Did you know that over 85% of women in the United States apply a minimum of one beauty product to their skin each day? (Yup, we’re talking about you, mascara-wearers!). The average woman uses 12 personal care products daily, exposing herself to 168 unique chemicals—before lunchtime. This is a combination of skincare and cosmetics, but today we’re just going to focus on the former.
The skin is the body’s largest organ, and functions as a barrier between our insides and the outside world. It’s pretty incredible when you think about it! But this also means that whatever we put ON our skin is absorbed INTO our body. Prioritizing non toxic solutions to skincare is especially important for environmentally sensitive people, and here's why.
So what does this have to do with clean skincare?
We don’t know about you, but those numbers make our heads spin. We believe that what you put ON your skin should be as natural and clean as what you put IN your body. Just like you wouldn’t eat a candy bar for breakfast, you don’t want to start your day by applying harsh chemicals to your delicate facial skin.
So we set out on a quest to find the very best in clean skincare solutions—products that are free of harmful ingredients, yet still, deliver results. However, before we share with you those products, let's talk about the different types of skin.
There are four main types of skin:
If you have normal skin, that means your skin is well balanced—not too dry and not too oily. You don’t experience any breakouts, and your skin tone is even. Congrats! You’ve won the skin lottery. (We’re a little jealous.)
Dry skin is just what it sounds like—skin that doesn’t retain moisture well. If you have dry skin, you may notice that your skin feels tight, especially after showering or washing your face. You might also see flaking or rough patches, redness, or deep wrinkles.
Oily skin is the result of overactive sebaceous glands, which produce too much sebum. If you have oily skin, you may find that your face is shiny, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). You might also experience enlarged pores and blackheads or whiteheads, especially acne.
If you have combination skin, that means you have two or more skin types on different areas of your face. The most common combination is oily skin in the T-zone with dry or normal skin everywhere else. (We told you it was common!)
If you have sensitive skin, you may find that your skin is easily irritated by environmental factors, and reacts to ingredients in skincare products, cosmetics, or even clothing. You might experience redness, itchiness, burning, or even breakouts. This is why it’s important to choose skincare products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin.
Now that we’ve gone over the different types of skin, let’s get to our favorite clean skincare solutions!
Choosing a natural facewash is a great place to start when switching to clean skincare. This is because the face is the most exposed part of your body, and therefore more susceptible to environmental toxins and pollution. A good natural face wash will gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
One facewash that comes to mind is the Clarifying Acne Face Wash by Keeva Organics. This face wash is made of a 100% natural formula that is comprised of tea tree oil as the active ingredient for fighting acne. It works on hormonal, bacterial, and cystic acne, and doesn’t dry out your skin like other acne treatments.
One of the most important steps in any skincare routine is cleansing. This helps remove dirt, oil, makeup, and other impurities from the skin. A good facial cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed without stripping away its natural oils.
For dry skin, we strongly recommend Amaki Deep Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover with Squalane. This oil-based cleanser effectively dissolves makeup and impurities, while still being gentle on the skin. It is also free of chemicals & artificial fragrances, and most importantly, leaves your face clean and with a beautifully balanced oil profile.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try Keeva Bubbling Cleanser. This organic face wash uses the highest quality tea tree oil that nourishes the skin without causing dryness or irritation. It clears acne from deep within the pores, not just on the surface. Our formula has antiseptic properties which tame blemishes and balance oil production on the face.
Toning is an important step in any skincare routine, but it’s often overlooked. Facial toner helps remove any remaining dirt and impurities from the skin, and can also help restore its natural pH balance. It’s important to choose a toner that is suitable for your skin type.
For dry skin, we recommend the Rose Water Hydrating Mist Toner by Amaki. This organic face toner is made with rose water, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and irritation. It also restores your skin's pH balance and absorbs excess oils without drying out your skin.
A good moisturizer is important for all skin types. It helps hydrate the skin and can also help restore its natural barrier function. A healthy barrier helps keep moisture in and irritants out.
Our go-to moisturizer for people with sensitive skin is FaceRx Moisturizing Cream by Oncoderm Labs. This lightweight, non-greasy face moisturizer is formulated with skin-soothing seaweed, cell-regenerating resveratrol, green tea polyphenols, cucumber, and plant squalane. It also contains hyaluronic acid to prevent dryness and lock in moisture for up to twelve hours!
Now that we’ve gone over the different types of skin and some of our favorite clean skincare solutions, you should have a good idea of where to start when switching to a clean skincare routine. Remember, the most important thing is to find what works for you and your skin type. Start with a few basics and build from there. Your skin will thank you for it!