It’s 2017 and you’re living a life of wellness: you exercise regularly, drink cold-pressed juices for breakfast, successfully eliminated processed foods from your diet, and incorporated coconut oil into every aspect of your life. Now, here’s one more to add to your repertoire: natural skincare brands.
These are products concocted with natural active ingredients and are free of parabens and other assorted synthetic ingredients that do no good. Your skin is after all, a sponge that absorbs what you slather onto it. Why not nourish it with only the best ingredients?
This is an awakening seen throughout the world as more consumers started being aware of potentially harmful ingredients found in skincare products. Global research firm Persistence Market Research for instance notes that the market for organic and beauty skincare products will hit just under US$22 billion by 2024, up from just US$11 million in 2016.
Still, make no mistake; not every natural ingredient is good for the skin, and not all synthetic ingredients are carcinogenic. Educating yourself on natural ingredients that could potentially cause problematic skin is always a good idea and staying vigilant when purchasing products from natural skincare brands is the smart thing to do. So where does one start? Here are 5 natural skincare brands we’ve picked out for you.
Australian-based Grown Alchemist is a botanical skincare brand that stresses on the use of natural ingredients and are certified organic by the Australian Certified Organic body (ACO). The brand is also known for using antioxidants to protect skin from external aggressors. Their minimalist packaging and glass bottles are on-point and also functional. Glass is after all, inert, which means it won’t chemically affect the product it holds. The tubes they use are aluminium-lined, which prevents them from being contaminated by any external factors such as air, water, and chemicals.
Try: Antioxidant Facial Oil: Borago, Rosehip & Buckthorn Berry
Neal’s Yard Remedies is a UK brand that has been around for a while now, and easily identifiable with the blue bottles they use for their skincare products. Established in 1981, Neal’s Yard Remedies was one of the first few natural skincare brands to “push against the synthetic approach to skin and health care”, being the first brand in the UK to stock certified organic essential oils from France.
Try: Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
RM250, Neal’s Yard Remedies
Three’s minimally chic packaging is certainly beautiful but the quality of the products speak for itself. The Japanese beauty brand strives to use as many natural ingredients in its range as possible, and also uses native Japanese ingredients such as fossilised coral powder and sea silt. Three uses botanical oils that have been certified by Soil Association Certification, one of the UK’s leading organic certifier, so you can be sure that the stuff inside is good for you.
Try: THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil
There has been a host of natural skincare brands hailing from South Korea of late, with one of them being Olivarrier. The skincare brand adopts a “less but better” philosophy by incorporating plant-based triply hyaluronic acid and 100% pure plant-based olive squalene to give skin maximum hydration. Here’s a fun fact: it’s a certified halal skincare brand in Japan, which makes it perfect for conscious Muslimahs.
Try: Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence
Herbivore Botanicals came about by accident; co-founder Julia Wills was tinkering around with homemade soaps and was able to alleviate her husband Alexander Kummerow’s (also the co-founder of the brand) skin irritation. The soaps were the first products to be made by Herbivore Botanicals, but the brand quickly expanded its range to include facial oils, masks, and more. Their skincare includes “natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging, many certified organic ingredients.” We’ll take it.
Try: Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfood Night Treatment