The rage for clean beauty products and brands is increasing day by day. But the real meaning of ‘clean beauty’ can mean different things to different people and that’s what makes it so special. These are some of the meanings of clean beauty to different people:
1. You’re actively looking for ways to decrease the use of harmful chemicals that can cause damage to your skin. But this may mean that you are still using products that contain these chemicals.
2. You are looking for products that do not contain any chemicals and want to opt for a natural skincare routine
3. You use clean beauty products for certain parts of your skincare routine like cleansers and soaps but still use controversial chemicals for other aspects of your routine.
Despite all the reasons, you have attempted to look for a way to live a cleaner life and that is truly the first step. Just because you are taking the step to adopt a cleaner skincare routine does not mean that you have to throw away everything that you own and start fresh. You can adapt or swap out specific products in your vanity for cleaner products and still be clean. We are here to guide you through a simple skincare routine with just clean products. Let’s get into this.
Step 1: Cleanser
The first step to any skincare routine is to find yourself a great cleanser. Cleansers are important because they help your skin to take away dirt, oil, and impurities from your skin giving you a clean canvas. By making cleansing a part of your AM and PM routine you can help rid your skin of these irritants, and in return, keep it healthy-looking and glowing. This in return will help your skin soak up all the amazing skincare that follows.
Our favorite and the most versatile clean beauty cleanser is the Black Mint Cleanser from Odacité. This cleanser is a purifying cleanser made of a minty gel that instantly deep cleans your skin and eliminates excess oils, makeup, and environmental pollutants. You are left with clear and matte skin with hydration still in place.
Step 2: Exfoliation
While exfoliation is not required in every skincare routine nor do you have to exfoliate every day but once you understand why exfoliation is important you will surely adapt it to your skincare routine. Exfoliation is crucial to improve the look of the skin. When you remove dead skin cells, the skin looks more radiant. It also allows you to have a more effective skincare regime.
It takes you 2 minutes to exfoliate but finding a great clean beauty exfoliator is crucial. Our favorite exfoliator is Refining Dual-Action Radiance Polish from Amala Beauty. Made with Willow Bark Extract which is a natural BHA that soothes the skin and hydrates it, Finely crushes raspberry seeds helps to remove pigmented or dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin, and finally sugar beet amino acids that help the skin from losing moisture & reduce redness. This scrub will leave you with a brighter complexion and an even skin tone.
Step 3: Toner
After cleansing and exfoliating your skin needs to go back to its natural pH. Toners also help remove any last bits of dirt, grime, and impurities that might still be stuck in your pores. They also prep up your skin for what follows after.
For us, a toner should also be hydrating and quench our thirsty skin. The Balancing Toning Essence from Amala Beauty is our go-to. The Balancing Toning Essence is formulated with antioxidant-rich Mulberry Bark extract and hydrating Super Beet Amino Acids that brightens and unify the tone of your skin.
Step 4: Moisturiser
Hydration is key! Moisturizing your skin no matter what skin type you have is very important. After all the cleansing and exfoliation your skin is ready to suck up all the moisture that you will give to it. If you are looking for instant hydration look for products with Hyaluronic Acid in them. It instantly plumps and hydrates your skin. It is also worth understanding that most hydrating creams contain hyaluronic acid or some kind of supplement to it.
We love a great moisturizer that makes our skin look plump and hydrated all day. This is why we love the Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème from Odacité which provides long-lasting non-greasy moisture. Powered by Oleosomes which are found naturally in seeds and provide the skin with a steady dose of hydration and Hyaluronic Acid which is supported by organic Aloe Vera to hydrate & plump up the skin.
Step 5: Serum
Serums are important because they allow you to target certain problems specific to your skin. You can always purchase a product for your specific needs or you can opt to buy the serum concentrates from Odacité. Each of these serum concentrates is formulated with specific strong ingredients to attack and solve different problems. This will also allow you to solve specific problems that may occur during certain seasons and you don’t need to buy a whole cream for a single problem.
Step 5: Sunscreen
Now, that you have loaded up your skin with the anti-oxidants and hydration, it’s important to also protect your skin all day. Sunscreens are important because they protect your skin cells and provide a veil from the outside world. Choosing a good sunscreen is not very easy and it does not get easier trying to find the perfect clean beauty sunscreen.
The SUN PREP Broad Spectrum SPF25 from Hynt beauty is the holy grail of vegan, organic, and plant-powered sunscreen. The formula does not contain chemical type SPF and it is safe to wear to the beach. The cream is created in a way that moisturizes, primes, and provides protection to the skin creating the perfect base for your makeup.