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#BanilaCo MISS PINK GLOBAL series

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

If you haven't read part 1 of the MISS PINK GLOBAL series, you can read it here.


For today's part 2 of the series, I'll give you the low down of the 4 cleansing balms of the ICONIC Banila Co line, Clean It Zero.


*This part of the series will be longer than part 1 as I will be breaking down info on all 4 cleansing balms of the Macaron set.*


Along side with their new addition to the Clean It Zero cleansing balm line, [ Vita Pumpkin ], Banila Co also sent me their Macaron Edition Set which contained all of the following:


Banila Co. Clean It Zero Original - suited for combination skin & all skin types

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Revitalizing - suited for oily skin types

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purifying - suited for sensitive skin types

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Nourishing - suited for dry skin types


*There are similar ingredients in each formula, so for the sake of simplicity, I will only talk about them once, and list the ingredients list at the bottom of every cleansing balm description, mainly talking about which ingredients sets each one apart.*


Starting off with the OG cleansing balm, the Clean It Zero Original.



The Original is formulated to suit combination skin as well as all skin types. Claimed to smell like it's main ingredient, acerola. Let's talk ingredients:


Acerola [ Barbados cherry ]

This superstar ingredient has a ridiculously high content of Vitamin C thus contributing to collagen production giving your skin the much sought after anti-aging benefit. Because it's one of the main ingredients in this balm, I would advise anyone who is part of the sensitive skin clan to shy away from this one since acerola is an astringent. This means that it rocks at treating unwanted blemishes on your skin and help target excess oil and clogged pores. As a bonus, it also has some healing properties.


Rooibos Extract

Rooibos is PACKED with antioxidants [ like a lot ], naturally has AHAs and a whole bunch of other goods. So what can it do for your skin? Well it can help your skin fight-free radicals making it a great ingredient for this cleansing balm. Remember Banila Co bases their formulations on two key things " Before and After Makeup ". Next up are the antioxidant properties that can help soothe the irritated skin such as eczema, sunburns or overly dried skin. Remember me mentioning the naturally occurring AHAs? Well that my friends is GOLD if you are looking to treat acne or want to renew your skin cells through exfoliation [ the chemical kind of course ].


Gromwell root extract

An antioxidant that has skin soothing properties and has the ability to reduce inflammation of the skin and soothe rednesses.


Tocopheryl Acetate [ Vitamin E derivative ]

This derivative acts as an antioxidant due to its ability to fight off free radicals and protects the skin from sun damage. It provides moisture to the skin and helps strengthen the skin's protective barrier. Another thing worth mentioning is it's anti-inflammatory properties which can really help calming the skin. Even if reactions are typically rare with Tochopheryl Acetate, rashes and irritations are still a possibility so if you have sensitive reactive skin, very oily skin or even acne-prone skin I'd highly suggest conducting a patch test first! [Learn how to do patch testing here.]


Bambusa Vulgaris leaf/stem extract [ Bamboo extract ]

So many good things lie within this ingredient. Due to it's high concentration of natural silica, bamboo extract can help address numerous skin concerns. It can reinforce something called Glycosaminoglycans [ Glycos-amino-glycans or GAGs ] which means that in it's best conditions will prevent moisture loss within the skin layers. It also replenishes your skin's collagen and it's elasticity [ hello youthful skin! ]. There's more too! Bamboo also naturally contains antioxidants meaning it will protect your skin from free radicals and skin damage ultimately contributing to your overall brighter complexion. Got sensitive skin? All good. It's considered an anti-irritant meaning it has calming and soothing benefits to help treat even dry skin conditions.


Angelica Root Extract

Said to have the ability to help brighten the skin and even out skin tone [ think #nofilter ]. Although very popular in Asian skincare, there are a few links I've found that either claim this ingredient [ root extract form ] has not been fully researched. On Paula's Choice, it is deemed a poor ingredient and causes phototoxicity.

Find out more here:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5426508/ <-- Search Angelica Root on page

https://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/antioxidants/angelica-archangelica-root-oil.html

However, I personally feel that the knowledge we have [ Western cosmetics vs Asian cosmetics ] is very different and that this information should be taken with a grain of salt.

