Products With Acne-fighting Ingredients To Elevate Your Beauty Routine From Doldrums To Dynamite
Sometimes our skin can let us down. Spots can erupt overnight, leaving us to cope with a rash of congestion, irritation and inflammation. In our world of oppression and cruelty, keeping a positive outlook and bright demeanour can be difficult at the best of times, and the last thing we need, is an acne attack. Whether it’s our hormonal teens, or our mature selves who are under siege, there are vegan products utilising powerful ingredients with the ability to save faces, and liberate sufferers from acne. Vegan ingredients like aloe vera, tea tree, salicylic acid, gluconolactone, glycerin, witch hazel, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, antioxidants, niacinamide, squalane, zinc, probiotics and d-panthenol are all lined up to fight for your cause, and rescue your face.
The first step in any skincare regime is cleansing, and for acneic skins, a gentle and non-foaming product is ideal. Active ingredients in cleansers can be a waste, given the product is rinsed and wiped off so quickly.
Since clean skin is important for so many reasons, (to allow fresh skin to absorb beneficial ingredients, and to prevent congestion and irritation from a build up of dead skin cells, pollution, bacteria and makeup), a double cleanse is the new essential step in a healthy skin ritual. If this is your nighttime routine, a micellar water or oil cleanse is the first port of call. Try Ere Perez Gingko Micellar Water or Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face Organic Purifying Oil Cleanser, followed by a gentle non-foaming gel or cream cleanser, such as Zkin Purifying Cleansing Gel or Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Facial Cleanser). Supercharge the cleansing action with a gentle hot cloth massage to remove residue along with excess oil, and traces of pollution, dirt and makeup (Bass Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Cloth). Your skin will be ready to eagerly accept the round of active ingredients coming its’ way.
Using a probiotic tonic after cleansing will ensure your skin stays moist and receptive, and is a great way to maintain a healthy acid mantle. Edible Beauty Probiotic Radiance Tonic contains live vegan probiotic strains to reduce breakouts. The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner uses vegan lactic acid to smooth and refine texture while also harnessing probiotic powers, and is highly economical if you consider that this cult product addresses multiple skin concerns.
A chemical exfoliant with AHAs such as Mukti 2 in 1 Resurfacing Exfoliant used a few times per week ensures further eruptions and congestion are minimised and are eliminated gently and effectively. Avoid scrubs using textured granules, as this type of formulation can further irritate acneic skin, or even cause blemishes when particles are lodged under the stratum corneum (upper layer of skin) by the rubbing motions of your hands.
To nourish soothe and calm after cleansing or exfoliating, apply an antioxidant rich product containing salicylic or lactic acid such as Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell Recovery Cream or Dirty Hippie Raw Face Feed, both with a beautiful balance of healing, soothing and clarifying ingredients. Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Daily Moisture is a great option for a light formulation with an exceptional antioxidant ingredients list suitable for sensitive skin. Antipodes Immortal Face and Body Moisturiser SPF 15 is a perfect product to use in your morning routine as it also offers sun protection. Look for ingredients like niacinamide, aloe, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, zinc and d-panthenol.
Individual spots, or particularly stubborn or blind pimples can be targeted with a blemish lotion utilising antibacterial and healing ingredients such as tea tree, witch hazel and aloe vera, or singled out for the pore clearing action of a leave on 2% salicylic acid formulation. We recommend Dirty Hippie Tea Tree Blemish Treatment Tonic and Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Spot with the soothing effects of willow bark and glycerin.
After acing your skincare routine, the perfect cherry on your skin care cupcake, is to even out your skin tone with a facial fake tanning product. Eco Tan Face Tanning Water with aloe vera is the secret weapon in your routine, and sits front and centre on our beauty shelves. You’ll have no need for makeup, and the wholesome glow is all yours for the basking. Now you can venture out into the world and fight for the animals because there is nothing holding you back!
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