Today, I am so excited to share with you an honest review of one of my favorite natural skincare brands. But first, a little backstory.
I'll be the first to admit that the path to finding the right skincare products to meet your own ethical morals and personal needs is not a straight shot. I have been dabbling in natural body care for about 4 years now, and I have FINALLY found my match.
I want you to find yours too, and whether or not that means we share the same passion for the products listed below, I really want you to feel what it's like to have incredibly nourished skin, without having to sacrifice your internal or external wellness. (Enter --> the crazy plethora of unrecognizable toxic additives lurking in most commercial products).
Nourishing yourself wholly doesn't stop at putting high quality ingredients INTO your body, it also includes those which you put ONTO your body.
Skin is extremely porous, meaning it absorbs most of the chemicals it comes into contact with. Here's an example. Have you ever taken an epsom salt bath to relax or reduce muscle soreness? The epsom salts are able to penetrate your skin and provide an internal effect.
Just as I recommend taking great care in reading and researching the ingredients in the products you ingest, I want to also encourage you do the same with the products you'll be putting on or near your body.
Below I've listed just a few of the side effects of a handful of ingredients found in most commercial body products: (Read more here)
Cancers of the stomach, breast, skin
Now, I'm not saying you should run to the bathroom immediately and throw out everything in your cupboards. But, when you're due for a refill on any makeup, soap, fragrance, face cream, or bath salts, do a quick google search to find out which side effects have been reported in the ingredients list before purchasing again.
Luckily, I can trust that the amazing team behind Luminance Skin Care has my back. And they have yours too. Their products are enriched with incredibly soft oils to nourish your skin, and never with harsh chemicals or irritants.
You can read all about their passion behind natural body products here on their highly informative (and entertaining) blog. For now, I'll tell you which products I'm currently loving.
1. Delicate Facial Cleanser
I use this face wash exclusively. After trying it once, I was completely hooked. The softness is remarkable. It feels like this soap is completely hydrating my face while cleansing it, giving my skin new life instead of stripping it of its natural oils. As a society, we have this "squeaky clean" concept so engrained in our minds that we often crave harshness to feel fully satisfied when cleaning our skin. Let me tell you, this soap is a game-changer.
2. Antioxidant Facial Spray
This one I save for special occasions. Every few days or so, after cleansing and toning (which I currently use a Rose Water spray for), I spritz my face with this antioxidant serum to ensure I'm protecting my skin from all of the elemental toxins that we come into contact with in our environment. It has a pleasantly sweet / earthy smell, similar to tea, and provides instant relief from dry skin. Sometimes I'll spray it on in the afternoon when I need a refresh, or when the weather is especially dry or we've had A/C or heat running in the house.
3. Deep Hydration
Having grown up in Southern California, the intense sunlight and dry air never really bothered me until my twenties when I moved to Portland, OR and started visiting home for holidays. It's as if my skin would shrivel up and die as soon as I got off the plane, and the contrast of traveling from one of the gloomiest and most humid climates to one of the hottest and driest became starkly obvious. Ever since I moved back down to Southern California, I have taken extra caution and care to keep my skin hydrated and moisturized, and Deep Hydration is basically a product sent from the heavens. I lay on a pretty thick coat while my face is still damp from showering and toning, gently smooth it on, and let it air dry to soak in. It's as if all the tension lines on my face melt away while soothed by this cream.
4. Free Sample Travel Pack
With your first order, you also have the option of getting a free sample pack including their Delicate Facial Cleanser, Rosewater Facial Toner, and Hydration Face Cream. I LOVE this little trio as a travel pack so I don't have to lug around my full-sized containers and risk breaking or losing them while on the road. It is the perfect 3-step routine. Cleanse, tone, hydrate, repeat.
There you have it!
I hope you give these products a try, I truly love the attention to detail, quality ingredients, and friendly staff over at Luminance.
This post is not sponsored in any way, I just wanted to provide you a clear shot to one of the best companies around (in my opinion) to make your natural skincare hunt a little less tedious than mine was.
That's all for today -- Stay beautiful, friends!