What’s my go to skincare? It’s Go-To!

I was searching for a dimethicone free face cream for months, one that I could get in Australia without any fuss. Why do I avoid dimethicone? it’s like a silicone sleeve for your skin, it traps in everything on the surface. The up side? it makes the skin look and feels smooth~ but it can often spread pimples, infection, and cause acne.

Then I found Go-To skincare, formulated by the gorgeous Zoë Foster Blake. I just grabbed the fab 3 and went to work washing my face. But after investigating my bathroom I wanted to know if they stood up to their hype with the good ingredients and great results.

What I found.

My ritual~

Morning: I cleanse with Properly clean then add face hero and my sunscreen of choice.

Evening: I use coconut oil to remove tough makeup (mascara, red lippy) then cleanse with properly clean then use face hero, and put on very useful face cream.

Well, as far as results go my skin has been amazing. An odd pimple when hormones rage but no acne. No huge flare up, nice even texture, I’m the foundation and tint free most days now and still manage to take a good selfie haha They smell lovely and natural, but not hippie grass scent natural.

Tthe ingredients… they weren’t in EWG or Think Dirty so I went about listing them one by one. There was one single yellow ingredient in 2 of the products in the photo above.

Properly clean –

Green: water, sodium cocoamphoacetate, glycerine, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, sodium chloride, dehydroacetic acid, citric acid, willow bark extract.

Yellow:

5 – benzyl alcohol – Benzyl alcohol is a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy. Recommended restricted in cosmetics – (safe only within recommended use or concentration limits 5% or under), One or more human case studies show possible allergenic or allergenic effects, Associated with immunotoxicity or allergies, organ toxicity, Classified as toxic or harmful (only for products for use around the mouth; products for use on the lips; products that may be aerosolized (airborne).

No info: natural fragrance (ginger, mandarin and lime)

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Face Hero –

Green: jojoba oil, Almond oil, macadamia oil, brazil nut oil, evening primrose oil, buriti oil, arnica oil, rosehip oil (actually couldn’t find this one), calendula oil, kiwi seed oil, tocopherol (note, safe vitamin E unlike the one mixed with acid), totarol, rosemary leaf,

 No info: natural fragrance (orange blossom & rose gardenia.)

Totally green woohoo!!

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Very useful face cream – 

green: Water, shea butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, amla berry extract (search indian gooseberry extract) , cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, avocado oil, sunflower oil, mango butter, beeswax, coenzyme Q10 (search ubiquinone), dehydroacetic acid

Yellow: 5 – benzyl alcohol – Benzyl alcohol is a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy. Recommended restricted in cosmetics – (safe only within recommended use or concentration limits 5% or under), One or more human case studies show possible allergenic or allergenic effects, Associated with immunotoxicity or allergies, organ toxicity, Classified as toxic or harmful (only for products for use around the mouth; products for use on the lips; products that may be aerosolized (airborne).

No info: natural fragrance (fig and oriental rose)

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I wish there was something else in there as a preservative instead of the Benzyl alcohol!!! Only because for me, even though it’s listed as ‘safe’for use in under 5% quantities, that’s not a risk I personally like to take when given the choice.

That said, I’d buy these products again. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. Not to mention it is a single ingredient in an entire list? That’s an incredible triumph in my eyes. Nasty things are often cheaper, easier to use, and some don’t even have to be listed on the label!

What do you think Go-To? is there another preservative you could swap to make your products totally green and clean?

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