A jounrey through face cleansers with more natural ingredients
Going Green? Many of us looking to natural brands for our skincare fix.
Before our wedding day or big event we are looking to get our skin to it’s optimum most radiant , glowing condition and it’s no surprise that natural +/ organic skincare has gained HUGE momentum and media coverage in the past 5+ year.. As across the globe as brides and skincare junkies we are collectively become more conscious of the ingredients we put into our bodies and , of course, the environmental costs of our modern day lives on the planet ; it’s clear to see that cleaner beauty is a trend many of us welcome for the long haul.
However, in the age where many social media ‘ influences ‘ can now be mistaken for beauty professionals. The sheer number of beauty brands on the market can lead many of my clients, friends and relatives asking if “natural “ really is best for their skincare and if they need a cleanser at all? ( Can’t we all just use coconut oil and be done with it? ) So in this post I wanted to debunk the marketing myths around this hot topic and explain why I am a fan of the natural stuff, most of the time 😉 .
1. The Importance Of Cleansing
Twice a day keeps helps keep those problems at bay
Skin cleaning is an essential step in a beauty routine to promote and maintain a healthy complexion. This action removes bacteria, dirt, pollution and makeup from the skin’s surface, ensuring pores do not get clogged, causing a dull appearance. We find both oil + water in our cleansers as discussed in my previous blog Skincare Basics.
Top Tip : If you are wearing makeup +/ SPF ensure you double cleanse to remove all traces of the products. Your first cleanser should be heavier in oil and your second can address your skin concerns.
1. Are they covered?
Your beauty professional must have PLI ( Public Liability Insurance)
Whether your beauty professional works in a salon or as a mobile artist, they should have up-to-date insurance. Public liability and equipment insurance is up-dated yearly and can be a costly business expense for sole traders, so expect to pay a little more for a service provider who has invested years in education and has taken proper precautions to protect you both. Popular awarding bodies include Salon Gold, BABTAC, and insurance through unions such as Bectu.
2. Did they go to a proper beauty school?
Is your beauty professional certified by a professional body?
A good education gives your beauty professional the expert knowledge to identify basic contagious skin disease that may affect your treatment- think cold scores, head lice, impetigo etc..- fast track courses seldom have the time to go through rigorous health and safety policies meaning bad hygiene habits may not be picked up early.
3. Have they cleaned their hands ?
It’s the simple stuff that adds up
Something we are all super familiar with as of late! Stylists will have different ways of ensuring their hands are clean before starting your treatment, including; using soap and water, hand sanitiser or sanitising wipes – but washing hands is the most effective way to work.
4. Do they use disposables ?
This is an absolute must where possible and I can imagine harsher policies will be implemented post Covid- this should be a non-negotiable when make-up artists apply your mascara. Alternatives to using disposables can include applying mascara with spoolies or makeup brushes – but the brush should never be ‘ double-dipped ‘ back into the tube. Proper PPE can be expensive so expect this to be reflected in the price of your treatment.
5. Watch out for that Double-Dip
“Double-dipping” is the process of dipping a make-up brush, finger, or disposable back into a cream-based product once it has touched the skin. This is a dangerous practice and is the quickest way to spread bacteria, causing infections. Your artist should be using a spatula to remove the product from the pot onto a sanitised palette/hand before applying it to the face. Under no circumstances should brushes go directly into the product from the face.
Once the brush has touched the skin it shouldn’t go back onto the palette
6. Creams VS Powders
It’s important to note that cream products such as; foundations, concealers, hair products, lipsticks etc.. harbour bacteria easier than powder products. A quick spritz with 70% + alcohol will work wonders for disinfecting powders such as eyeshadows and expect rules around powder products to become more rigorous post lockdown.
7. Sharpening Eye + Lip pencils
Not only does sharpening your pencils help with a better make-up application, but it’s also the quickest way to clean products in between clients. Your make-up artist can also spritz with 70% + alcohol as well for extra hygiene assurance.
8. Make-up brushes should NOT be blown on to remove excess product.
I can’t stress this enough. Just no. Please stop this NOW. All that microscopic bacteria that live inside the mouth transferred onto the face in one quick blow. EWWW!
9. Brushes + Tools should be clean
This goes for all of you at home as well, NO excuses people! Deep clean your make-up brushes, hairbrushes, and styling tools ONCE a week with liquid soap and water! ( I love an anti-bac wash with tea tree to remove stubborn oil residue or Dr. Bronner’s Brush cleaner). Your make-up artist or hairstylist should be cleaning their tools between clients with cosmetic grade alcohol that is kind to the skin yet kills the bacteria. Parian Spirit, ISOCLEAN, or Kyrolan IPA work well.
10. Proper hygiene practice takes time
Lastly, I understand that it can be frustrating ( and sometimes more expensive!) to start your treatment early in the morning or have additional stylists on your booking, however, proper sanitation takes time! 45 minutes per hair OR makeup treatment is the gold standard for a high-quality service that doesn’t cut corners!