Megan te Boekhorst is changing the narrative on mental illness. Living with depression and in recovery from an eating disorder, Megan has become a fierce mental health advocate, founding One in Five Apparel, building the Living With Scholarship Foundation, and hosting the Tarot Reflections podcast. Using clean beauty products and caring for her skin has always been critical to Megan's mental health toolbox. Megan's sensitive skin is guaranteed to break out when her mental health is low, so she looks for gentle products that indulge all the senses.
As a Clean Beauty Awards Judge, Megan was asked to review the Facial Cleanser Category. The overall ranking system of the Clean Beauty Awards is a systematic scoring method based on a product’s efficacy and performance based on skin type and skin needs which means that personal preference and brand values are not always reflected in the final results. Therefore, we are taking this opportunity to ask Megan to choose her top three favourite products not just based on product performance but also based on her personal connection to the brand ethos, values and packaging.
Favourite Facial Cleanser #1: Frances Prescott + Tri-Balm
Tri-Balm by Frances Prescott is an oil-based cleanser containing a blend of botanical oils formulated to melt away impurities and remove makeup. It is hydrating and nourishing to the skin, improving texture and tone.
This multi-purpose cleanser was Megan’s top pick:
*“*This product is the definition of a powerhouse product. It's a three-in-one that does more than it says. It can be used as a mask for extra hydration. It's easy to travel with and is scent-free. The Tri-Balm has become a necessity in my life, especially on days that have me running around to grow my business, support my clients, and manage my mental health.”
Want to know more about what Megan loved about the Tri-Balm? Check it out here.
Favourite Facial Cleanser #2: kus + AGA-GLOW™ FACIAL CLEANSER
Kus' facial cleanser helps cleanse gently with a natural formula of plant-derived surfactant, leaving the skin soft, nourished and deeply refreshed.
Megan had three great reasons to love this product:
“This product stood out for three reasons. First, I loved the gentle scent. It reminded me of eucalyptus. Second, a little bit goes a long way, so I know this product will last me a while. Finally, my skin feels fantastic after I use it. Fresh, clean, and soft.
It so happened that I spent part of my time testing this product while I had COVID. Honestly, using it became a crucial part of my recovery strategy. The scent helped clear my airways, and I felt better after a refreshing facial cleanse.”
Learn more about Megan’s experience using AGA-GLOW Facial Cleanser on Instagram.
Favourite Facial Cleanser #3: Birch Babe + Oatmeal Facial Cleansing Bar
Oatmeal Facial Cleansing Bar is a lovely blend of butters and oils for cleansing and nourishing the face. It features Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Rosehip Oil and creamy coconut milk for a nourishing skin finish.
Zero waste and easy to use, Megan’s third pick was another skincare gem:
“I love a low-waste product! It's also such a quick and simple product to use. It is easily applied and easily removed. Plus, it's nice and gentle on the skin, thanks to the oatmeal! A good cleansing bar is great, especially when I'm in a hurry.”
Megan had more to say about Birch Babe’s Cleansing bar here.
When Megan isn’t soothing and cleansing her skin with clean beauty products, you can find her helping others discover how a balanced, holistic life can help support mental health. Her brand, 1in5 Apparel, is an incredible company creating awareness around mental health while raising funds to support Living With Scholarship. You can find her on Instagram @MeganMentally and her website meganmentally.com and learn about 1in5 Apparel @1in5apparal.