3 Simple Ways to Natural Facial Cleansing

May 02, 2019

3 Simple Ways to Natural Facial Cleansing

Say goodbye to conventional make up removers and face wash. If you're curious about all-natural facial cleansers, read on to help you with the transition.

If you're anything like me, you have been using years upon years of drugstore and department store makeup removers and facial cleansers. But a lot of these face washes are filled with irritants and toxins, and can be pretty harsh to your skin. Curious about natural cleansers, and whether they hold up against conventional products in getting rid of dirt and makeup? I tried out various products and chose the best ones for Ample + Good.

Wildcraft makeup remover
1) Best for makeup wearers: Wildcraft's Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover

Ingredients: Calendula*, chamomile* and rose* infused witch hazel*, aloe vera juice*, avocado oil, honey*, calendula* infused sunflower oil*, castor oil, jojoba oil*, rosehip seed oil*.* organic

Yes, this is the real deal. I have used this makeup remover to get rid of foundation, bronzer, and mascara. Not just any mascara, but Benefit's They're Real! mascara, which is notoriously hard to remove (they even made their own remover for it). 

As with any makeup remover, I would follow up with a face wash (a double cleanse) to get rid of lingering dirt. Wildcraft has developed this makeup remover as an introduction to oil cleansing, and it can be used as just a cleanser as well. So you can technically use this on a facial round to remove specific makeup, and then do a once-over on a clean facial round for an overall cleanse. Otherwise, use your existing face wash (or try this one from Niu Body) before you apply your toners, serums or moisturizers.

I typically use about 3-5 "shots" of the remover on my facial round per eye if I'm wearing mascara. Our 120ml bottle should last 1-2 months with daily use. Keep in mind that the natural products we carry are truly natural; they don't use any artificial preservatives to prolong shelf life. Use your products regularly, don't keep them sitting around for a special occasion!

NIU BODY oil cleansers

2) Best for overall cleansing: NIU BODY's Nourish Cleansing Oil

Ingredients (dry/normal skin formula): Caprylic/Capric Trigylceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Oil), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Essential Oil)

Have you heard of oil cleansing? Oil cleansing is a way to cleanse your skin without stripping it of all essential moisture. If you use conventional face washes, it’s pretty likely that your face feels dry and tight after. Obviously a bad thing.

NIU BODY’s oil cleansers use fractionated coconut oil, which is an oil made from coconut oil – but it’s not the same stuff as you use in your kitchen. It’s made by separating the different types of fats in regular coconut oil, and it stays liquid. Best of all, it’s non-comedogenic, so it doesn’t clog your precious pores.

This cleansing oil can be used as a makeup remover, or as a general facial cleanser. Again, I recommend a double cleanse to get rid of lingering dirt. Otherwise, a really nice way to clean off excess oil is to soak a washcloth with hot water, wring it out, and pat your face down. Then your face is ready for your toner, serum and moisturizer!

Bkind konjac sponges
3) Best for a minimal routine: Bkind's Pink Clay Konjac Sponge

Materials: Konjac root fibre sponge, cotton string.

If your makeup routine is minimal or none, then a natural konjac sponge is the perfect cleanser for you. Made from konjac root fibres (an Asian plant), konjac sponges are extremely gentle exfoliators – gentle enough for a baby (which is who they were originally used for).

Use it wet only! When you first touch it, it’s lightweight, but completely dry and hard. Simply soak it in warm water to hydrate it, until it becomes a moist, silky soft sponge – then it’s ready for cleansing. In small circles, buff your face and remove any dirt or makeup with the sponge. If you feel like you need more cleaning, add a tiny bit of cleanser to the sponge. Once you’re done, run it under warm water and gently squeeze out the excess a few times. Hang it up using the attached string, and let it air dry. Keep it out of the shower and off a solid surface.

A nice little tip is to use a konjac sponge to exfoliate before putting on makeup. Your skin will be nice and smooth, yet the exfoliation is gentle enough to prevent any aggravation.

I like to bring my konjac sponge into the shower, so that it’s a separate step from my usual cleansing. It can be used every day, so your skin will stay fresh and free from dead skin cells!

Thanks for reading,

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