Luxe Botanics

A botanic skincare line scientifically formulated to allow nature to nurture your skin.


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What Happens When You Double Cleanse

Ever served a lovely casserole to your guests and ended up with dirty dishes veiled with a solid layer of olive oil? You’ve probably ran them under some water before loading up the dishwasher — to remove any extra oil and bits and pieces of food. Just to ensure things end up squeaky clean. A similar concept exists for skin, and it’s called pre-cleansing.

Pre-cleansing is when you wash your face with an oil-based cleanser before using your regular cleanser. You need a pre-cleanser to truly deep-clean skin—without compromising the delicate skin barrier. Only an oil-based solution can gently yet powerfully penetrate skin and clean out the excess sebum produced by your skin, the waterproof ingredients and oils from your skincare and cosmetics products as well as the dirt, grime and pollution you’ve accumulated throughout the day. Oil is potent enough to melt away the makeup and impurities, which then paves the way for following products.

When you pre-cleanse, your regular cream cleanser not only works more efficiently by easily dissolving the remainder of the impurities but also by infusing their beneficial ingredients into skin more deeply.

 

When and How to Pre-Cleanse

For the most part, you only need to pre-cleanse in the evening for two reasons. First, you have the most bacteria, dirt and oil on your skin before you sleep. Second, your skin needs to be at its cleanest at night since it’s when it works the hardest to repair itself. In fact, as you’re drifting in Dreamland, your skin’s natural antioxidant levels are higher than normal to combat the damage—and this process is most efficient when your skin isn’t congested.

 

Our Simple 2-Step Cleansing Routine

Luxe Botanics offers two botanically rich, purifying cleansers to ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed—and remains as balanced and fresh as possible.

 

Step 1: On dry skin, massage the ultra-silky and velvety oil-based Marula Hydrating Pre Cleanser in circular motions to thoroughly remove dirt, excess oil, makeup, pollution and other impurities. Marula, jojoba and rosehip oils gently dissolve pore-clogging particulates and detoxify skin without disrupting the skin’s delicate natural lipid barrier. Rinse with comfortably warm water using either clean hands or a konjac sponge for extra-confident cleansing.

Your skin is now breathing easier and a lot more absorbable. It’s balanced, strong and hydrated.

 

Step 2: On still-damp skin, massage in Camu Brightening Cleanser, a lightweight cream cleanser that removes dirt, excess oil and other impurities to refresh and purify skin. High levels of vitamin C-rich Camu camu brightens and evens out skin tone while coconut oil, chamomile, cucumber and green tea work to calm and refine skin. 

Your skin is now fully sparkling clean, ready to drink up your serums and moisturisers, and stronger and healthier for sleeptime rejuvenation!

Trust us — pre-cleansing before the cleansing will completely transform the way your skin looks and feels. Start today with one caveat: resist the temptation to touch your petal-soft face all day!

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

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Ingredients With Purpose

Shea butter comes from the shea nut, and lavender essential oil comes from lavender flower. Obvious enough, right? But at Luxe Botanics, when we know there’s a more sustainable, natural or high-tech way to source ingredients—without compromising on performance—we get creative.

We formulate our skincare only with botanicals that boast scientific merit (never including something just because it smells or sounds nice). Each and every element must serve a beneficial purpose.

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Another important aspect of formulating our transformative skin care is the synergy: making sure our ingredients are balanced in precisely the right proportions to work in harmony with one another. This means we won’t accept ingredients that render another ineffective. Our natural based stabilizing, emollient and emulsifying ingredients in every tincture are designed to be as friendly to skin as the rest of the bottle.

Here are such 11 such groundbreaking ingredients included in Luxe Botanics elixirs which show the power at the intersection of science and nature:

 

Peptides

Peptides are protein fragments made up of amino acids. They’re essential for firm, smooth and bouncy skin. We include three kinds in our Kigelia formulas: Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, which are created from sustainable coconut and palm kernel oils. These peptides are synthesized in our lab at our urban farm in the US — and are just as effective as other man-made peptides.

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Ferulic acid

Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radical damage, which is the top cause of premature ageing. This ingredient not only boosts the effectiveness of peptides, but it also enhances the stability of vitamins C and E within the same formula. Our ferulic acid is sourced from coffee and formulated with core botanical Camu camu berry.

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Cetyl alcohol

Don’t be scared of the word “alcohol.” Although there are types of alcohol that aren’t skin-friendly, cetyl alcohol is simply a fatty alcohol used to stabilize and thicken skincare formulas, while making them easier to blend. Ours is sustainably sourced from coconut extract. This ingredient makes your favourite Luxe Botanics product feel amazing on your skin (texture is an essential part of your skincare ritual, after all).

Citric acid

Citric acid is a natural substance found in citrus fruits, which serves to adjust the pH and boost the performance of other ingredients in skincare formulas. Ours is prepared fermentatively from a suitable sugar source and forms part of our Soil Association certified Kigelia africana fruit extract.Dollarphotoclub_60180822.jpg

Cocamide MIPA

Cocamide MIPA helps emulsify the formula while thickening it. The ingredient also helps stabilize the blend. Ours is sustainably sourced from coconut oil.

Glyceryl monostearate and Glyceryl stearate SE

Glyceryl monostearate helps thicken and disperse the formula, while Glyceryl stearate SE acts as an emollient that slows down moisture loss. Both of these are made from sustainably sourced coconut and are EcoCert-certified.

Lactobacillus ferment

Sounds like something you’d find in your probiotic pill, doesn’t it? Lactobacillus ferment is a natural preservative that also delivers antimicrobial benefits (through its production of bacteriocins, which are proteins produced by bacteria). Ours comes from corn—or more specifically, its sugars.

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Niacinamide

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is truly a skincare superstar. It helps suppress melanin production to keep your skin even toned, protects skin from UV damage, helps decongest skin, minimizes fine lines and strengthens and restores compromised skin. Beets and legumes (like lentils and lima beans) are used to create our niacinamide, which can be found in abundance in our Kigelia.

Phospholipids

Phospholipids are made of fatty acids and are skin savers in their own right. They’re known to help offer antioxidant action and protect cell membranes, all while acting as an emollient and emulsifier in formulas. On top of that, it’s thought that phospholipids help other ingredients penetrate skin more efficiently. Phospholipids are normally made with virgin egg yolk, olive oil or hazelnut oil. Ours is made with soy beans and sunflower seeds.

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Sodium hyaluronate

You’ve likely heard of hyaluronic acid, the trendy skincare ingredient known to hydrate and plump up skin like no other (and the main ingredient in the cosmetic injection Restalyne used to smooth our wrinkles). Sodium hyaluronate is a derivative, but its smaller molecules enable penetration into the skin. Back in the day, it was sourced from rooster combs or soybeans and corn. Ours is created through a biofermentation process of yeast with glucose and inorganic salts.

 

Want to learn more about our ingredients? Just drop us a line hello@luxebotanics.com and we’d be happy to answer any questions.

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team