What Are The Best Ingredients in a Natural Face Cleanser?

Everyone needs a face cleanser. The soap you use on your body is not designed to meet the same needs as the cleanser you use on your face. 

Suppose you look at the ingredients list for most conventional body wash products and most conventional face cleansers. In that case, you’ll notice that they’re remarkably similar for products that are supposed to have two different purposes.

Natural face cleansers are mindfully formulated to address the specific needs of your facial skin. Many other cleansers do more harm than good, but natural facial cleansers formulated with active botanical ingredients act less like a bar of soap and more like a skincare product. 

This means your skin will experience benefits to its health and appearance when choosing a cleanser with the right formula. 

The Benefits of Choosing a Natural Face Cleanser

Conventional face cleansers contain harsh, irritating, and sometimes toxic ingredients. 

Ingredients like sulfates are surfactant agents that cause foamy bubbles, which most people interpret as a sign that their face is clean. What’s actually happening is that your face is being stripped of its natural barrier, reducing its defenses. 

Those fragrances that make washing your face feel like a luxury experience are often irritating your skin. You’re better off placing an essential oil diffuser in your bathroom if you enjoy a spa aroma while you’re caring for your skin. 

They’re often loaded with parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and harsh drying alcohols that serve no purpose for your skin health. When you opt for a natural cleanser, you’re ditching everything your skin doesn’t need and focusing on what it does need. 

What a Cleanser Should Do For Your Skin

Cleansers are often geared towards a specific skincare concern. You might see cleansers for acne-prone skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, aging skin, or cleansers designed to protect your skin. These are all valid skincare concerns that need to be addressed, but they need not be segmented. 
A well-formulated cleanser like The Clean Slate is capable of producing a wealth of noticeable benefits to the health and appearance of your skin, regardless of what your skincare concerns may be. 

An all-encompassing formula designed to provide your skin with everything it needs to restore its own health will help to improve many aspects of the way skin looks and feels. 

The Best Natural Ingredients in Face Cleanser

The Clean Slate is formulated with a combination of wild-harvested and organically grown botanicals. There’s absolutely nothing else in the bottle. Everything we use comes from nature, and each ingredient has a beneficial purpose for your skin. 

Cleansing and Clarifying Ingredients

Cleansing and clarifying your skin helps to remove impurities, dirt, debris, and bacteria built up on its surface throughout the day. 

Instead of scrubbing away your natural skin barrier, natural ingredients work to manage bacteria and microbes on the surface of the skin without negatively impacting its natural balance. 

  • Juniper Berry
  • Arnica
  • Fireweed
  • Geranium
  • Yarrow

The standout cleansing and clarifying ingredient is fireweed, an herb used by indigenous peoples as a folk remedy for healing burns and skin injuries. 

Juniper berry and geranium support fireweed as natural antimicrobial ingredients. Arnica can help manage acne or breakouts, and yarrow helps to soothe the visible signs of skin irritation.

Soothing and Balancing Ingredients

People with sensitive skin or skin irritation (like after a shave) need soothing ingredients to help calm the skin and reduce the appearance of redness. Balancing ingredients work to help your skin restore its natural levels of lipids and sebum. Well-balanced skin is less likely to experience breakouts or dry patches. 

  • Frankincense
  • Squalane
  • Ginger Root
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile

Our non-GMO plant-derived squalane is the soothing and balancing powerhouse ingredient in The Clean Slate. Squalane is a natural moisturizer that closely mimics the skin’s own moisture barrier, restoring the skin’s natural defenses. 

Chamomile and calendula are calming flowers that help to reduce redness on the skin’s surface while soothing irritation. Ginger root works to combat irritation, while frankincense helps to promote a clear and balanced complexion.

Ingredients to Protect Your Skin’s Microbiome

Your skin has its own bacterial ecosystem. There are good and bad bacteria sitting on every surface of your body. A healthy microbiome has a proper balance of good and bad bacteria. The good should naturally overtake the bad, creating harmony within that microbiome.

A healthy functioning microbiome needs to be supported. By feeding the helpful microorganisms on your skin, you’re empowering them to fight off pathogenic bacteria or other harmful invaders that can disrupt your skin’s balance.

  • Oat Amino Acid
  • Glacial Minerals
  • Nelumbo Lotus
  • Plant Saccharides
  • Probiotic Ferment Filtrate

Glacial water contains over 60 trace minerals that can help to promote the health of your skin’s positive microorganisms. 

Our probiotic ferment filtrate supplies the microbiome with what it needs to support an ideal balance. Nelumbo lotus is rich in antioxidants and provides soothing benefits to the skin, while plant saccharides offer protection.

Ingredients that Combat Environmental Stress

Don’t be alarmed, but most of the things floating around in the air can cause harm to your skin. 

Environmental stressors like air pollution and ultraviolet rays from the sun can negatively impact the health of your skin, causing visible damage and quickening the appearance of the signs of aging. 

By combating these factors, you’re keeping your skin safe and preserving its health and appearance for longer. 

  • Vetiver Root
  • Cardamom Seed
  • Bilberry
  • Nettle

Antioxidant-rich ingredients protect your skin from the free radicals floating in the air. Free radicals seek to steal electrons from cells, and when they come into contact with your skin, they may rob them of healthy skin cells and cause skin damage. 

Antioxidants freely give up their electrons, sacrificing themselves for the health of your skin. In addition to providing valuable antioxidants, ingredients like nettle work to calm and soothe skin irritation. 

Vetiver root promotes your body’s ability to generate new skin cells, which is crucial for keeping the surface layer of your skin healthy and cycling out old cells that environmental stressors may have damaged. 

Cardamom’s double duty is to promote a clear and even complexion, while bilberry deeply nourishes the skin and can help to encourage collagen production. 

Using The Clean Slate

Gently massage The Clean Slate into wet skin and rinse it away after you’ve cleansed. To experience the full wealth of natural benefits to your skin health, blot your skin dry and apply The Good serum

The Good is a skincare concentrate packed with active botanicals that are clinically demonstrated to promote healthier skin. Top it off with The Base Layer moisturizer to seal in the goodness and provide a protective barrier against environmental stressors.

It only takes a few minutes a day to take care of your skin. If you commit to your routine every morning and every night, you’ll begin to see the effects of healthier and more youthful appearing skin in just a few short weeks. 



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