The key to choosing the perfect cleanser for your skin is understanding the ingredient list to see what's actually in the product, so you can make a better judgment about how it will act on your skin—if it will be too harsh and drying, or if it will clean effectively without disrupting your natural pH level.
Today, we’re going to give you a few examples of gentle natural cleansing ingredients that will clean your skin, but also moisturize. All of these ingredients in addition to the way your skin will look and feel is the perfect reason to keep a close watch for these lovely ingredients.
1. Aloe vera
Aloe is a great cleansing ingredient. It helps to gently exfoliate while purifying pores and leaves your skin feeling soft and comfortable. In fact, it’s so effective at cleansing that it’s often used for oily skin.
At the same time, aloe’s vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and natural moisturizers nourish and hydrate skin, so that when you’re finished cleansing, your skin feels softer—not dry and tight, as is the case with many other cleansers. Aloe vera is great at moisturizing without leaving a greasy feel, so it’s perfect for all skin types.
It contains a number of natural antioxidants, which help protect the skin from environmental stressors. Beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E also help keep the skin moisturized, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
We all know that lavender smells good and offers a soothing, calming presence in your home, but did you know that lavender also effectively cleans skin?
Lavender is recommended for use in cleansers and in lotions for oily skin and is a good all-around skin protector and soother. It has excellent antioxidant activity, suggesting that it may help protect the skin from environmental stressors.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is a perennial herb which embodies a gentle, lemony fragrance. This herb holds an abundance of benefits which have been widely used in Ancient Greece, over 2,000 years ago, to modern day England and North America. The effects of lemon balm also help to relieve an over active mind and provide a sense of overall balance.
What makes this herb a wonderful addition in skin care products? It’s ability to protect against environmental stressors. The caffeic and ferulic acid, which are present within this plant are potent antioxidants. Lemon balm can be used in herbal steams for oily skin. Plus, it smells so fresh and clean that it leaves you feeling great for hours.
Hyssop comes from an herb called Hyssopus officinalis, which is native to the Middle East and southern Europe. The leaves, stems, and flowers are known for their cleansing properties—perfect for oily skin! A great benefit of Hyssop is that it helps minimize the appearance of pores, making skin look softer and smoother. It can also help liven up your complexion as well as balance oil and has a reputation for helping those with sensitive skin.
Hyssop is a great ingredient found in cleansers because it can help your skin look more vibrant and awake. In fact, it was also used historically to clean out unwanted energies from temples and sacred places—providing a fresh start.
Neem is widely known as a skin healing ingredient that helps exfoliates the skin. This makes it the perfect cleansing ingredient for all skin types, but especially for those struggling with oily and sensitive skin. It's perfect for delivering radiant and moisturized skin after cleansing.
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Annmarie Gianni is a mother, health activist, entrepreneur, and founder of 3 successful businesses. Over ten years ago, she and her husband, Kevin, formed a team and Annmarie Skin Care was founded to provide a clean, natural skin care experience using natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. After a few years of focusing on creating a successful skin care business, Annmarie was able to step away and focus on raising her kids. Today, you’d find Annmarie volunteering her time at her kid’s school, helping out at community events, going on trail runs, and spending quality time with her family.
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