[ Don't stop using this OG cleansing balm if it has worked wonders for you so far, right? ]


Butelyne Glycol

A humectant that will help condition your skin helping it feel soft and improve your skin's texture overall. This ingredient moisturizes the skin as it effectively retains moisture [ as humectants do ].


Ingredients list [ not shown in order of highest to lowest quantity ]:

rooibos extract, barbados cherry extract, gromwell root extract, tocopheryl acetate, bambusa bulgari leaf/stem extract, angelica root extract, butylene glycol


Got oily skin? This next one is for you!

Clean It Zero Revitalizing was created with oily skin in mind.


The formula is not completely different, but rather has many additional ingredients added so let's talk about those:


Grapeseed oil

The biggest takeaway from grapeseed oil is that it is a very lightweight oil that is non comedogenic [ extracted from grape seeds ] making this oil suitable for most skin types, even sensitive and acne-prone skin. What's great about this ingredient is that it has the ability to target a few skin concerns all at once, such as acne-prone skin [ acne-prone skin tend to be linoleic acid deficient, a type of omega-6 fatty acid and grapeseed oil contains a high amount of it. ], fights free radicals with it's antioxidant properties, reduces TEWL

[ transepidermal water loss ] resulting in a more balanced and moisturized skin, the fatty acids also contribute to it's anti-aging properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties.


Grape Root Extract [ Oregon Grape ]

Mostly known to have been used in traditional Chinese medicine, is said to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.


Resveratrol

This is an antioxidant that can be found in a multitude of foods such as grape skins, dark chocolates, berries and more. When applied topically, it helps fight signs of aging and protects the skin on a cellular level improving your overall skin complexion. Even more is that it helps in reducing redness of the skin [ acne-prone skin folk? ], while still providing it with the necessary moisture [ although it may be counter intuitive to add moisture to a pimple, it's exactly what it needs! ]. This baby will also help improve the overall texture of your skin.


Olive Oil

My first reaction when I read this ingredient was

What the f**k?!

Taking me back to days where I would see girls do DIY masks in their kitchen - REALLY. Combining olive oil with sea salt for " mild exfoliation ". Urgh! It still sends chills down my spine! But not trying to judge, I just wouldn't personally do this myself. Carrying on..

Olive oil contains antioxidants which we all know at this point it's a very much welcomed benefit in the skincare world giving that prevention for signs of aging as well as fighting off free radicals. It's got loads of vitamins A, D, E & K. My only opinion on this ingredient in particular, is that it's a bit strange that it's found in this cleansing balm which is intended for oily skin, because I feel that olive oil would only make things worse. However, it is not a cleansing balm made of 100% olive oil only - get where I'm getting at? So most likely the trace amounts are too little to negatively affect your skin.


Cypress Tree Leaf

Has antiviral and antibacterial properties which are both perfect for acne-prone skin.


Gardenia Extract

This one has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It does a good job at waking up tired skin , soothe dry skin as well as giving your skin a refreshed look!


Ingredients list [ not shown in order of highest to lowest quantity ]:

rooibos extract, tocopheryl acetate, barbados cherry extract, grape seed oil, chopi tree fruit extract, resveratrol, olive oil, cypress tree leaf extract, gardenia extract, angelica root extract, bambusa bulgari leaf/stem extract, grape root extract, grapevine extract, butylene glycol


Up next, we'll go through the Clean It Zero Purifying


Gold Extract

Is said to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has the ability to reduce redness of the skin [ sensitive/ reactive skin anyone? ] However, I wouldn't put all my money on this ingredient alone until more concrete research can prove it's skin benefits. Let's take a quick look at what else is good about the Purifying cleansing balm.


Spanish Licorice Root Extract

This one is an all around good ingredient to have boasting in active ingredients. Again with the skin soothing [ something I'm sure all sensitive skin's will appreciate, or any skin type ], it contains a component that has high antioxidant properties [ glabridin ] that soothes the skin. Licorice root extract is also good for evening out skin tone and can help to treat hyperpigmentation, fight off UVA and UVB's.


