Glam - October 31, 2018

10 of the Best Clean and Non-Toxic Facial Cleansers

Moving from traditional skin care, personal care and beauty items over to cleaner, healthier, non-toxic products should be on your goal list for 2019! You might remember learning way back when in school that your skin is the largest organ in your body which means you need to be just as picky with the products you put on your body as you are with the ingredients you put in your mouth. Making the transition from your old school beauty favorites to new may be unfamiliar to you brands won’t happen overnight. Slowly though, by making a conscious effort to invest in better products, you can reduce the number of toxic chemicals you come in contact with every day. While the U.S. has chosen only to ban about 30 ingredients, Europe maintains stricter policies when it comes to dangerous ingredients in food and cosmetics. Europe has nearly 1400 ingredients banned from use. Here’s an excellent opportunity to shift towards a new cleanser that not only is safer for your overall health but also might be more appropriate for your winter skin needs. Traditional cleansers with fragrances and preservatives can actually be the source of your acne issues. Denatured alcohol, a common ingredient in traditional skin care products might be the reason for your dry, flaky skin. We recently launched MAED’s Guide to Winter Skin, and Part One was all about the importance of using the right cleanser for your skin type. Here is a list of our 10 favorite tried and tested non-toxic facial cleansers.

Ursa Major “Fantastic Face Wash”

With a woodsy scent and foaming formula, this cleanser gently exfoliates while removing the dirt that has accumulated on your skin.  Antioxidants in the white tea help your skin stay healthy and clear. The soothing aloe hydrates and the glycolic acid from the sugarcane brightens to leave your skin clean and glowing. $28

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Juice Beauty “Cleansing Milk”

A makeup-removing cleansing milk, this formula gently cleanses while hydrating the skin with grapeseed, aloe and sesame. The resveratrol from the grapeseed also leave the skin toned while chamomile and linden soothe any sensitivities. Additionally, nutrients such as vitamin C and B5 in the cleanser continue to nourish the skin. $25

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True Botanicals “Renew Hydrating Cleanser”

A cleanser dedicated to skin renewal and hydration, this formula utilizes green tea seed extract to exfoliate and moisturize the skin, breaking down dead skin cells. A combination of green and white tea tone the skin and fight inflammation while jojoba oil helps to regulate your oil production. Finally, aloe vera will firm up the skin and help it retain its hydration. $48

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Osea “Ocean Cleanser”

With lactic acid derived from fermented beets, this non-foaming ocean cleanser gently exfoliates while revealing a brighter, cleaner skin. A combination of cypress oil and jojoba seed oil help balance the oil production in the skin as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and blemishes. Juniper leaf essential oil will help pull out the impurities and seaweed is used for locked in moisture. You’ll find your skin refreshed and hydrated. $48

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Acure “Radically Rejuvenating Cleansing Cream”

This cleansing cream foams up for a soothing cleansing ritual. You’ll feel rejuvenated and awake with the spearmint as it cleanses the pores and washes off dirty and grime. Cocoa butter, Moroccan argan oil and olive oil come together to bring a sense of deep hydration and leave you with soft skin that doesn’t feel dry or stripped of its natural oils. $8

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BeautyCounter “Rejuvenating Face Cleanser”

Combining the calming properties of green tea extract and the moisturizing components of the apricot kernel, grapeseed and sweet almond oil, you won’t be worried about dry or irritated skin with this cleanser. $43

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Avalon “Hydrating Cleansing Milk with Vitamin C”

When it comes to cleansing milks, this one is specially designed to fight environmental damage and pollution with its high levels of antioxidants. Vitamin C is specifically used in this cleansing milk to neutralize the free radicals caused by the everyday exposure to UV rays and other pollutants. Combined with white tea and lemon biflavanoids, the soothing milk with help reverse damage and cleanse the skin gently. $11

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100% Pure “Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Cleanser”

This cleanser is especially useful for those who have blemish-prone skin with its power ingredients of tea tree and willow. It has a runny texture and is great paired with a konjac sponge. Not only will its antibacterial properties help create a discouraging environment for bacteria on your skin, but it will also help lift out the pore impurities and excess oil often associated with acne-prone skin. $34

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MUN “Akwi Purifying Cleanser”

This thick oil-based cleanser is perfect for when you’re needing to remove makeup and get a good cleanse at the same time. With a pH balance between 4.7 and 5.7, it’s gentle and non-disruptive. Ingredients such as argan oil and camellia seed oil leave the skin moisturized while rice bran oil brightens it up. Castor seed oil hydrates, detoxifies and helps unclog pores, giving you the supple skin of your dreams. $65

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Tata Harper “Regenerating Cleanser”

This cleanser from Tata Harper works to clear up congestion and buildup in blocked pores. With apricot seed powder to boost its exfoliating powers and white clay to clarify the skin, it’s designed to help even out skin texture and brighten dull skin without leaving stripping the skin of the hydration it needs. $42

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