We can all do our bit for the environment and that includes the products we choose to put on our body. Natural beauty is not only kinder to the planet but is also kinder to our skin.
As people become more aware of their impact on the environment, the demand for traditional chemical-based beauty products is declining while natural alternatives are booming. A 2019 study by Statista showed that 58 per cent of female consumers in the US look for natural or organic products while shopping for their beauty needs.
And it’s no surprise people are eschewing chemical-laden products – natural beauty alternatives pack a punch when it comes to nutrients without the harmful synthetic ingredients, meaning they’re less likely to cause skin irritation, sensitivity, or clogged pores.
Rethinking your approach to beauty is not only better for you but by clearing your cupboards of toxic lotions and potions, you’re propelling yourself towards a sustainable lifestyle, so here are our favourite natural products we think should be in your bathroom now.
Ixora Toners, AED150
If it doesn’t already, facial toner should play a lead role in your daily skincare routine!
And we love the Ixora range as it’s packed full of powerful natural and organic ingredients.
After cleansing, a toner will give your skin that extra wipe over to remove any excess impurities you may have missed on the first step. Toning will also restore your skin’s pH balance – affected by something we all face, exposure to pollutants – and give your skin that helpful boost of extra vitamins to lock in moisture.
For combination skin Ixora recommend the rejuvenating face toner(Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Aloe Vera), for oily skin try using the balancing toner (Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint essential oils) and for dry skin, the hydrating face toner (Geranium Rose Essential Oil , Black Oats, Aloe Vera).
Eco Credentials: All Ixora products are cruelty-free and free from harmful ingredients. They meet the highest global standards of organic certification COSMOS organic.
Available at Ixoraworld.com
The Body Shop – Edelweiss Daily Serum Concentrate – AED 169
The Body Shop recently changed the name of its best-selling Drops of Youth range – so popular that one is sold every 20 seconds globally – to Edelweiss, a flower which grows in alpine terrains under extreme weather conditions, and yet still manages to flourish.
Packed with antioxidants, combined with all natural-origin peptides from rice, hyaluronic acid and CFT moringa seed oil, the serum will give you 24 hours hydration and give your skin a natural barrier against pollution. Much needed when the summer sandstorms hit.
Eco Credentials: Edelweiss is organically farmed, harvested by hand, sustainably cultivated, and extracted using zero chemical waste.
What’s not to love?
Available at TheBodyShop.ae
Grown Alchemist, Anti Oxidant Treatment Facial Oil, AED249
This skin elixir by one of our favourite natural beauty brands is a winner for leaving skin looking firm, hydrated and smooth. Antioxidants in Rosehip Oil alongside Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E in Borago (also known as starflower) make for a powerful anti-ageing punch that will also reduce the appearance of age spots.
A potent, certified organic facial serum formulated using a synergistic blend of Rosehip Oil and Seabuckthorn Berry, this will improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and protect against the signs of ageing.
Eco Credentials: This botanical skin care brand from Melbourne sources the highest quality plant-based ingredients to provide clean, organic products with zero artificial and harmful ingredients. They are vegan, cruelty free and of course all their packaging is sustainable too
Available at The Secret Skin
Advanced Renewal Face Cream, AED 260
For NUME-Lab Switzerland, minimalist skincare means a smaller range of products serving multi-purpose functions meaning you get powerful, natural, clean ingredients that give you long-lasting results
With five per cent Snail Mucin (watch the video at the bottom of the page to learn more about the process that does not harm snails), Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C, A, and E, this moisturiser effectively helps repair skin damage, brighten dark spots, and restore skin firmness by activating elastin and collagen. The result is bright healthy-looking skin with fewer blemishes and breakouts.
Eco Credentials: Free of nasties like phthalates, parabens, mineral oils, and alcohols, the brand uses Biotechnology to enhance active agents that are found in nature. They are also non-toxic, halal and cruelty free.
Available at Galleries Lafayette
Rossano Ferreti: Grandioso Volumising Spray, AED 192
And lastly, let’s not forget your hair. If you have fine hair then we know how difficult it is to keep your locks looking plentiful, especially when humidity strikes! If you want to give your hair that instant bounce, then give Rossano Ferretti’s Grandioso Volumising Spray – with ginseng, avocado and jojoba – a go on your wet locks.
With a weightless formula, it’s been designed to give fine, thin, and short hair a natural and needed volume boost. We like!
Eco Credentials: Rossano Ferretti products are cruelty-free and free from harsh chemicals such as parabens. They are also vegan-friendly and use ingredients that are ethically sourced.
Available in the Rossano Ferretti Hair Salons at the Park Hyatt Dubai or The Editional Hotel Abu Dhabi and TheSecretSkin.com.