We receive a lot of email asking us to recommend skin care that works well with Alima Pure mineral makeup. Usually, we aren't to specific with these because we haven’t made a point of trying lots of different things. Each of us tend to find something that works for our skin and to stick with it for a while. But we like to be as helpful as possible, so we recently asked around the office to see what everyone is currently liking. Keep in mind that your results may not be the same as someone else's, so these are just suggestions of things you might consider.
Hannah has normal, sensitive skin, so she prefers products that are gentle, natural and fragrance-free. “I look for vegetarian/vegan formulas, with organic ingredients and no animal testing. I’ve used a lot of natural products on the market over the years, but these are the items I currently use. Aubrey Organics Vegicol with Aloe Facial Cleansing Lotion is basically the Cetaphill of natural cleansers. It is perfect for all year round, especially the dry winter months. I've used it for years and love it! Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser is a slightly more heavy-duty cleanser, but still gentle enough for my skin. It is great to remove excess oil and makeup without striping your skin of its natural oils."
Alyson has very dry skin, so she gravitates to milky or oily cleansers. “Right now I alternate between organic cold pressed olive oil in the morning and the Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser at night. The Eminence cleanser smells like a tropical desert so it's always a treat to use it. With both cleansers, once or twice a week I will use a muslin cloth and gently rub the cleanser off for a little exfoliation.”
Sara and Terresa swear by an unusual cleanser from Green Valley Spa in Utah. Ashes Cleansing Grains are a powdered cleanser, made of potato, mineral salts and citric extract. The grains foam when combined with water, and leave the skin feeling clean, but not stripped of moisture. Some may be put off by the slight potato scent that the cleanser has, but Sara and Terresa find that oddly charming.
When she’s in more of a hurry or traveling, Sara also likes Willa On The Go Facial Cleansing Facial Towelettes in Lavender. When she’s at home, she rinses with water after using, but they are also great on a plane when you just really want to wash your face! They leave her skin feeling soft and refreshed.
If you don’t feel that your cleansing is complete without a toner, Alyson recommends Fig and Yarrow Complexion Water because it smells heavenly, and doesn’t dry out her skin. Hannah prefers witch hazel, like Dickinson’s Cleansing Astringent.
For deeper cleansing, Hannah has two masks she likes. One is more for adding moisture, the John Masters Organics Calendula Hydrating and Toning Mask, which really helps her skin in the winter. The other one, Aztec Indian Healing Clay, is more of a drying mask. Hannah says, “When I'm having issues with breakouts this is the magic mask that actually works. I mix it with organic apple cider vinegar to help adjust the ph level in my skin. It is a bit intense, but works so well, your face will actually pulsate as it dries. It is also great for spot treating areas as well.”
In a few weeks, we'll let you in on some of our favorite treatments and moisturizers, but in the meantime we would love it if you would share your favorite cleansing products in the comments!