Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

Mario Badescu makes amazing (plant-based and cruelty-free) products that treat acne. I’ve had positive results from every Mario Badescu product I’ve tried. But I actually didn’t expect to like this acne facial cleanser when I bought it. It’s got salicylic acid, which I’ve tried before to combat acne and found to be ineffective (I’ve found that benzoyl peroxide works much better for me). Luckily for me, I was wrong about this cleanser. It’s probably because I use it in combination with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser (Carley’s Clear and Smooth Acne Treatment).

What this cleanser does for my skin is wonderful. It’s thick and gel-like out of the bottle, so you don’t have to use much to make a good lather on your face (unlike some cleansers that are like water and you end up using tons of it to feel like it’s doing anything). That gel-like consistency is from the aloe vera gel it’s made with (the third ingredient on the list). The aloe vera is really soothing to acne-inflamed skin, and the salicylic acid smoothes rough patches. After I’ve used this product, my skin feels soft and looks less ruddy. I follow up with Mario Badescu’s Special Cleansing Lotion “C”, which also treats acne (I’ll devote a post to that later).

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

The Yes To brand is one of my all-time favorites. The company is cruelty free and strives to use all natural ingredients. It makes the following targeted skin and hair care lines:

These premoistened facial towelettes from the Yes To Cucumber line come in a convenient travel-sized package with 10 towelettes in each. The towelettes are perfect for removing make-up on the go. I take a package with me when I go on vacation, and I would totally put one in my gym bag if I ever went to the gym.

I use a towelette to remove all my make-up (eye make-up, foundation, lipstick), and then I follow up with a face cleanser because I have acne prone skin. Despite my skin’s tendency to throw a tantrum every time I use a new product, these towelettes did not upset my skin; I didn’t get a new breakout or anything. And they seem to remove my make-up really well–there were only a couple times I woke up with residual eyeliner smeared around my eyes (and that could very well have been due to my drunken make-up removal attempts).

In addition to being cruelty free, these facial towelettes are 98% natural and biodegradable.

Plastic Microbeads in Your Body Scrub are Killing Marine Life

Nice uplifting title, right? Unfortunately, it’s true. And it’s a great reason to buy all natural body washes.

This article explains how those tiny plastic beads are washed into the ocean where they do not biodegrade and instead get eaten by wildlife. This article describes the phase out of microbeads in all Unilever products by 2015. So the good news is that cosmetic companies are becoming aware of the problem of plastic in our oceans. But the bad news is that they’re not exactly on the fast track to solving the problem.

Which means it’s up to the consumer to be informed and buy products that contain only natural ingredients. Below is a list of some of my favorite body and face scrubs that do not contain plastic beads and are also cruelty-free. Feel free to comment with your favorites!

Body Scrubs

Face Scrubs