There are few natural beauty gurus with more credentials than Emmily Banks. Founder and Editor in Chief of beauty blog Depths Of Beauty, the Australian makeup artist places as much emphasis on inner beauty as she does outer beauty. Emmily adopts a holistic approach to all of her work in the beauty sphere, with an overarching goal to “empower women to love the skin they’re in.”
An undisputed authority in the beauty sector with a hope to “create change in the world by encouraging conscious beauty, authentic well-being and environmental awareness,” Emmily regularly shares her expert beauty tips with her loyal digital following. Recently, Emmily shared her top tips for achieving and maintaining a flawless, blemish-free complexion naturally – featuring our very own Botani products.
Why Natural Beauty
Before we get to what Emmily Banks has touted as her “ultimate” acne treatment, it’s crucial to strip things back and talk about why Emmily chooses natural beauty products in the first place.
Having worked as a professional makeup artist for ten years, Emmily has seen it all when it comes to beauty. Given that our skin absorbs up to 60% of the ingredients we place on it, it makes sense to choose products that are entirely free from toxins.
“If we want to be feeling and functioning our very best we need to take care of ourselves from the inside out AND the outside in,” says Emmily. “This means being mindful of what we put ON our bodies, as well as in them.”
Emmily is also firmly against animal cruelty and unethically sourced ingredients, championing the natural, vegan, toxin-free beauty movement. “By choosing natural products,” says Emmily, “we’re reducing the demand for the production of toxic chemicals. It means less harmful residue disposed into waterways and landfill.”
If you’re ready to make the switch to natural beauty products, Emmily has four top tips to get you started:
- Know Your Ingredients.
- Don’t put anything ON your skin that you wouldn’t put IN your face.
- Explore the alternatives.
- Replace old nasties with new naturals.
Skincare Ingredients We Should Be Using
Olive squalene is one of our Botani critical natural ingredients, given its ability to mimic the skin’s built-in protective layer – a naturally occurring moisturiser that our skin loses over time. Squalene is as vital to the skin as water is to life and can calm irritations and wrinkles, kill acne-causing bacteria, reduce wrinkles, support eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, heal scars and balance the skin’s oil production.
Our Olive Skin Serum is one of our key innovations, containing 100% pure olive squalene to replenish our skin’s natural squalene levels.
“[It] works just like the natural moisture our skin produces,” Emmily says on the Depths of Beauty blog, “it is quickly and readily absorbed by the skin. Not only does this mean it leaves skin deeply moisturised but it’s great for sensitive skin, prevents free radical damage and premature ageing AND can calm skin irritation.”
Acne itself is caused by clogged pores, so while many traditional moisturisers and oils have the potential to trigger an acne-causing clog, Olive Squalene behaves like our skin’s natural oils, so it works to balance our skin’s oil production!
Best Natural Acne Treatments
Even with balanced oil production, nobody’s skin is immune to the occasional acne breakout or irritating spot. Emmily chooses to treat acne naturally as organic treatments are free from pesticides, synthetics and sewage sludge.
Emmily’s favourite acne treatment is the Botani Rescue Acne Cream, as it has a 99.9% kill factor on the bacteria that cause acne in just 30 minutes. Emmily recommends this cream, dubbing it the “ultimate” acne treatment, for reasons including:
- Treats and heals pimples without damaging the skin.
- Mattifies the skin by absorbing excess oil.
- Soothes irritations.
- Draws out blackheads trapped beneath the skin’s surface.
- Reduces inflammation and redness.
- Used as both a spot treatment or to treat a large area of problem skin.
What makes the Rescue Acne Cream so effective are its ingredients. Goldenseal is a potent natural acne treatment and is anti-inflammatory, horsetail extract which works to protect the skin, echinacea which soothes the skin, reduces swelling and treats acne, as well as spike lavender oil which soothes irritations.
Aside from being incredibly effective, the Botani Rescue Acne Cream is vegan, toxin-free and ethically sourced. Emmily describes it as “team au naturale’s answer to benzoyl and peroxide laden products,” making it the perfect blend of botanical ingredients and serious skin science. Emmily also echoes Botani founder Barbara Filokostas’ sentiments, with Barbara saying “I knew the answer to beautiful skin lay in Hippocrates’ concept of ‘the healing power of nature’; ingredients that worked in sync with the skin – allowing it to breathe instead of suffocating it with petroleum derivatives.”