#CLEANBEAUTY FAVES WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
Quinoa with a side of petroleum? Grilled haloumi with a reduction of lead? Sounds ridiculous, but healthy foodies painstakingly source the best of produce and food but will often neglect the ingredients in their lipstick or moisturizer. The average woman consumes seven pounds of lipstick in their lifetime according to the Huffington Post, with the darker shades containing several times the amount of lead than a neutral tone. Our skin, the largest organ in the body absorbs what is slathered on it. If you want to reduce the amount of toxins in your body, look first what you put on it. Cold turkey may be difficult (we love our old favourites such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub (full of nasties and parabens) and most drug-store shampoos which contain sulfates – the ingredient that creates that wonderful lather in shampoos, but have been touted as carcinogenic. Here are a few products that we love inside and out.
Photo Credit: Ilya
Back in the day (before we knew better) we would buff our poor lips with an old toothbrush and petroleum jelly. Now we're hooked on this divine lip exfoliator made with nourishing, organic ingredients like sunflower seed oil and sesame seed oil. We ordered this from Netaporter and it is the one think we can’t live without. With little bits of grainy volcanic sand powder, lips come out exfoliated and oh so kissable smooth.
Photo Credit: This Works
We first learnt about This Works back when Andrea was an Beauty intern at Grazia in London. Started in 2003 by former Beauty Director of Vogue UK and International journalist, Kathy Phillips, as an antidote to modern life, its impact on skin and wellbeing.As both yoga teacher and beauty expert, Kathy understood the link between lifestyle and skin health. We must admit, we slather this all over, not just on legs - it works wonderfully on the driest of skins and absorbs beautifully. She was right, this stuff works. Plus, we brought it on holiday with us and no leaks after two flights. #winning!
Photo Credit: RMS
The love affair continues with the RMS line. Known primarily as a natural make up brand created by make up artist to the stars, Rose Marie Swift, her organic facial oil is quite simply lovely. Packaged in an elegant white glass tube, our staff raves about the texture and consistency of this oil. One or two drops is all that is needed to cover the face, without the greasy texture. Containing exotic oils like Buriti oil, which has recently been found to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun, and rare herbal extracts made in-house exclusively for rms beauty, a little goes a long way.
Photo Credit: Deciem
A friend of ours recently introduced us to a Canadian chemist called Deciem (thanks Diveesha!) that is taking the skincare world by store with its focus on science and efficacy across its various lines. Whilst browsing the site, the Sanskrit Saponins cleanser by NIOD piqued our interest. Now we are going to get a bit technical here - this is a viscous and intense cleaning balm for the face formulated with highly-concentrated, very-unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants. There are ZERO synthetic surfactants, sulphates, oils, esters or micellar technologies. It is a pH-balanced suspension of the amino acid, Lysine, in saponins from the Ayurvedic plants shikakai and sapindus mukorossi. Now, it does smell a little... earthy, but not in an unpleasant way. We usually pre-cleanse with a Micellar Water and then use this for utterly clean skin.