Our skin is our largest organ, and while it doesn’t absorb everything we put on it, many chemicals used in skin care formulations, including ones that have been found to be harmful, can make their way into our bloodstream. Finding safer skincare products used to be a real challenge, but natural and organic skincare is now the fastest-growing sector of the beauty industry.
Below are some of my favorite products, and product lines.
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Skincare Retailers & Lines
Want to explore even more ultra-clean, high performing beauty products? Check out The Detox Market, an online & retail store that curates the best non-toxic skin & beauty care products available. They even have a monthly subscription service that’s perfect for product junkies who do not want to compromise on the quality of ingredients.
Credo Beauty is a one-stop-shop for all things personal care and beauty; every product has been vetted and must live up to their high standards of clean and transparently formulated products. Credo Beauty is an online & retail store that also offers a monthly subscription service for those of you who like to mix up your routine but not sacrifice ingredients or quality.
Follain is a curator and creator of clean beauty products that have been vetted prior to selling. Like other sellers in this space, they seek to highlight companies and products that are transparent about their formulations. If they ever question an ingredient, they consult the experts: dermatologists, green chemists, and members of an advisory board.
Beautycounter is an epic organization dedicated to educating, advocating, and formulating. Their products are formulated with consumer’s health in mind and also perform extremely well! I do not normally recommend direct sales companies but this one deserves a mention.
Annmarie Skincare is a personal favorite for a lot of reasons, not least of which is that the Gianni family who’s behind this line are dear friends and wonderful people. I share about their products a lot because I think they exemplify what it means to create clean, nourishing, non-toxic skincare. Come check out an interview with founder Kevin Gianni and learn more about them!
This has been my no-fuss, go-to, holy grail, ride-or-die cleanser for 15 years now. What it lacks in flashy packaging it makes up for in effectiveness and just an all around amazing gentle skin cleansing experience.
Naturopathica offers some of the best clean luxury skincare products. Everything I’ve tried from them has been swoon worthy — including this cleanser. Find Naturopathica’s products over at The Detox Market
Ursa Major’s face wash is very much like their other products: clean, simple, effective, and fairly priced. This cleanser is great if you have dull skin that needs a nice refresh!
This cleansing cream is so gentle, hydrating, and affordable! If you have particularly dry skin, sensitive skin, or just skin that needs a cleanse without the stripping or squeaky clean feeling…this cleanser could be your perfect match.
This aloe and herb cleanser is so refreshing and gentle! As with all Annmarie products, all of the ingredients used are top notch botanicals. Gently removes makeup and impurities without drying or leaving any residue. Leaves your skin feeling nourished, balanced, and soft!
Serums & Moisturizers
Vitamin C serums are notoriously unstable and can be very irritating…not this one though! 100% Pure’s vitamin C serum is formulated with lightweight aloe and is great for dullness and hyperpigmentation.
The Osea Blemish Balm is a blessing to anyone with oily skin. This formula has all sorts of lovely enzymes, oils, and extracts to make for a light-weight and oil balancing moisturizer. Because this has some citrus ingredients, it’s extra important to wear SPF! See my recommendations below for that as well.
Pai Skincare is a game-changer for any and everyone with sensitive skin. Their products are gentle, non-toxic, highly effective, and very luxurious feeling. My skin just loves this stuff.
This rich and hydrating moisturizer is packed full of wildcrafted and hand-cultivated botanicals. It’s formulated with ceramides and vitamin c to brighten and fortify your skin barrier.
This lightweight lotion that is packed with potent natural actives (like aloe, carrot, kendi, myrtle and birch) and absorbs nicely into the skin. It’s good for all skin types and
This stuff really lives up to the hype! With regular use, Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil can deeply condition skin, boosting firmness and elasticity while promoting a clear, even skin tone.
This serum is both lightweight and highly effective. The aloe vera-based formula provides active nutrients for all skin types, firming and tightening the appearance of aging skin.
Annmarie Skincare has some of the best face oils I have ever used. Grapeseed and temanu oil make for great skin-enriching and oil balancing properties. Besides, it absorbs really quick (unlike so many other face oils).
EXFOLIATORS & MASKS
MyChelle products are ultra-clean and available at Whole Foods and other natural food stores around the country, making them an easily accessible option without having to order online. They make a full line of cleansers, exfoliators, serums, moisturizers, and sun protection.
Naturopathica products are such a treat! They vet every ingredient that goes into their formulas, all of which are free of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Petroleum-derived ingredients, and many other toxic or known irritating compounds. This facial polish in particular is super gentle (no walnut scrub — they soft and uniform jojoba beads so as not to damage the dermis) and can be used as a mask as well!
This is perhaps my favorite physical exfoliant ever. This is no harsh walnut scrub. The ultra fine clay and powders create a rich exfoliant that replenishes minerals, stimulates and removes impurities. Your skin will thank you!
Another MyChelle favorite! Their chemical exfoliants are super gentle and don’t break the bank. I love that they are so accessible and formulated to be both clean and effective.
I personally love the versatility of mixing my own clay masks based on what my skin needs. This clay is great for most skin types and does a great job of reviving your skin.
Josh Rosebrook makes some of most luxe, non-toxic skincare products I’ve ever used. This hydration mask is a god-send for tired, dry skin. Pair it with his Hydrating Accelerator for the best results. This line is one of my new favorites! Find Josh’s products over at The Detox Market
I love that this mask is full of vegetables like Spirulina, Chlorella and Flax seed extract. It’s deeply nourishing and soothing for sensitive, irritated and inflamed skin. Mix with water, yogurt, manuka honey — whatever your skin needs!
This is my go-to sunscreen all year round! The first time I tried Cocokind’s SPF, I knew it was going to be a game changer for me and so many others. It’s not greasy and it blends in well with all skin tones.
A very popular sunscreen on EWG, Suntegrity has a smooth formula with a relatively light texture compared to most mineral sunscreens. That said, this does leave a very heavy white cast upon application but it usually goes away once it settles into the skin.
This lightweight serum sunscreen combines skincare and mineral sun protection. Designed by Venus Williams for people with darker skin tones and doesn’t leave a white cast!
Beautycounter’s SPF is super popular for a reason: it works well on many different skin types and skin tones! It’s very hydrating and has a skin-like dewy finish.
MyChelle makes some really reliable and accessible products — this SPF is just one of them! This SPF is especially great for sensitive skin and will work for most skin types. Can also be found at your local natural foods store.
If you have sensitive skin, natural deodorants without baking soda are a great option. I’ve used soapwalla’s deodorants for years and they work great! They also come in small travel sizes that are super convenient.
Aside from their UH-MAZING packaging and branding, this company demonstrates a clear commitment to sustainability. Their packaging is all re-useable and recyclable (which is always great). The product itself is clean, effective, and easy to use.
Herbalist formulated, non-toxic, and universally appealing scent. What’s not to love? Even better: for those of you who love to wear black, this deodorant won’t leave those chalky white streaks on your clothes!
Okay, okay — I know. I already shared one of their deodorants BUT it’s too good! This natural (and baking soda free) stick deodorant is easy to apply on-the-go and an easy transition for those who aren’t used to using cream deodorants yet. No messy application or plastic!