Del Brown Approved!

The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!


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Hi del,Im male just turned 30,have combination/sensitive skin,was just wondering,I use the Elemis sensitive cleanser and toner ATM,I cleanse twice then I use the Elemis cleansing balm just to make sure my skin is really clean then I tone and moisturise,is this correct?thank you for your help!

I’m concerned you are cleaning your skin far too often.  I wouldn’t advise washing your skin twice with your face wash, then following it with a cleansing balm.  Sensitive skin require delicate attention.  Your body produces natural oils on the skin which is healthy and normal. You don’t want to strip the skin of oil, as you may cause your sebaceous glands to go into over drive and produce more oil to compensate.

I would suggest you pull back on the frequency of your cleansing. Use a gentle face wash, be that a liquid gel wash, cream or balm.  Then apply your moisturiser of choice.  I’d suggest using a gentle moisturiser that is suitable for combination/sensitive skin.

I personally would not suggest you need use a toner.  Toners are designed to rebalance the pH levels of your skin, following application of product and water, which may have upset the balance.  It is true that within hours, the body would naturally rebalance the pH levels of the skin on its own.  My issue with a lot of toners on the market is, that as well as rebalancing the pH levels, they often also contain synthetic colourings, perfumes and  preservatives, which themselves can cause upset and irritation to the skin.  Toners also claim to close and refine open pores.  My tip, splash your face with cold water after you’ve cleansed the skin.  This will naturally help to close open pores, reduce redness and help calm the skin.

So, I recommend using a gentle cleanser which doesn’t upset the pH level too radically in the first place, then follow with a good natural moisturiser.  Ultimately trying to achieve a balanced equilibrium on the skin, which will allow the skin to settle, remaining calm and clear.

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Hi Del, I’ve recently switched to an SLS-free lifestyle on your advice but I have some itchy skin stubbornly remaining in certain small patches on my sides – it does feel slightly dry so can you recommend a good body moisturiser? Is there anything I should be worried about when it comes to the usual high street brands? I want something with as little fuss, hassle and ‘girliness’ as possible!

Now that you’ve eliminated the SLS (skin irritant) and other harsh chemicals from your washing routine, its time to address the dry patches on your skin that are themselves causing irritation.  As your brief is “as little fuss, hassle and ‘girliness’ as possible!”, I’m going to recommend body lotions that are rich in natural moisturisers, practical in delivery method and as non girly in fragrance as I can find.

A’Kin Unscented Body Moisturiser

Green People Neutral Scent Free Hand & Body Lotion

JASON Aloe Vera Hand & Body Lotion

Neal’s Yard Calendula & Oat Body Lotion


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Hello Del, could you recommend a face wash for acne prone adult skin? I never had spots as a teenager but as I head towards being 30, I constantly battle with spots on my face. Similarly I suffer from folliculites around my body, particularly my arms and back, what would the best skin wash be to help calm down any flare ups? Thanks, mike

The cause of acne and spots can be vast, hormones, oily skin, stress, bad diet.  So let us at least try to create an equilibrium and balance with the skin, to help calm down and ultimately stop the flare ups.

I’m going to recommend four facial cleansing products.  All of them are SLS free, don’t contain harsh ingredients, synthetic colours, preservatives or foaming agents.  They do however contain gentle soothing ingredients that your irritated and inflamed skin should respond well to.

REN Clear Calm Clarifying Cleanser

Green People Oy! Foaming Anti Bacterial Face Wash

Neal’s Yard Palmarosa Purifying Facial Wash

A’Kin Pure Facial Cleansing Gel

As for recommending a skin wash that won’t aggravate folliculitis, you absolutely want to ensure your skin wash is SLS and harsh ingredient free. Those ingredients are skin irritants and best avoided.

A’kin very gentle unscented body wash

JASON Fragrance Free Body Wash

Green People Neutral Scent Free Shower Gel

Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel


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Dear Del Brown Approved – what would be a good anti-dandruff shampoo? I keep on trying organic stuff but nothing seems to work!

