The push toward using natural beauty products and consequently, the natural beauty industry, is growing. Now more than ever before, consumers can vote with their money and choose safe and healthy alternatives for their beauty products. The skin is the largest of our organs and absorbs more than 50% of what we put on it. As such, as mindful consumers we need to be aware, and critical, of any products we use on our skin. Largely, we need to steer clear of beauty products which list any of these in their ingredients: phthalates, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol. For a more comprehensive list of toxic chemicals used in the beauty industry, visit the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skindeep Database which lists skincare products according to their toxicity.

A basic skin care routine includes a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen. Scrubs, serums and masks may be considered ‘nice-to-have’ additions, although some skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, enlarged pores or acne may make them essentials for some people.

Here is a compilation of safe and non-toxic skin care products to suit different budgets:

Cleanser:

 Odacite Rejuvenating Cleanser A creamy cleanser containing organic plant extracts, fresh aloe vera, cold-pressed oils and floral water.

100% Pure Organic Cucumber Juice Facial Cleansing Foam A gentle foaming facial cleanser that soothes and hydrates with cucumber juice, rose hydrosol, and green tea.

 Acure Facial Cleansing Creme A super-gentle creamy cleanser containing organic olive oil, Moroccan argan oil, and antioxidants like rosehips.

Scrub:

 Tammy Fender Epi-peel This scrub gently and efficiently removes the accumulation of dead surface cells, as it brightens and polishes the skin with rosemary and purifying clay.

 Aster & Bay Dandelion Face Grains This all-natural scrub contains a blend of delicate botanical exfoliants chosen for their unique anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.

 Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub Natural fruit enzymes, jojoba beads, and refined bamboo stem powder gently polish the skin without irritating or tearing the surface.  

Toner:

 Vered Herb Infused Toner A blend of soothing, antibacterial and antifungal herbs that soothe and balance skin, leaving skin hydrated and calm.

 S.W. Basics Toner Organic raw apple cider vinegar helps even skin tone and neutralizes pH.

 Glossier Soothing Face Mist Gentle and natural skin soother with rose water that helps skin attract and retain moisture.

Serum:

 Arcona Gentle Solution Gentle nighttime treatment for dry and sensitive skin repairs resurfaces skin with gentle natural exfoliants lactic and glycolic acid.

 Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum Exfoliates the skin, improving the appearance of sun-damaged, aging skin.

 Acure Radical Resurfacing Treatment Restores balance and surface tone to skin while protecting against free radical damage.

Moisturizer:

 Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream An anti-aging cream that soothes, nurtures, and moisturizes skin with squalene oil and hyaluronic acid.

 Living Libations Rose Glow Face Creme A soothing, hydrating blend of healing botanicals and anti-inflammatory rose

 Aubrey Organics EveryDay Basics Moisturizer A replenishing daily moisturizer with argan oil and aloe vera.

Mask:

 May Lindstrom The Problem Solver This intense correcting mask purifies and tightens pores, with anti-inflammatory antioxidants like cacao, charcoal and warming spices.

 Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask An instant solution for dull skin – delivers instant glow, minimizes the appearance of pores and improves texture using fruit enzymes and pink clay.

 Mountain Rose Herbs Kaolin Clay This cosmetic clay helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it.

Sunscreen:

 ColoreScience Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 This powder mineral sunscreen offers everyday broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and allows for simple re-application throughout the day.

 Pratima Neem Rose Sunscreen SPF 30 This sunscreen combines organic botanicals of neem, Shatavari and rose with Zinc Oxide to protect against UV rays.

 Andalou Naturals Beauty Balm SPF 30 An antioxidant-rich BB cream with broad spectrum protection to defend against UVA/UVB rays.