Put down the bar of soap. Forget the runny lotion. The newest, most innovative ways to cleanse and moisturize include sponges that deep clean pores sans cleanser,cleansing balms that are thicker than your lipgloss, but won’t break you out, a personal humidifier with skin penetrating nanotechnology and even sashimi!
And it’s a good thing, this whole polar vortex thing is definitely affecting your skin!
Julep Konjac Cleansing Sponge, $12
Konjac root is an Asian-cultivated, root-based vegetable that the Japanese have traditionally used as an exfoliating sponge for delicate skin. It’s naturally alkaline and balances the acidity of the skin’s impurities and oils while being enriched with protein, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, E, D and so much more! But the best part? You don’t even need a cleanser!
BUTTERS, POMADES and BALMS
The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter, $15
This thick-as-butter cleanser is an indulgent make-up remover for the whole face. It gently and efficiently melts away make-up and impurities, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and petal-soft – without breaking you out.
Darphin The Aromatic Cleansing Balm, $45
It sure looks like Carmex, but this cleansing balm magically transforms with water into a silky, non-oily, non-comedogenic milk that really takes away all the dirt and makeup from the day and imparts a dewy glow without an oily residue.
AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel, $60
Suds up the futuristic way!This powder cleanser is formulated with a papaya-based enzyme that deeply exfoliates the skin, but won’t cause irritation.
NEW ORGANICS! TAPIOCA, POLENTA, MUD + MORE
LUSH Let the Good Times Roll Polenta Cleanser, $12.95
This gently exfoliating polenta cleanser is made with maize flour and corn meal to gently exfoliate, and a dash of cinnamon powder to cleanse and warm cold winter skin.
Herbal Essences Naked Volume Dry Shampoo, $7.49
Refresh your strands, water not necessary. With natural tapioca, this natural formulaabsorbs oil and rejuvenates dirty hair for a clean feeling without parabens or dyes.
Moroccan Mud-Poo Hair Wash, $16
Sounds counterintuitive, but trust me, Moroccans have cleansed their hair for centuries with mud! Mud-Poo Hair Wash is composed of organic aloe vera juice, Moroccan mud, Kalahari mineral salt and all-natural essential oil fragrance—and that’s it! Originating from the Atlas Mountains, Moroccans discovered that when mixed with a little water, the mud left hair clean and silky smooth. Now yours can be, too!
GEL / CREAM BLENDS
Olay Dark Circle Correcting Hydra Swirl, $29.99
Olay’s Luminous Dark Circle Correcting HydraSwirl uses a distinctive dual-swirl formula with a gel to hydrate and a cream to instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Cenoire Novo Atomizer Mist Spray at Overstock.com, $36.99
The Novo is designed with advanced Nano Technology that atomizes water into nano particles allowing it to absorb fast, fully and effectively into the skin offering instant moisture and elasticity to the face!
Restorsea Restoring Night Cream, $175
Now we know ingested Omega 3′s in salmon is great for your skin, but what about topically applied salmon? When baby salmon are born, they release an enzyme, now dubbed Aquabeautine XL® which dissolves the egg shell without harming them. This natural enzyme provides the same benefits as glycolic acid but without the side effects of glycolic acid or Retin-A!