Dandruff can be caused by a plethora of different reasons. It can be due to a dry scalp caused by the ingredients in your shampoo, stripping your hair and scalp of its natural oils, causing irritation and flaky skin. It could be due to skin irritation from hair products such as hair gel, moose or spray. There may be ingredients within them that are irritating your scalp. Stress, washing your hair too frequently, or infrequently, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema are all possible causes of dandruff.

I’d suggest we start with the basics. I’d recommend trying a good natural shampoo, which does not contain SLS or other harsh scalp irritating ingredients. Be aware, when changing products, you must allow time to get use. If you’ve used a supermarket cheap shampoo all your life, the day you try a different brand, you may not like it to start off with. The oil glands in your skin will have to re-adjust from what ever you were last using.

So, specifically aimed at targeting dandruff, here are my recommendations:

Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo

The Green People Irritated Scalp Shampoo

Organic Homme 10 Itch Away Shampoo

Weleda Wheat Balancing Shampoo

Lavera Cornflower anti-Dandruff Shampoo


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Dear Del, in the mornings or after showers I sometimes suffer from dry skin on my face, around the forehead and nose in particular. Could you recommend a bedtime routine or face/wash and moisturiser that could help stop this problem? Many thanks

Check out the ingredients in your current face wash, there may be something in it that is stripping and drying out your skin?  I’m going to recommend some SLS free face washes. SLS’s are known skin irritants and are also drying.

Neals Yard Purifying Face Wash

Pukka Organic Rosewater & Green Tea Gentle Cleanser

Gamila Secret Original Cleansing Bar

Intelligent Nutrients Anti Aging Cleanser

The moisturisers I’m recommending don’t contain any parabens, petrochemicals, PEG’s, synthetic fragrances or colours. These will help to hydrate and sooth your dry skin.

Neals Yard Rejuvenating Moisturiser

Neals Yard Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture

Pukka Nourishing Night Cream

Intelligent Nutrients Anti Aging Moisture

A’Kin PureMan 24 hour Moisturiser


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Hello Del, I currently work shift work and find myself very tiered and missing vital vitamins. I started using Wellman Vitamins but i’m aware these are often full of unnecessary chemicals, could you recommend something that would help me feel energised or give me my vital vitamin C / D and Iron etc? Thanks, David

I can’t comment on the Wellman vitamins as I haven’t used or checked out their ingredients.  But I have both used and checked out the ingredients of MoreEPA Fish Oil Capsules and Viridian Multi Vitamin and mineral formula.

When it comes to cod liver oil or fish oil supplements, the thing you really need to look for is a high EPA and DPA per capsule. Also be mindful of capsules that require you to consume 2, 3 sometimes even 4 capsules per day, in order to be consuming the daily recommended dose.

As for vitamins, avoid the cheap supermarket own brands particularly. These tend to contain lots of fillers and low grade, low percentage vitamins.  The Viridian range is also vegan and vegetarian approved.


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Hi Del, I have an issue with very itchy skin on the sides of my torso and lower back – on the sides I have this every day when I wake up and occasionally at other times. I sometimes have a very slight red rash but usually it looks fairly normal. My sister has bad psoriasis but I do not. I use Pantenne 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner and usually a Dove body wash or some other common brand shower gel. I use an ecoegg for laundry but I don’t use any other products on my body. Any tips?

This can be a tricky one to pin down. Consider the ingredients in your current shampoo, conditioner, body wash and even as far as to what you wash your laundry in.

You seem to be using a good laundry product, which is mainly bicarbonate of soda. Your current hair washing product and shower gel may be harboring the culprit.  People with sensitive skin may react to sodium laureth sulfate or sulphates in general as these are chemical foaming agents which are known skin irritants.  You may find that dry skin is the cause of your irritated and itchy skin, so products that contain moisturising ingredients could be of benefit.

I’m going to recommend three hair and body products that are SLS free. They also contain less chemical irritating ingredients all round.  Try some of these for a couple of weeks and see how your skin responds.

SLS free Shampoo:

Jason Aloe Vera Moisturising Shampoo

Green People Daily Aloe Shampoo

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo

SLS free Conditioner:

Jason Aloe Vera Moisturising Conditioner

Green People Daily Aloe Conditioner

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner

SLS free body products:

Jason Aloe Vera Body Wash

Green People Daily Aloe Vera Body Wash

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Body Wash