It’s not just because as good citizens, we should care that our cosmetics are not tested on animals or are damaging to the environment, but also because our skin absorbs almost everything we put on it. In the quest to look good, we may actually be feeding our body with ageing chemicals and toxins. Luckily, a whole new crop of skincare brands have listened to their conscious consumers and brought out natural, ethical and effective products.
Here are my top 5 natural skincare products for spring.
Uandi Natural Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 $40 for 50ml at Uandi Natural I have only recently discovered Uandi Natural, but I love what the company stands for. It draws heavily on the traditional bush plant knowledge held by Indigenous Australians, by including potent botanicals and natural ingredients in their products. I actually use the facial moisturiser daily and can personally vouch for it. It is very lightweight but keeps my skin supple all day long. It is also infused with essential and natural oils and the only way I can describe it, is to say that it smells uniquely Australian.
KORA Organics Hydrating Mask $49.95 for 100ml at KORA OrganicsWho doesn’t want Miranda Kerr’s refreshingly clear skin? Here is your chance to use products from the range that she created herself and even has in her own bathroom cabinet. This hydrating mask is perfect for the transeasonal months (and for travel) to clean and rehydrate sensitive and tired skin. Like most of the other products in the range, it contains Miranda’s self confessed beauty secret, Noni Juice, along with other essential vitamins and minerals. Perfect to give skin a little moisture burst!
Sukin Organics Hydrating Mist Toner $8.40 for 125ml at Chemist Warehouse I find this product so effective and refreshing that I have one bottle at home and one in the office! I use it as a toner in the morning, as a freshener at work when I get a little flustered (it also counters the nasty effects of office air conditioning) and sometimes, I even use it to set my makeup and keep my skin looking fresh ahead of a big night out. Combining chamomile and rosewater, it soothes, tones and cools tired or dry skin. Sukin also sets a strong sustainability standard by being a 100% carbon neutral and vegan company.
U Little Beauty Vitamin C Serum for $39.95 for 30ml at KeySun After reading Zoe Foster’s book Amazing Face, I went straight out and got myself a serum, which I use at night under a regular moisturiser to try to combat the signs of ageing- and I am already noticing results. Again, this is a company that draws on natural Australian botanical ingredients, as the Kakadu Plum features heavily in this and other products. We have all heard that Vitamin C, applied topically, is a perfect response to wrinkles and our very own native Kakadu Plum has the highest natural vitamin C content of any fruit in the world!
Grown Hand Cream for $66.95 for 500ml at Grown Although I am a huge fan of the fact that this non greasy formulation is full of active botanicals, what makes me love it so much is the dreamy scent of vanilla and orange peel, which provides uplifting and calming aromatherapy properties. Grown ingredients are Certified Organic (which means you can trust it over other companies which use the word organic in a misleading way) and their wonderful website actually explains what each of the ingredients does and how it keeps you looking naturally gorgeous.
What are your top natural skincare products?