NATURAL FACE CLEANSERS

Did you know that our skin needs to be a PH balance of 5.5 to maintain a healthy, flawless and glowing complexion? If our PH is out of wack, i.e too alkaline, we can experience some pretty UN-IDEAL consequences such as dry, irritated and sensitive skin (eczema, psoriasis and acne anyone?). 

MODEL - JORDAN SIMEK / MAKEUP DEPTHS OF BEAUTY / PHOTO EMMILY BANKS

MODEL - JORDAN SIMEK / MAKEUP DEPTHS OF BEAUTY / PHOTO EMMILY BANKS

To help maintain healthy skin, it is VITAL that we use gentle, nourishing, hydrating cleansers so as not to strip our skins natural oils and leave us looking and feeling dry and flaky or overly oily and shiny!

Its also really important NOT to over cleanse our skin too. We've become accustom to cleansing with REALLY HARSH foaming products (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate being one of the main ingredient offenders) that leave our skin feeling 'squeeky' clean! Though reality is, this isn't how our skin/bodies are designed to optimally function. We NEED the hydration of our skins natural oils. Seriously, the best 'moisturiser' for your skin is YOUR OWN natural oils - so please stop stripping them!

We do however, need to remove excess impurities, dirt and makeup that can build up and block our pores during the day, so I've compiled a list of some of my favourite gentle, hydrating, non toxic cleansers for optimal skin health. ALL tested and trialled by yours truly!


TYPES OF CLEANSERS 

OILS - Best for all skin types! Oils help to balance oily skins ph which will in turn, reduce excess oil production OR they will help to add hydration to dry skin. Use with and organic cotton pad. 

LIGHTLY FOAMING CLEANSERS - Best for combination to oily skin and those who may need to remove excess makeup or dirt etc. 

MILKY/HYDRATING CLEANSERS - Best for normal to dry skin. These types of cleansers won't leave your skin feeling stripped of oils, instead you might feel like its also acted as a moisturiser. I like to use a muslin cloth or organic cotton pad with these types of cleansers to help remove makeup or dirt.


OIL CLEANSERS 

They're pretty darn awesome. Oils are accessible, affordable and you can trust that they won't be hiding any nasty toxic ingredients. "One ingredient" products are my favourite! You only need to use a really small few drops on an organic cotton pad and swipe over entire face to cleanse. 

Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil are two great options, though you can use ANY oil. 

RRP $10-$30 FIND HERE

MY THOUGHTS - I am ALL for using coconut oil to remove makeup, I use it DAILY on clients, and I would personally be inclined to ONLY cleanse with oil if I didn't have SO many other options (being a natural beauty blogger means I have a LOT to choose from these days). For this reason only, I save my oils as moisturisers and use the below cleansers as I don't want to waste a single thing!


MUKTI HYDRATING CLEANSING LOTION 

A gentle organic hydrating cleanser that removes impurities leaving the skin fresh, supple and nourished. Suited to COMBINATION/OILY SKIN 

BIOACTIVE NATIVE EXTRACTS: Kakadu Plum, Mountain Pepper Leaf

RRP $49.95 LARGE (200ml) FIND HERE

MUKTI BALANCING FOAMING CLEANSER

A lightly foaming organic wash that gently cleanses, balances and removes excess oil and impurities. Suited to NORMAL/DRY SKIN 

BIOACTIVE NATIVE EXTRACTS: Flame Tree, Mountain Pepper Leaf

RRP $49.95 LARGE (200ml) FIND HERE 

MY THOUGHTS  I love both of these cleansers, they smell divine (as does everything from Mukti) and leave my skin feeling fresh. I must admit, I'm a sucker for the lightly foaming option though, its just removes makeup quicker than milky cleansers. I would recommend the foaming to those who require fast cleansing and the hydrating to those who have dry skin or don't wear much makeup.


WELEDA GENTLE CLEANSING MILK 

Gently removes impurities and make-up. It leaves your skin feeling soft, clean and revitalised while maintaining its natural balance.

Made with natural ingredients including organic cold-pressed jojoba oil, sesame oil, witch hazel extract and essential oils, this product is best for those with normal or dry skin.

RRP $24.95 (100ml) FIND HERE

WELEDA ONE STEP CLEANSER AND TONER 

Helps to cleanse and revitalise. It easily removes make-up and banishes impurities while leaving your skin feeling soft and ready to receive the maximum benefit from your moisturiser.

Made with natural Olive Oil, Iris Root Extract and Witch Hazel, it is suitable for those with normal and combination skin. 

RRP $24.95 (100ml) FIND HERE

MY THOUGHTS The milk smells gorgeous. Its a light watery consistency and leaves my skin feeling really cleansed and hydrated. The two in one is awesome if you are prone to break outs as it tones and hydrates at once. It leaves skin feeling REALLY fresh, almost minty! I personally find it a bit too cleansing to use daily though. I always take it on little trips away/travel though.


Edible Beauty No. 1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk

EDIBLE BEAUTY 

EDIBLE BEAUTY 

The gentle formula works perfectly on all skin types, even those with the most easily irritated complexions. It leaves skin feeling satin soft, fresh and hydrated.

Made with botanical ingredients including Coconut Oil for easy removal of makeup, as well as environmental toxins and dead skin cells; apple extract and wattle seed extract. 

RRP $49.95 LARGE (200ml) FIND HERE

MY THOUGHTS This brand is super luxe. It just looks, smells and feels really special. The cleansing milk is a nice creamy consistency, a bit on the thicker side of the spectrum too. It leaves skin feeling gorgeously hydrated. 


100% PURE BRIGHTENING SCRUB AND MASK

100% PURE 

100% PURE 

A nourishing facial mask to rejuvenate your skin and alsogently exfoliate with Jojoba beads. Rather than using harsh chemical skin lighteners, this 100% Pure formula gets its brightening effect natural, gentle ingredients like Bearberry, Kojic Acid, Sake, Fruit Acids, Licorice, Vitamin C, Lemon Juice and Strawberries. YUM.

RRP $34.95 (118ml) FIND HERE 

MY THOUGHTS This mask/scrub is great to use a few days per week. I don't personally think scrubs (as light or soft as they might be) are great for daily use but I do think there's a great place for them! I love using this in summer when my skin is feeling a little dry and I need to rid any flaking etc. Smells beautiful and works well. 


MOKOSH FACE CLEANSING POWDER 

MOKOSH

MOKOSH

This is a super gentle, nourishing face cleansing powder. Yep its a little different as you need to add water to make it into a paste. With ingredients like oats, neem, lemon, coconut, rose, clay, tulsi leaf and wheatgrass it leaves your skin feeling super soft, nourished and hydrated. 

RRP $43.00 (125g) FIND HERE

MY THOUGHTS - Cleansing with a powder formula takes a little getting used to. It's a tad fiddly but its also quite fun! It almost feels like a mask when its on and it has a great texture to lightly massage and lightly scrub the skin. It leaves my skin feeling super soft - softer than most other cleansers! I also LOVE the packaging (sucker for pretty things).


The above are only a small selection of fabulous natural cleansers available! Be sure to let us know if you have any current favourites in the comments below.