Skin. It’s our dance card of health that we show to the world. In today’s harsh environment, with smog and chemicals that get into our body whether we like it or not, skincare is essential. Just like clothing our skin balms, cleansers, toners, and moisturizers shouldn’t leave the planet a worse place than we left it. Below are 10 awesome products full of good nutrients for our skin that meet this criteria, and they are beloved by Beauty experts worldwide.
What it is it? A cleanser, gentle as they come. It’s a nourishing soap that is a good way to start the day and end it. Made for those with combination skin types, it’s a godsend when it comes to fighting oily skin, clogged pores, and, toxins.
What the Experts are Saying: Cult Beauty calls it “The ultimate ‘second-step’ cleanser, this heavenly-scented formula clarifies and detoxifies without stripping, to leave your face feeling refreshed, protected and glowing.”
Ethics: Tata Harper is a true farm-to-face brand. Everything is grown and bottled in her farm in Vermont. Ingredients are organic and free of everything nasty from silicones and parabens to animal testing.
What it is it? A mist fit for a Queen. This recipe comes from the 14th Century and is said to originally have been meant for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary. It’s a toner, protecting and restoring your skin with minerals from the thermal waters in Hungary.
What the Experts are Saying: Loved worldwide for it’s ability to help you get a glow. A Model Recommends, says that unlike other luxury mists this one keeps you hydrated throughout the day. It’s both gentle and healing so you’re skin will soak it up.
Ethics: The inspiration for the entire skincare line comes from the waters of Budapest’s thermal springs. Stephen and Margaret Omorovicza work with the Nobel-prize winning Hungarian Laboratory of Dermatology to utilize the healing properties of the mineral-rich water and send it out into the world. They do so as naturally as possible. The mist contains no sulfates, parabens, animal testing, or alcohols.
What it is it? A combo product that works super hard. It hydrates, tones, and moisturizes all at once. Think of it as the base of your skincare. It will speed up your morning and plump up your skin with all the good stuff it needs to stay firm and plump throughout the week.
What the Experts are Saying: Beauty Blogger Caroline Hirrons, has this in her Hall of Fame. She recommends it for that pick me up for your skin after winter, or sickness, or stress, calling it “MYGODINHEAVEN” in a bottle.
Ethics: Josh Rosebrook sources wild-grown herbs and organic ingredients for his skin-saving line. Everything is lovingly handcrafted in small batches and has zero toxicity, and no animal testing.
What it is it? A serum. With 22 active ingredients that do so much. Things like cell regeneration, anti-aging, clear and smooth skin, and a balanced completion are held within this tiny bottle. AND you only need a few drops for it to work it’s magic.
What the Experts are Saying: Oh so much. Into the Gloss called it, “the face oil to end all face oils.” Racked did a whole article on whether it was worth it. Their verdict was they bought more.
Ethics: Toxin-free, and cruelty-free and proud to be. It’s a game changing facial oil that uses organic ingredients and doesn’t have any toxins.
What it is it? Cleanser. Makeup remover. you choose. Best for sensitive skin it dissolves dirt while not striping the skin of it’s natural moisture, which is a real problem if your skin is sensitive. Maintaining the balance can be super difficult hard and finding the right product can be even harder.
What the Experts are Saying: It’s the perfect go-to cleanser if your skin is easily irritated.
Ethics: Indie Lee founded her namesake skincare brand after suffering a near fatal brain tumor. The tumor was most likely caused by environmental toxins like we inadvertently expose ourselves too everyday. Her cleansers have no toxins, no artificial ingredients, nothing chemical, no animal testing. Instead everything is natural and uses ingredients that are good for you. Like rosehip oil. Essentially your skin is in safe hands.
What it is it? A cleansing balm that lifts and plumps the skin. The star ingredient is natural moringa which is coveted for it’s tissue strengthening properties. With this cleanser, a little goes a long way so it will last.
What the Experts are Saying: Described as life changing and magic. The cleanser helps with inflammations, breakouts, redness and is a real bang for your buck.
Ethics: This product has been around since 1996, and Emma Hardie has been around even longer. She founded her natural skincare range after suffering from a debilitating illness. Her recovery journey had to be natural and so obviously the skincare ingredients had to be too. (Also, no animal testing to be found.)
What it is it? A mask, for those who love masks but don’t like the heaviness of a typical clay mask. It smooths and clears your skin after the first use.
What the Experts are Saying: This is a semi gateway drug into the world of Herbivore Botanical masks. When you put it on you can practically feel it working.
Ethics: Just the best! Herbivore Botanicals is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without gluten and silicone. They use natural ingredients that are good for your body and your skin. Some of them you would even want to eat!
What it is it? Moisturizer that gives your skin total hydration and leaves it practically pore-less. The ingredients are full of native Japanese plants like green tea, algae, and Japanese Leopard Lily that helps control oil.
What the Experts are Saying: It’s beauty sleep in a jar.
Ethics: Based in Japan,Tatcha uses natural Japanese ingredients to bring you the skincare secrets of the Geisha’s. It’s clean and free of animal-testing, sulfates, mineral oils, synthetics, and parabens.
What it is it? Moisturizer with an extra protein kick. In reduces lines, wrinkles, and sun-damage, and the best part is it pretty much starts working as soon as you put it on.
What the Experts are Saying: The best review of Drunk Elephant for me is that Leandra Medine Cohen, the founder of Man Repeller ended up investing in the company she liked their products so much.
Ethics: Drunk Elephant only uses clean ingredients, if it doesn’t benefit your skin in a healthy way it’s not used. They look at safety and bio-compatibility first and never use sulfates, parabens, perfumes, silicone, or coloring and alcohol. They are also of course, cruelty-free and support the International Elephant Foundation.
What it is it? Oil for the whole body. It packs your skin with nutrient rich antioxidants so that you wake up with soft elastic skin. It also contains vetivert, an essential oil that helps promote calm and reduce anxiety.
What the Experts are Saying: Essentially they just confirm the name. It works. The best part is how soundly you sleep when you use it and that you don’t feel greasy.
Ethics: At the heart of This Works is a 3-ingredient blend of natural botanical that work with your internal body clock to restore it’s balance. This Works also try to be as socially responsible as possible in their lab and sourcing their ingredients. They use organic and sustainable ingredient sources, don’t use nasty chemicals like parabens, and definitely don’t animal test.