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Natural Alternatives to Mainstream Facial Essences

One of the most exciting things about embracing natural skin care is discovering alternatives to mainstream brands - even the luxurious, high end labels! I've found some natural goodies that work just as well, if not better, than one of the most famous Japanese beauty brands in the world.

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Mainstream facial essences and brighteners have become such popular skin care favourites! A lot of these come straight from Asian skin care approaches, with the goal of refining the texture of the skin and removing any dry and dead skin cells to reveal a bright, radiant complexion. Liquidy and milky facial toners, cleansers and moisturisers formulated to purify, smooth and soften the skin are everywhere at the moment. One such brand comes from Japan and it's incredibly luxurious, with a price tag to match, so I set out to find effective, natural alternatives to deliver you with the same results but naturally, and at a far more accessible price point too.

Natural facial toner treatments

100% Pure Fermented Rice Water Toner
I've found a 100% natural, totally toxin free version of the popular mainstream facial treatment water. It's the 100% Pure Fermented Rice Water Toner, which uses Fermented Rice Water (or Sake) as its key ingredient, with the added benefits of vitamins, minerals enzymes and amino acids from Certified Organic ingredients such as White Mulberry, Grapefruit, Mushroom, Licorice and Lemon to nourish the skin, and may help fade any pigmentation, scarring and sun damage and even out skin tone. Apply after cleansing and before moisturising, and pair with the matching cleanser and serum for best results.

The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
Another great natural alternative is the The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner, which happens to be one of my all-time favourite skin care products! It's more of a liquid exfoliant, working to brighten and refine the tone and texture of skin by removing any dead skin-cells and promoting cell turnover. Natural fruit acids and AHAs from fermented wholefoods, lemon juice and probiotics which may help to lighten dark spots, boost hydration, smooth out fine lines and firm up skin. To use, apply to a cotton pad and swipe all over the face after cleansing. No need to rinse off after use - leave it on as you would a toner, and follow with your usual moisturiser.

Natural cleansing treatments

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
A beautiful cleansing milk seems like a luxury, but you don't have to pay more than necessary for the feeling and results of a luxurious skin care routine! I love the Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk as a natural alternative because it contains nourishing Apricot Oil, Coconut Milk and probiotics to gently loosen and remove impurities from the skin as well as smoothing and softening it without stripping any precious natural oils. Apply to damp skin and massage in, then rinse with warm water.

Natural probiotic facial lotions

Skin Juice Good Juice Probiotic Face Cream
The Skin Juice Good Juice Probiotic Face Cream is ideal for improving the overall health of your skin, packed with probiotics and superfood ingredients including Broccoli, Basil, Avocado, Coconut, Shea Butter and Sea Buckthorn to not only hydrate the skin but restore its natural immunity against irritation and inflammation. This silky smooth, mid-weight formula is ideal for all skin types, including those with rosacea.

Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream
As a daily facial moisturiser, I love the Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream. Vitamin C is amazing when it comes to brightening the complexion and fading any pigmentation, and this deeply hydrating cream is also packed with a blend of probiotics, Manuka Honey and Vitamin E to stimulate healthy cell renewal, smooth out discolouration and replenish moisture levels.

Read more about the benefits of probiotics in skin care in my blog post HERE!

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