by Victoria Caminiti.
It’s the start to every great skincare routine – the right cleanser! Finding the best cleanser for your skin can be overwhelming with the overload of choices on the market. From foaming cleansers to gel iterations, the ingredient lists and gimmicky brand promises can be a lot to consider.
The reality of it is that all suds are not created equal. Some are meant for very dry skin, some are meant for oily skin, and some prioritize a clean face and not a clean planet. Luckily, there are so many brands that are putting your glowing skin and a healthy planet top of mind. To discover better, trustworthy brands, check out some of our favorites for a clear conscious and clear face!
KLUR Gentle Matter is a refreshing non-foaming gel that gently cleanses and is well-suited for even the most sensitive skin. The gel formula, made from skin-friendly antioxidants, organic botanicals, and mild resurfacing ingredients pulls impurities from the surface and leaves skin supple and moisturized. That’s not even the best part, though. Using KLUR products means you are supporting a brand that believes in ethical and inclusive beauty. The sustainability approach from this woman-owned and operated brand goes far beyond just quality products and a conscious ethos. KLUR focuses on the long-term impact of our ecosystem by using sustainable materials when creating products for everyday life.
For skin that is showing signs of aging and may be prone to dryness, a hydrating cleanser like the Renew Hydrating Face Cleanser from True Botanicals can be an incredible addition to your current skincare routine. From green and white tea to aloe vera, these familiar ingredients help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fight signs of anti-aging, and simply purify the skin. True Botanicals uses only vegan and naturally derived ingredients that are good for the skin and for the planet, and never uses toxins or fillers. Needless to say, your skin will thank you.
Cold-pressed and antioxidant rich ingredients like kale, spinach and green tea come together to form this… cleanser? Yes, while this looks and sounds like a delicious and healthy juice, this powerful, but gentle daily face wash gives your skin the ultimate cleanse. The Superfood Cleanser by Youth to the People, as well as the rest of their line, are all plastic-free products to help reduce the plastic production by the beauty industry, and use locally-sourced ingredients from California to concoct this gel-formulated cleanser. All YTTP products are vegan and cruelty-free, as well as biodegradable, meaning they won’t harm the oceans after cleansing your face.
Remove surface impurities and leave skin clean and fresh with the detoxifying Odacité Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser. It is perfect for sensitive and maturing skin, and comes with multiple facial sponges to improve stimulation. Odacité, which comes from the cheeky French play on “Audacity,” combines both luxurious French skincare and green California living. The brand sources high-quality and potent ingredients that is sans les toxins, fillers, and parabens and is made in California with the French savior faire. Founder Valerie Grandury created the brand after moving from France to California and beating Breast Cancer.
If you are searching for a vegan cleanser in the form of a cloud-like foam, the iNNBeauty Foam Around cleanser will leave you on Cloud 9. The clarifying formula is weighless and instantly removes all makeup and dirt from pores, without stripping the skin and leaving it dry. Aside from leaving your skin freshly cleansed and glowing, the brand likes to tackle an industry-wide issue head on. While the beauty industry can be a major contributor to the plastic-ridden landfills, iNNBeauty uses a unique sustainability approach to combat this. For each purchase, a percentage of the proceeds are donated to fund the collection of 17,100 pounds of plastic from landfills and oceans each year.
The KAHINA Oil Cleanser is a cleanser that is brightening and contributes to a positive social impact. It combines high-quality Argan oil to hydrate, anti-inflammatory turmeric to brighten skin and naturally fight acne, and Blue Tansy to detoxify and calm skin. It’s golden-hued formula is the product of a celebratory product for the 10 year anniversary for the Moroccan mother-daughter owned brand. The ingredients are extracted by the Berber women of Morocco, and the extraction process allows for financial and social independence. These women are paid fair wages, and additionally the company donates a percentage of their revenue to improve the lives of the women and their families. Feel good skincare and feel good shopping all in one with KAHINA.
There isn’t a coincidence as to why these brands made our list of favorites. Finding the right products can go far beyond discovering what works best for your skin type. Taking into consideration the ingredients and sourcing, the ethical standpoints from the brands, and the packaging materials can be a lot to consider when developing your unique skincare routine. Finding the right products and brands to use go a long way in our efforts for sustainable living – but we also want to live with glowing and healthy looking skin!
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