A completely new formula emerged from the previous Face Pastes in Magic Earth Mumma's unique soap-free skincare range. Facial Cleansing Powders are a 3 in 1 product that cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates; providing clarity, balancing the skin tone, and adding a soft radiance to the complexion.
The formula began by using oatmeal as my emollient and exfoliant, but with the issue of gluten intolerance I looked for a better option that would be suitable to a wider range of people. Looking at my study notes for Ayurvedic medicine I came across reference to a botanical powder I didn't recognise, but on further research discovered it was Arrowroot Powder. Trials using this with a blend of Coconut Oil and Jojoba were very successful, but transporting it as a paste proved a bit hit and miss, (the oil rising to the surface of the blend and leaking out onto the label and packaging) ...so I went back to the developing phase. I had been making my son gluten-free biscuits using Brown Rice Flour, and one day noticed my hands were smooth and clean after washing off the dough (a eureka moment...). After several trials the first in the line of Face Pastes emerged - 'Devotee'. Then came 'Balance', developed for my teenage daughter, who's skin had hit that temperamental stage. Lastly was 'Soothe', to fill the spot between 'mature', 'combination to normal' and 'hormonal to problematic' complexions. Soothe is something one could use on very sensitive skin as it contained no exfoliating rice flour component. Soft, soothing and healing, it is also an alternative cleanser and moisturiser for anyone with damaged skin from acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema or acute dermatitis.
Brown Rice Flour and Rice Bran Oil have been used in Eastern skincare for thousands of years. The ultra-fine powders, coarser granular flours and natural oils contain enzymes which brighten the complexion, adding a radiant glow, and cleanse the skin gently. Because they are a completely botanical ingredient they are naturally cruelty-free and a completely natural base for skincare products.
Facial Cleansing Powders have the oils and other components aerated through the powder, giving a light and transportable powder formulation that has a long shelf life and is easy to use. To use you simply place a half teaspoon of powder into your hand and add a few drops of water to make a thin paste. Rub that onto dampened skin from the neck to forehead (and chest to shoulders if needed), and wash off with luke-warm water. Pat dry gently.
Q: Do Facial Cleansing Powders contain any parabens or preservatives?
A: No. Facial Cleansing Powders are totally natural and botanic without any petrochemicals whatsoever. The natural qualities of the coconut oil and pure essential oils provide more than adequate preserving qualities to the powder. However, as it is a natural product do not allow water into your tub or pouch and always use the spatula to avoid contaminating the blend.
Q: How much do I use and will it last a long time?
A: Each application is approximately a quarter to a half of a teaspoon (1.25 to 2.5ml) which means that if you used it twice a day you will get approximately 40 - 20 days out of the standard 50ml tub. 100ml refill pouches are available at a discounted price, and I encourage you to refill your tubs a few times. Currently in development are 4 portion sachets so you can take them conveniently anywhere you want to go.
Q: Why are your products 'soap-free'? Isn't soap needed to clean my skin?
A: Soap is produced from a number of natural or synthetic 'surfactant' compounds, which are very harsh on our skin. A surfactant is found in all kinds of detergents, from cosmetics to household and industrial cleaners...but the one we've all heard so much about recently is Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and similar. In a purely natural sense, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) is mixed with an oil to produce what we commonly know as 'soap'. These can appear on labels as 'saponified oil', 'sodium cocoate', 'sodium olivate', 'sodium palmate' (all botanical) and 'sodium tallowate' (using beef fat). They work by allowing oils to combine with water and therefore, enabling the easy removal of grease, oil and dirt by simply 'washing it away'. While this may be great for de-greasing your driveway, or cleaning a kitchen; ripping away the naturally produced oils that should be nourishing the layers of dermis sends our skin into shock. When we have skin that has not produced it's own oils for a long time, the shock reaction can be either very oily skin (overproduction) or very dry skin (underproduction). To re-balance our skin and nourish it accordingly, the removal of all soap product is recommended. From personal experience it has been necessary to go soap-free for approximately 10 years to reduce the shock impact and restore the skin's natural ability to produce the right amount of oil. Given that our water usually contains chlorine, our skin needs all the help it can get. The powders and oils in Facial Cleansing Powders attract and bond with particles and oils from sweat and environmental pollution, lifting off the dirt and replacing it with nutrient-dense components that help the skin repair, balance and heal. When a powder and oil work together with water, the need for a surfactant is removed...and your skin will thank you. (a similar formula is used in all the Body Ritual Scrubs and Shower Cremes)
Q: Do I need to use a moisturiser with the Facial Cleansing Powders?
A: This depends upon your skin type and the length of time you have been using natural, detergent-free skincare. Our skin is supposed to make it's own oil called 'sebum', but the production of this is hampered by the 'rip & clog' method employed in mainstream skincare products that strip the skin of the natural oil layer to 'clean' it, then further harsh astringents in the form of 'toners' are applied, and finally the suffocation of skin with creams that contain any number of synthetic emulsifiers and preservatives. No wonder most people complain of 'dry' skin conditions. I suggest trying out a Facial Cleansing Powder as directed, and if you feel your skin is tight or in need of more moisture, apply a very small amount of cold pressed botanical oil like Jojoba, Coconut, Hemp, Argan, Macadamia, Olive, Rice Bran or Grapeseed. Alternatively, apply a small amount of an appropriate Facial Oil (and soon to be available Skin Conditioning Gels) from MEM. Facial Cleansing Powders contain their own moisturising oils and will usually leave skin rehydrated, soft and clean.