Let’s talk about face cleansers and washes. Finding a natural, good quality face cleanser is imperative for healthy skin. You wash your face at least once a day, and hopefully even twice (in the morning and at night). A face wash should cleanse, rehydrate, wash away dirt, oils, and impurities, and not be too harsh and dry out skin.
The problem with most face cleansers is they contain a host of chemical and synthetic ingredients that are too drying, harsh on your skin, and can even make you break out and give you unpleased and unsightly rashes. Therefore, it is important to ditch the chemical washes and opt for a healthy, natural, and organic option.
Toxic Ingredients in Face Cleansers
Sodium Lauryl Sulfateis found in most traditional face cleansers and even some washes that claim they are natural and chemical-free. SLS can cause major skin irritations, canker sores, damage to the eyes, and can cause bad acne around the mouth and the chin. If you find yourself breaking out is a red and/or bumpy, and painful rash around the mouth, chin, and eyes you may have an allergy to SLS. The EWG Skin Deep website classifies SLS as “expected to be toxic or harmful” in organ system toxicity. SLS a chemical surfactant that makes soapy products, like face wash, foam.
SLS can also be hidden in the ingredient list on a face cleanser as sodium coco sulfate, which is still equally as harmful despite the fact it is derived from coconuts and not made artificially in a lab. SLS strips your face of its natural oils, which can make your face produce even more oil to combat the issue.
Fragrance is another ingredient that should be avoided at all costs – not just in face wash, but any personal care or makeup product as well. Fragrance is where many companies like to hide heaps of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Companies are not required to disclose what is included in the term “fragrance.” Additionally, most fragrances are stabilized with phthalates, which are chemicals that are linked to reproductive issues and birth defects when tested on animals.
Parabens are also extremely common and you can read all about the dangers of parabens in our post on foundations, here.
How to Find a Natural Face Cleanser
There are a few important tips to keep in mind when searching for your new chemical-free face cleanser. Many companies can claim they are natural or “uses natural ingredients.” However, that doesn’t mean they are actually natural – it could still be loaded with chemicals and toxic ingredients.
Since cosmetics are not fully regulated, personal care companies are not required to fully disclose what is in their products so it’s imperative you read the ingredient list. Keep a look of for any red flag ingredients, like those above, and any other ingredients that sound like a chemical formula. When in doubt about an ingredient, use the EWG Skin Deep database to check the ingredients toxicity level.
Look for a face wash that only has a small amount of ingredients and ones that are naturally derived. You don’t need your face wash to have 20 different ingredients listed on the label.
The 4 Best Natural and Organic Face Cleansers:
With so much to keep in mind, here are 5 of the best natural and organic face cleansers to get you started!
Desert Essence face cleanser is USDA Certified organic, super moisturizing, and gentle on sensitive skin. This face wash won’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry after using it due to the hydrating abilities of apple juice, cucumber, chamomile, and aloe. The cucumber also leaves your skin bright and glowing!
This face wash is free of animal-derived ingredients, animal testing, animal cruelty, parabens, artificial fragrances/dyes, petrolatum compounds such as mineral oil, petrolatum, or paraffin, SLS, PEGS, PPG, MERA, DEA, TEA, glycols, phthalates, and gluten. When you read the ingredient list the only stuff you see is wholesome, natural, real ingredients.
This face wash is great for those of you who have normal and sensitive skin. The face wash is all handmade and affordably priced. It’s formulated with pure organic castile soap and kaolin clay, which is fantastic for quickly drawing out impurities. They also put in Palmarosa essential oil for antiseptic and bactericide properties that help to hydrate super sensitive skin.
Since this face wash is always handmade, you can even customize you own wash! You can choose to remove the Palmarosa essential oil or add/remove exfoliating jojoba beads. This wash is also EWG Verified so you can feel 100% confident you are purchasing a safe face cleanser.
This is a great all around cleanser for all face types. It is a gentle formula that still removes debris and makeup from your face and pores. Coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil provide nourishing and light hydrating properties without weighing down skin. It has a gel-like consistency, has no added fragrances, and no harsh chemicals or synthetic cleansers.
There is nothing weird in this rose scented face wash! This face wash is extra gentle for people who have very sensitive skin. It cleans away debris and makeup, leaving your skin fresh and squeaky-clean.
According to the description, “licorice and uvaursi brighten; coffee cherry and green coffee revitalize; yellow dock calms redness while anti-inflammatory chamomile, calendula and aloe deeply soothe.” There are absolutely no harsh chemicals, synthetic cleansers, or toxic ingredients.
This is a super gentle, nourishing, and moisturizing face wash. It will not dry out you skin, cause irritation, or any redness. The cucumber is smoothing and hydrating, watercress is rich in antioxidants and help prevents skin from harmful free radical damage. This face wash is also fragrance-free, gluten-free, and vegan. It is only made from simple, pure ingredients that are USDA Certified Organic.
All of our top 5 cleansers are sure to make you skin healthier and more radiant than it has ever been. When you choose a face cleanser without any harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients, your skin will thank you!
Face cleansers are full of harsh foaming agents and chemicals. Make sure you get a natural and organic based face wash for the best skin possible with these picks.