Photo credit: Simple Basics at Etsy
As someone who suffers from adult acne way, way after my metaphorical braces have come off, I've tried just about every kind of acne-fighting formula known to mankind, including, I'm afraid to say, some pretty hard stuff, all with varying results. So I was incredibly surprised to find an anti-acne regimen that not only dispenses with most of the chemical goobledegook, but which actually works once you give it some time. Simple Basics is not a brand you'll find in a store. Its products are made in small batches by Michelle McLaughlin, an indie artisan who hawks her wares on Etsy.com. Her $28 Acne Skin Care Set offers a threeway of zit-zapping solutions—a face wash made with olive and coconut oils, French green clay, green tea, aloe vera, and tea tree oil; a toner comprising organic lavender hydrosol water, aloe vera, and witch hazel; and a chamomile- and Shea butter-based night cream with grapeseed and safflower oils to spur on cell growth and accelerate healing.
Suffice to say, you won't find scary toxins like parabens on the label. Simple Basics uses all-natural preservatives like vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, and rosemary extract, instead. Just one catch: Because of the lack of synthetics, the products have a shelf life of three to six months, but that shouldn't pose a problem if you're using them daily.
I've also noticed that the face wash stings my eyes if I don't rinse it off completely, although it's not a deal-breaker by any means. If anything, it's probably a sign that I need to wash more thoroughly. ::Etsy.com
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