Shopping Guide: Natural Skincare Products You’ll Love
There's a reason natural skincare products are rising in popularity and taking up more shelf space on mainstream beauty aisles. And the reason is wellness. You are already exposed to so many unseen chemicals and environmental pollutants every day through what you eat, drink, and breathe. It's more important than ever to take control whenever and wherever you can — and that includes what you put on your body.
From toothpaste to hair care to skincare and beyond, choosing natural ingredients for your everyday products is a good way to limit your exposure to potentially harmful elements. That said, anything described as natural skincare and even organic skincare isn't always what it appears to be.
Terms like "natural" and "organic" are not regulated by the FDA for skincare products. While many skincare brands claim to have clean, nontoxic, or organic ingredients, that might only be part of the story — there may be lots of other not-so-pure ingredients lurking inside.
Reading the entire ingredient list is the only way to know whether or not products are truly free from synthetic chemicals, fillers, preservatives, and artificial fragrances. It's also helpful to note that products labeled "organic" might only have one organic ingredient, so look for the "certified organic" label, which means it has been verified by the USDA to contain at least 95 percent organic content.
If you also care about animals, opt for beauty products marked as vegan and cruelty free to ensure they have no animal ingredients and have not been tested on animals. If there's something you're not sure about, a simple search on the Environmental Working Group database will help you make an informed decision.
Natural Skincare Products You'll Love
Now that you know the basics of choosing natural skincare products, it's time to shop and have fun. Here are some of our top picks from a range of natural beauty brands.
Natural Face Cleansers
Tata Harper: Regenerating Cleanser
This creamy face cleanser is a daily cleansing and exfoliating treatment that polishes dull, uneven, and acne-prone skin with apricot microspheres and BHA (beta hydroxy acid) from white willow bark. All ingredients are 100 percent non-GMO and 82 percent are organic ingredients.
100% Pure: Blood Orange Cleansing Balm
With a butter-like texture, this balm is safe for all skin types, but ideal for dry skin. Used as a first step in cleansing, this salve uses organic ingredients including avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil to melt away makeup, sunblock, and residue on the skin while blood orange essential oils offer a calming effect. This balm is also popular as an eye makeup remover.
Trilogy: Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream
This "age-proof" cleanser from New Zealand's top-selling skincare brand gently removes dirt, makeup, and excess oil while exfoliating and brightening the skin with active fruit enzymes from papaya and pineapple. Vitamin E from avocado and sweet almond oils keep skin soft, supple, and prepped for moisturizing.
Herbivore: Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme
Made with rosewater, aloe water, and white tea extract to moisturize, calm, and clarify skin, this fluffy cream leaves a dewy finish after application. Kukui nut oil, which is rich in linoleic acid, also helps to hydrate and balance all skin types, especially dry skin.
Ila: Face Serum for Glowing Radiance
Made in the U.K. from natural ingredients sourced around the world, this serum uses rosewater, argan oil, and white lily stem cells to rejuvenate and hydrate skin, plus reduce fine lines.
Feel Beauty: Bright Daily Squalane + Facial Oil Blend
This vegan oil blend will feel like a luxurious indulgence, but it's all you need for your daily moisturizing skincare routine. A combination of 11 all-natural ingredients including plant-based squalane and skin-clearing rosehip oil, this hydrating yet lightweight face oil is a must for all skin types ranging from dry skin and mature skin to oily skin and acne-prone skin. It can also be used as a nourishing eye cream to soothe tired eyes.
Natural Face Masks
Eminence Organics: Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Just a few drops of water is all it takes to emulsify this organic face mask into a skin-plumping, pore-cleansing, ultra-hydrating treatment that smells good enough to eat. Strawberry acts as a natural cleanser and skin brightener, rhubarb is a pore-tightening astringent, and emollients such as shea butter, grape seed oil, and botanical hyaluronic acid leave skin looking soft and hydrated. Suitable for all skin types, this mask is also rich in minerals and vitamin C to fight the signs of aging.
Sand & Sky: Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
You'll swear you're having a day at the spa when you treat your face to this deeply purifying mask that detoxes, tones, and brightens skin with natural ingredients from Australia. Suitable for all skin types, the pink Australian clay draws out impurities while antioxidants from pomegranate and mangosteen act as an anti-aging boost to spur cell turnover and reveal a brighter, smoother complexion.
Juice Beauty: Green Apple Peel Sensitive Exfoliating Mask
This mask exfoliates, brightens, and reduces the appearance of dark spots, discolorations, and uneven skin tone with natural fruit acids derived from organic green apples. This slightly tingly treatment is good for most skin types, but the combination of glycolic acid and alpha/beta hydroxy fruit acids are not suited for those with very sensitive skin or rosacea.
Natural Lip Balms
Pacifica: Pineapple Splash Lip Balm
If you like pina coladas...this luscious-smelling color-free balm is like a tropical treat for your lips anytime of day. Vegan and cruelty-free, it's filled with nourishing coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, and jojoba seed oil, plus stevia for just a touch of sweetness.
RMS Beauty: Lip & Skin Balm
This multi-tasking salve is made with certified organic ingredients and comes in two subtle yet soothing scents — Simply Vanilla and Simply Cocoa. Lightweight yet deeply hydrating, it keeps lips soft and can also be used as an eye cream, cuticle softener, or balm for any areas that need a little TLC.
Feel: Pure Anywhere Balm
If you only need one lip balm, this is it. Made with castor seed oil and other hydrating ingredients, this luscious balm comes in four shades that suit any occasion — cherry, which you can also use on cheeks for a glowy red hue; rose, a lovely muted tone for everyday wear; coral, which gives a peachy radiance to every skin tone; and the classic tint-free version that nourishes while letting your own natural lip color shine through.
You're a Natural Beauty
Using natural skincare products from trustworthy brands is a great way to clean up your skincare routine and protect yourself from potentially harmful chemicals. With so many environmental pollutants and other stresses you encounter on a daily basis, it's essential that self-care becomes part of your lifestyle.
Whether it's drinking green tea and listening to soothing music or treating yourself to a luxurious face mask while watching your favorite show, taking care of yourself will not only help you look better, but more importantly, it will help you feel better.