Makeup + Skincare

Natural Skincare Favourites Including FaceTox, Antipodes & More *

24th October 2016

Since discovering natural skincare through blogging, I’ve become slightly obsessed and considerably more critical of the potentially toxic ingredients which sneak their way into the skincare and cosmetics we use daily.

Whilst I’m a long way off from using purely natural products, I’ve discovered some truly great ones along the way which have become staples in my bathroom.

FaceTox* sent me their all natural clay mask to try, which is made with 100% rose water and claims to clear the skin and reduce the appearance of marks.

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Each box contains several masks -I found 1 sachet of each step could easily do two masks- and retails at £24.99 which is a bargain considering the amount of product you get.

The masks have a really earthy scent but the rose water comes through strongly. After mixing both sachets into a paste, I applied generously using the handy spatula provided.

The mask feels really cooling when first applied, although as the mixture is so thick and I applied so much I did feel like I had transformed into a troll or caught the rock face disease from Game Of Thrones.

I left the mask on for 30 minutes as instructed and then removed. As with all the clay masks I’ve tried, this felt quite uncomfortable when drying but was highly effective in removing dead skin and reducing the appearance of red marks left behind from spots.

Whilst drying FaceTox didn’t sting or feel ridiculously dry and I wasn’t left with red patches which my other clay masks usually do. I’ve actually taken to only multi-masking with my other clays as they are so harsh, but found this could be used all over. With that said I still recommend following up with a good moisturiser and a serum in-between if HA is your jam.

The only real drawback for me with this product was the mess it made, the mud came off in chunks, sticking to the sink and I did have some concerns about washing so much down the drain. Next time I apply this mask I think I’ll try to scrape it off into a bin before wetting it.

I will use this mask after breakouts have cleared to help refresh my face and get rid of those annoying marks. In terms of value for money FaceTox are miles ahead, as I’ve previously paid more than they ask for their whole box for a pot smaller than one mask.

Unlike my similar Glamglow, Bodyshop or Blue Lagoon mud masks, FaceTox is entirely natural so I would recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a new kind-to-skin, clay mask.

If natural skincare interests you, you might like some of the products and brands who’ve made it into my list of favourites.

DermoViva * – I discovered DermoViva at the Blogger’s Ball earlier this year, they were kind enough to send me some of their products to check out, the best being this face wash featuring some of my absolute fav ingredients: honey, aloe Vera and almond.

Caudaliè – I love their Anti-wrinkle Protect Fluid SPF20 which offers good SPF protection whilst plumping skin. It contains HA one of my favourite ingredients and has a lovely natural scent.

Absolution – ‘Le Gel Nettoyant Pureté’ an all natural gel cleanser which is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

FaceTox * – For being one of the best clay masks I’ve tried and entirely natural, FaceTox have earned a spot in my most beloved natural products I know I’ll be reaching for time and time again.

Antipodes – I’ve previously reviewed several Antipodes products and am a big fan of theirs, so was interested to try the Saviour skin balm* which is a different style of product than their usual offerings. This is more versatile and can be used by everyone in the house, it’s perfect for applying to dry patches of skin all over the body. The scent is amazing and it’s proven to retain moisture whilst healing.

1001 Remedies – This repair gel is my go-to product when I get a spot. It really reduces the redness and helps calm things down. A tiny bit goes a long way with this product.

Balance Me – This serum aims to help combat congested skin by calming redness and reducing the appearance of blemishes. This works best when used as part of a PM skincare routine.

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  • Tamsin Swann
    24th October 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I love the sound of this, clay masks are my favourite type of mask to use. My current one comes off in clumps too but I find is easier to remove it with a muslin cloth. Balance me do amazing skin care items xx

    Tamz |

    • Amy
      28th October 2016 at 12:03 pm

      I have a Balance Me clay mask I’ve not yet used, your comment has reminded me I need to try it out! x

  • ✨Rachieface✨
    26th October 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I love using clay masks and usually use one by Origins or REN, but I like the idea of these being completely natural, so might have to give these a go!

    Hey Rachieface xo

    • Amy
      28th October 2016 at 12:02 pm

      They’re worth checking out for sure! x

  • T.
    27th November 2016 at 4:03 am

    I’ve never tried much natural skincare before but I want to! xx