We thought it was time to talk about one of our most loved products - one which has become the foundation of the perfect skin care routine for so many of our customers. Our award-winning Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask was created as a much needed alternative to the detergent-based cleansers that we believe are the cause of skin problems for so many people.
The problem with detergent-based cleansers
Detergents are the active ingredients of milky and clear cleansers, micellar waters and some cleansing oils. They are very efficient at removing dirt and oil, however they are equally effective at removing the beneficial oils and proteins that make up our skin’s barrier. A damaged skin barrier can lead to flakey, red, irritable skin, breakouts and acne, or simply dull, wrinkle-prone skin.
At Mokosh, we believe that detergent cleansers should not be used on the delicate skin of the face. It is far gentler and more nurturing to the skin to cleanse with pure botanical ingredients that are free of detergents.
Our two innovative cleansers are detergent-free
We have created two 100% certified organic cleansers, and each works in different ways. Our Makeup Remover & Cleansing Oil is a highly efficient oil cleanser that penetrates the skin’s pores and dissolves dirt and oils without disrupting the skin’s lipid barrier. It helps dislodge blackheads and whiteheads, dissolves dirt, pollutants and excess sebum, all while replenishing important barrier-restoring oils in the skin (read more here).
Our Facial Cleanser Exfoliator & Mask works differently. It is a blend of 10 organic herbal powders that are mixed with water to a paste before massaging over the skin. It will cleanse, remove superficial cell debris and deliver a range of beneficial nutrients. It also leaves the skin fresh and free of cellular debris, creating the ideal environment for the efficient absorption of nutritious serums and creams.
What makes our Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask so powerful?
We looked to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, for inspiration to create this product. We selected herbs from a range of cultures known for their cleansing and healing properties, as well as for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, humectant and nutritional benefits. We believe that one of the reasons this product creates such a dramatic improvement to the texture and clarity of the skin is because its nutrients are activated as soon as they are applied. In their dry, powdered form, nutrients remain dormant. Once activated by the addition of water, they achieve full potency while in contact with your skin. This offers an enormous benefit over the traditional method of manufacturing skin care. Water-based skin care products may start out with highly nutritious ingredients, however once they have been diluted in a watery, synthetically preserved medium, their nutrient content often falls dramatically within a few months of manufacture.
What ingredients are in our Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask?
We have selected 10 botanical ingredients to formulate this product - each was chosen for its outstanding benefits to the skin. We have created a balanced formula that will cleanse and perform a gentle micro-exfoliation, and at the same time deliver a broad range of anti-ageing, skin-calming and skin rejuvenating benefits.
Since ancient times, oatmeal has been valued for its ability to soothe and heal skin conditions. Science has shown that many beneficial effects are due to its content of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant polyphenols, particularly the avenanthramides. It also contains beta-glucans and other starches which act as humectants, hydrating the skin and at the same time stimulating collagen production and improving skin elasticity. It has been shown to be beneficial in inflammatory skin conditions, including dermatitis, psoriasis and acne.
Aloe vera is another ancient skin remedy, reportedly used by Nefertiti and Cleopatra as part of their beauty regimes. It includes anti-inflammatory molecules, vitamins and skin-beneficial minerals, including zinc. It also contains hormone-like substances that can stimulate collagen production, and muco-polysaccharides that act as humectants, helping to plump the skin.
Matcha green tea
Green tea has been grown in China for millennia for its health benefits. We recently added matcha green tea to this product because of its outstanding benefits to the skin. Matcha green tea is prized for its extremely high levels of antioxidants - up to 10 times the concentration found in green tea. Matcha green tea is cultivated differently to green tea - it is grown in the shade during the final weeks before harvest, which results in an intense green leaf colour. When green tea polyphenols are applied to the skin, they have been shown to protect against free radical damage caused by UV light. Their potent antioxidant activity can also help protect the skin against the ageing effects of free radicals caused by pollutants, toxins and basic cell metabolism. Polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help soothe inflamed, irritated skin. A number of studies have shown that tea polyphenols can be helpful in severe forms of acne, possibly by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria implicated in acne, Propionibacterium acnes. Matcha green tea also contains high levels of vitamin C, vitamins B and E, and zinc.
Meadowsweet has been used medicinally in Europe for centuries, predominantly for the relief of fever and pain, and to treat gastrointestinal complaints. It is most famous for being the source of the compound salicin, which was first used to manufacture aspirin. All parts of the plant contain high levels of polyphenols, which are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules. Its content of salicylic acid, at around 0.5%, makes it a gentle exfoliant, helping dead cells to shed more easily. Salicylic acid is also capable of entering pores where it can prevent sebum build-up. In addition, it can promote production of collagen, and neutralise the activity of enzymes that damage collagen.
Coconut flour is made from the white flesh of the coconut. It contains medium chain triglycerides, particularly lauric acid, which has antimicrobial and emollient effects. We love it for its silky exfoliation and absorbent properties.
The scent of the precious rose oil retained in dried rose petals is evident as soon as we open the container. Rose oil has both uplifting and antidepressant effects, whole the petals are rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin, some anti-microbial activity, and are also thought to help regulate sebum production. Rose petals also contain vitamins B and C, as well as beta-carotene.
Extracts of calendula petals have been used in Ayurvedic and traditional medicine both for the treatment of skin and for internal disorders. For the skin, calendula is mainly used for its anti-inflammatory effects, for the treatment of burns, for its anti-microbial effects and to speed wound-healing. Calendula petals are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory molecules and beta-carotene, and acts as a natural astringent. It also contains mucilaginous polysaccharides, which can plump the skin.
Tulsi is a herb widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a range of conditions. It is rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, and is very rich in antioxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory effects and anti-microbial effects which make it helpful in the treatment of acne.
Pomegranate juice is extremely rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which also have anti-inflammatory benefits, and contains high levels of vitamin C. These nutrients neutralise the action of free radicals on the skin, protecting the skin from their ageing effects. It also contains citric acid at around 1%, which is both an alpha- and a beta-hydroxy acid, and can promote the exfoliation of dead skin cells. Citric acid can also benefit sun-damaged skin by increasing levels of collagen and glycosaminoglycan in the dermis, and by increasing the thickness of the epidermis.
Wheatgrass contains high levels of vitamins B, C and E as well as beta-carotene, zinc and selenium and chlorophyll. It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules.
Making the switch to detergent-free cleansing may take a little time to get used to. For some, the ‘squeaky clean’ feeling of detergent-washed skin feels normal, whereas it really means oil-depleted, potentially barrier-damaged skin. Both our cleansers leave the skin feeling fresh, hydrated, softened and revitalised. Our Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask is ideal for clarifying the skin, leaving the skin calm and replenished. It will also allow your moisturiser to sink more efficiently into your skin, allowing more nutrients to reach the deeper layers. We believe that starting your beauty routine with a well-formulated detergent-free cleanser is the first step to having your healthiest skin ever. What’s stopping you from making the switch?