By Arwa Lodhi
Spring is the time to slough off all the dry, dead skin you’ve accumulated over the winter, and to put your best face forward with a primavera glow! Whether it’s an organic body gel to use every day or a deep cleaning mask for skincare emergencies, we’ve found some incredibly effective skincare products to spring clean your skin, no matter what your skin type.
But besides knowing which products to use (and let’s not forget: organic skincare products are the ONLY way to keep not only your skin clean, but your body clean as well–you will absorb any chemicals in ‘conventional’ products. Who wants that?) you’ll need to know how to give yourself a good facial.
First, take off all makeup. Secondly, use an exfoliant, but be SURE it’s a natural one! Those with microbeads have devastating effects on the environment: they kill certain forms of marine life, and because they are so tiny, they are not filtered out by city water purification schemes and can end up in your drinking water! Thirdly, steam your face to open pores. Fourth, gently pat on a mask that’s right for your skin type. Finally, moisturise well!
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In the Shower & Bath
Winner of several Beauty Awards, this delightfully scented body wash contains high concentrations of Moroccan Rose Otto Oil, one of the world’s most expensive oils, revered for its skin toning qualities. Not only will you come out of the shower feeling cleaner, but also like you’ve just spent a few wonderful minutes in a rose garden in the rain.
Best for: Dry and mature skin
This is a firm favourite here at Eluxe. Not only is the gel rich but gentle and slightly hydrating, the citrusy scent is super-refreshing, too. A little of this concentrated formula goes a long way!
Best for: All skin types
Bam! As soon as you apply this thick gel in the shower, you’re hit by a ‘wake-me-up’ smack of fresh lime scent, followed by a hint of tangy mandarin. Free from synthetic foaming agents, detergents, SLS, petrochemicals and parabens, this gentle shower gel will not only leave you clean, but will perk you up, too!
Best for: All skin types
Using anti-oxidizing green tea and gentle aloe vera as its base, this shower gel smells as refreshing as a morning cuppa and is gentle enough for any skin type. The gel has anti-ageing properties and never dries the skin out, but gets the job done.
Best for: Dry and dull skin
Cleansers & Toners
Pai’s face wash uses the power of flowers: Camellia and Rose to be specific. This gentle cleanser easily removes everyday grime and make-up whilst infusing your skin with the goodness of omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E. It leaves skin super clean, smooth and hydrated.
Best for: All skin types, especially sensitive skin
Nothing makes you feel prettier and cleaner than having dewy facial skin that wafts a scent of roses. This soothing and effective milky-textured cleanser comes housed in a small but heavy violet hued bottle. Just dab a bit onto a cloth or cotton wool and wipe makeup and grime away!
Best for: Oily to combination skin
Rich in over half a dozen different types of nourishing oils, this is guaranteed to remove every trace of oil, dirt and makeup. Just apply a few drops to a wet face cloth or cotton round, and wipe the day away! Personally, that’s enough cleansing for me, and I like to let the oils sink in, but if you prefer to wipe the oils away, try following up with one of the tonics below.
Best for: Makeup removal
This brand new all-natural Greek brand uses many organic ingredients and specialises in a rather odd beauty ingredient: colloidal silver, which has many uses for skin care. For example, it can be used for general skin care issues, such as splotchy skin and acne, which are caused by bacterial build-up in the layers of the skin. As bacteria is killed off very quickly when a silver solution is applied to it, many find that their acne and complexion issues clear up fairly quickly when they use this product, even though it’s also excellent for dry skins, too. But for pimples and splotches, the key is to use the cleanser regularly to fully experience the benefits of colloidal silver.
Best for: Acne prone skin
This gentle tonic by yet another all natural Greek beauty brand cleanses and removes excess oil, and provides beneficial anti-oxidants thanks to the pomegranate it contains. Perfect for using after an oil-based makeup remover.
Best for: All skin types.
The four all natural key ingredients of this unique product–donkey milk, aloe vera extract, vitamin E, and orange fruit extract–aid cellular regeneration, collagen production, pH regulation, and protect and promote skin health This gentle 3-in-1 micellar cleanser acts as a cleanser, toner and make up remover. Plus, it’s produced in small batches on a tiny Greek donkey farm. Yes, really!
Best for: All skin types
Rich in calming chamomile, rice milk and essential oils, this isn’t just one of those sprays that are meant to refresh your skin; this baby actually cleanses if you want it to, too. While it can indeed be used as a mere spritzer, to really milk its benefits, spray it on a cotton pad and wipe all over your visage. Then spray a bit more, let it sink in, and moisturize. Don’t you look dewy?
Best for: Sensitive skin, but all skin types will benefit
Exfoliators and Scrubs
Actually, exfoliators and scrubs are the same thing: they use tiny particles of materials such as apricot kernels, coffee beans, sugar and other ingredients that are good enough to eat! However, as I mentioned, many companies are now swapping these natural components for plastic microbeads–not because they are more effective (they are not!) but because it’s cheaper for them. Avoid any scrub from big brands like L’Oreal, Nutragena, or even Dior as they are likely to contain these tiny bits of plastic that kill marine life and end up being consumed by us through the fish that end up eating them. They’ve also been found in drinking water! The list of scrubs below is 100% safe and natural.
The antioxidizing power of finely ground Acai seeds is combined with crushed apricot seeds to create a product that is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. The delicate, natural melon seed fragrance is a nice touch, and Vitamin E is also added to protect and nourish the skin.
Best for: Sensitive skin
We love the natural grains and texture of this gentle scrub, which definitely improves surface texture and illuminates skin immediately. Thought we haven’t noticed this effect yet, the 100% natural formula is said to eliminate dark spots and discolourations too, leaving a more even skin-tone. Created by a former Norwegian male model, the packaging is just as gorgeous as its creator!
Best for: All skin types, especially oily and dull
Masks and Deep Cleaners
This intense treatment smooths the skin whilst deep cleaning. Strawberry seed extracts plump and nourish whilst rice germ and millet seed protect and cleanse. Gentle enough to leave on overnight, or if you like, smooth on for a few minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Best for: Combination or Mature Skin
This mask is a combination of organic plant oils, antioxidants, vitamins and carefully selected essential oils which practically makes it a vitamin injection for dry skin. Just dab on clean skin, wipe off after about 15 minutes, and you’ll see softer, smoother, cleaner skin right away.
Best for: Dry Skin
Moroccans have long known that natural Rhassoul Clay can be used as a face and body mask in addition to being a potent cleanser. The clay contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium, all of which when combined reduce dryness, improve skin clarity, elasticity and firmness. The clay is also proven to remove surface oil and oil from inside and around comedones (a.k.a. blackheads or whiteheads) Finally, this deep cleaning mask removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the skin’s surface. Just make a paste with water, apply and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. One of our faves here at Eluxe!