Aloe Vera Leaf Extract

Known for it's iconic power to soothe sunburns and it's anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera contains enzymes as well as antioxidants and vitamins A and C which are all great for acne, dry skin, sun burns and even sensitive skin.


Purslane Extract

Purslane is a super hero in the department of regenerating skin cells - On a cellular level, meaning it's exactly what you would want in the anti-aging department. It contains high amounts of vitamin A, C and E making it a powerful antioxidant that is able to address a number of skin concerns.


Chamomile Flowers

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties this is a great skin soothing ingredient. Also great for other sensitive/ irritated skin types such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema, chamomile can also reduce blemishes and rednesses.


Centella Asiatica Extract

This ICONIC ingredient is rich in so many things such as amino acids, fatty acids and many more. It's a very potent ingredient known for it's calming properties and it's ability to help speed up healing, as well as stimulating cell regeneration as well as promoting collagen production! It's also good for anyone looking to hydrate the skin and help soothe compromised skin barriers.


Ingredients list [ not shown in order of highest to lowest quantity ]:

angelica root extract, beta-carotene, gold extract, bambusa bulgari leaf/ stem extract

[ bamboo ], rooibos extract, green tea extract, spanish licorice root extract, aloe vera leaf extract, purslane extract, chamomile flowers, centella asiatica extract, pink needle flower/ needle/ stem extract, rosemary leaf extract, matricaria flower extract, port mari gold flower extract, hollyhock extract, butylene glycol, glycerin, evening primerose oil, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, argan kernel oil, corn oil


Last but not least, let's talk about the Clean It Zero Nourish!


Ginseng Extract and Ginseng Root Extract

This has the ability to diminish the skin's rough texture, boost skin's hydration and even out the skin tone. Ginseng is a natural skin balancer making it a great ingredient to address your skin concerns that have to do with your complexion. When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, it can promote collagen production benefitting you with firmer skin and it has antioxidant properties so your skin get's the protection from free radicals. Hyperpigmentation? Ginseng will take care of that too!


Royal Jelly

Mainly used in cosmetics becase it contains antioxidant compounds to help fight free radicals. Other than that, royal jelly contains a high amount of protein [ around 13% ] and has sources of vitamins A, B, C and E, fatty acids as well as enzymes which we all know our skin's can benefit from. All of these combined could result in an ingredient that has the potential to nourish, soothe, heal and protect the skin.


*Note, if you are allergic to honey or bees, I'd strongly advise you either do a patch test or consult a doctor before trying any product containing this ingredient.


Evening Primerose Oil

Aside from being a pretty flower [ and my favourite colour, yellow, which is ironically the colour of this cleansing balm ], there are a few things worth noting. Evening Primerose has sooting and moisturizing benefits and is perfect for addressing dry, irritated skin and wrinkles.


Squalane

One of my personal favourite ingredients in skincare this one will help balance your oil production while giving you the benefits of having just enough moisture. This very lightweight ingredient has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as well. - I personally use squalane on a daily basis and it's honestly a game changer in the skincare world!


Ingredients list [ not shown in order of highest to lowest quantity ]:

ginseng fruit extract, sunflower seed oil, ginseng extract, royal jelly extract, corn oil, evening primerose oil, angelica root extract, bambusa bulgari leaf/stem extract, rooibos extract, safflower seed oil, squalane, beta-carotene, butylene glycol


*Keep in mind that there is a wide range of ingredient varieties in cosmetics, and that not all of them have necessarily been researched in large scale studies to prove their skin benefits. However, researching ingredients and their compounds/ compositions we can justify how certain ingredients can most definitely benefit our skin. It is our duty [ as it is mine ] and our due diligence to conduct our own personal research to find out how and why certain ingredients would work for us. Given the information I've given above, it is up to the individual to decide whether or not the product is good for them.*


Which cleansing balm is right for you? I have combination skin so the OG cleansing balm would be right for me, but the purifying one is calling my name. Also, I'm in LOVE with the new Vita Pumpkin!


Ingredient list taken from the official Banila Co website at Banila.com

Clean It Zero Original

Clean It Zero Revitalizing

Clean It Zero Purifying

Clean It Zero Nourishing


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