How well does natural skincare actually work? We put our favourite natural products to the test
Does natural skincare really work? That's the question a lot of us find ourselves asking. After all, it sounds good to think about switching to a natural beauty routine, but what if that means giving up effective products? And yet, natural beauty devotees continue to sing the praises of their favourite products.
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To get to the final verdict, we decided to pit natural products against high-tech heroes to see how well they stand up. So if you're ready to know the answer to the question 'does natural skincare really work?' we may just have the answer.
In the green corner: Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser
“I was pleasantly surprised by this product. It lathered well and took off all of my makeup (no makeup residue on cotton pads when applying toner). The smell was lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed using this foaming cleanser! My skin is also quite sensitive and did not break out from this product. Highly recommend.” Rating: 4/5 – Suesse88
In the high-tech corner: Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser
“This is my absolute favourite cleanser without a doubt. I have used other resurfacing and exfoliating cleansers and none have been anywhere near as good as this one. It makes my skin feel so soft and young and it doesn’t irritate as some resurfacing cleansers can. As with most Dermalogica products, I find I don't really like the smell but it's so good that I can live with it!” Rating: 5/5 – Pretty in pink
In the green corner: Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner
“The first thing that appealed to me about this toner (and Natio in general) is that they use natural products. Secondly this toner is alcohol-free so I know my skin wont get hungover and tired looking! The scent is sweet, calming and mild. I am amazed that after cleansing, this toner still manages to find traces of impurities. This gives me confidence in the product and the fact that my skin is truly clean and can breath without being clogged up with products. It gave me no tightness when used and my skin didn’t gasp for my moisturiser soon after.” Rating: 5/5 – Brisblonde80
In the high-tech corner: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Toner
“I was really drawn to the prettiness of this toner – which is milky pink when shaken into an emulsion and was really happy with the way it works too. Skin felt very clean and refreshed.” Rating: 4/5 – pink sparkles
In the green corner: Sukin Facial Moisturiser
"This moisturiser is very light and sinks into skin very quickly, yet leaves skin feeling very moisturised. It does not feel remotely sticky and has a very fresh and natural scent. This moisturiser is a very reasonable price and has heaps of natural ingredients with none of the bad stuff. My skin loves it and I love knowing that I'm putting natural ingredients on my face, not a lotion full of chemicals." Rating: 5/5 – hpayne95
In the high-tech corner: Alpha-H Balancing Moisturiser and Gentle Exfoliant
“This moisturiser really is for all skin types, I have ALL skin types, so I should know! It really does all that it claims to and leaves skin glossy but not greasy. Skin looks younger, softer and smoother and problematic or difficult skin is so much happier and easier to deal with.” Rating: 5/5 – glamourcat
In the green corner: Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
“This is a little bottle of wonderful! There are several citrus based products in the ingredients which make it all smell and feel very uplifting. The end result is a skin surface that is noticeably smoother and more refined. My skin doesn't feel like it's had a deep clean, but it does feel as smooth as the proverbial baby's backside. And any product I use afterwards like a serum or moisturiser just sinks on in for full effect.” Rating: 5/5 – Dilettante
In the high-tech corner: Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
“I have been using this product for 3 years in conjunction with other Paula's Choice products, and it never fails to give me great results! The gel feels very lightweight when applying it and has dramatically improved my skin tone, has minimized my pores around my nose, and has diminished the little bumps on my cheeks. This is a staple of my skin routine, it is such a great everyday product!” Rating: 5/5 – cinta_mon
In the green corner: Trilogy Age-Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate
“This product is a life saver for me! It is the ony eye roller I have been able to find that actually shows results from removing dark circles from under my eyes in the morning. I also find this diminishes puffiness if I have had a rough sleep that night, which is just another bonus and I do notice my eye area looks plumper. This is also the only eye roller I have found which hasn't irritated my skin at all, no tingling or anything. You definitely need to try this, you wont regret it!” Rating: 5/5 – clare-elise
In the high-tech corner: Skin Physics Advance SUPERLIFT® Eye Contouring Serum
"The content of the product is rich and creamy. My under eye area was noticeably more hydrated and smoother. I have noticed some improvements from using this product, the texture of my under eye has improved, I have been noticing a lot of dry patches which this has assisted with. As for the eye bags and sagginess, I'm still yet to see and effect, but fingers crossed!” Rating: 4/5 – lilynotlouise
In the green corner: Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion
“Leaves my skin so radiant and glowing! Great smell and natural ingredients. The whole range is so yummy. I have sensitive skin, but this moisturizer I could eat. It is not sticky and skin can breathe after massaging it all over your gorgeous body!" Rating: 5/5 – Yohanna
In the high-tech corner: La Mer The Reparative Body Lotion
“The La Mer lotion lives up to its claims. My dry skin improved after one use and became more hydrated and comfortable after each application. It has a lovely fresh scent and even though its super rich, it absorbs straight away, allowing you to dress immediately. Excellent product for a very dry skin.” Rating: 4/5 – sophia66
In the green corner: Australian Native Botanicals Exfoliating Body Scrub
“I really enjoyed using this scrub. I love that it is full of natural, Australian ingredients with no nasty microbeads in sight. The formula is gel like with a thin consistency. I would describe it as more of a body wash with a bit of grit rather than a scrub. There isn't a whole lot of it so it provides light exfoliation of the skin. My skin felt fresh and smooth after a weeks use and it's definitely gentle enough to use daily. I really recommend this lovely scrub and will purchase in the future.” Rating: 4/5 – Bijoux
In the high-tech corner: Alpha Keri Anti Cellulite Sugar Body Scrub
“I can happily say this is one of the best body scrubs I've ever tried. The texture is very grainy and as you would expect from the name, like sugar in your hands. It feels wonderful on the skin and buffs away any dry skin. After getting out of the shower I immediately noticed softer and smoother skin.” Rating: 4/5 – hannahlon6
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