The Bridal Countdown Series : greener-beauty-cleansers

A jounrey through face cleansers with more natural ingredients

Debunking some of the confusion to find the right products for you.

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.

Jo Elizabeth - bridal makeup and hair - have they cleaned their hands

4. Do they use disposables ?

Proper use of disposables helps fight cross-infection

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

Not just reserved for sharing those french fries

“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

Not all cosmetic formulas are equal

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

A classic that can be underrated.

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.

Please tap off the excess.

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

Banish those bad habits

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,  ISOCLEANor Kyrolan IPA work well. 

10. Proper hygiene practice takes time

All good things come to those who wait

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! 

Jo Elizabeth - bridal makeup and hair - Beauty Hygiene 10 Tips Your Beauty Professional should Follow 4



As a lover of fashion and style, my talent is managing to create beautiful hair and makeup designs which highlight and balance my clients own natural features and beauty, without masking them. With this in mind, my blog was created so that I can further support my clients every need and help expand their own knowledge base so that you can continue to feel beautiful, every day. Sharing “secrets” and keeping on trend matters.