If you are interested in natural cosmetics or looking to put together the right products for a simple and effective, daily skincare routine, then I’ve got your back. One of my favourite all-natural skincare destinations just opened a physical store in Darmstadt, Germany. To celebrate the opening of Woodberg I cherry picked three multi-tasking products from three of the coolest natural skincare brands.
Grown Alchemist Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser, Olive Leaf & Plantago Extract. This is an Australian brand with really nice packaging, oh and the products happen to be really good too! The cream cleanser is super gentle and removes make-up or SPF. It might take some getting used to if you haven’t used a cream cleanser before and I recommend a wet flannel (washcloth) as this removes the product easily and gently sloughs away dead skin. If it feels heavy stick with it as you will notice the difference on your skin and you may get away with using less moisturiser. The natural ingredients are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask. This is a cute brand from the US with products that look and sound a bit playful. The exfoliating gel mask will gently exfoliate the skin and unclog the pores when used a couple times a week. It contains white willow bark which works as a BHA, the natural ingredient has the power to exfoliate whilst purifying the skin and pores. Blue tansy and aloe vera are there to soothe whilst the other ingredients get to work. This has a nice sweet/herbal smell and feels cooling on the skin. I leave it on for 20 minutes until it’s dry, after a rinse I give a final wipe with the flannel to quickly and easily remove everything.
Sûrface Face Cream. This brand is from Milan with a focus on city living. This means the products are formulated with plenty of natural antioxidants to neutralise the effects of pollution on the skin. I chose this as it contains a natural UV filter, the brand uses γ-oryzanol which is extracted from rice bran oil. It doesn’t give a UV rating so I wouldn’t rely on this solely when the sun is beating down but certain natural ingredients do harness the power to protect skin from the sun (read my post Eat Your SPF). As UV protection is the result of a natural ingredient rather than a synthetic sun block you can use this morning and evening. The natural smell is mild and gender neutral and whilst it feels quite rich it doesn’t feel oily on my skin.
A gentle cleanser combined with an exfoliator and a moisturiser will keep your skin in good shape. Once you are down with this the next step would be to look at serums. These tend to be a thinner consistency with smaller molecules that absorb deeper into the skin whereas a moisturiser will provide surface hydration and protection. There are many different serums that serve different purposes. I have reviewed lot’s of different products on this blog and you can always reach me in the comments section or on social media if you have any questions. I could talk about this stuff all day long!