Taking care of your skin is important at every age, and increases in importance as you get older. Trying out new beauty products can be fun. However, over the years, I have found that some brands are better than others. Brands that are “clean beauty brands” are those that focus on the climate, being sustainable, packaging responsibly, and giving back to the environment. They are also brands that sell products formulated without phthalates, formaldehyde, oxybenzone, and more. In short, they are products that are not only non-toxic for your skin and body but are also environmentally friendly. Some of my favorite clean beauty brands include Beauty Counter, Honest and Drunk Elephant.
The mission at Beauty Counter is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. There are so many ingredients that are currently banned in the EU but are for some reason allowed for use in the United States. Beauty Counter has a team of experts who carefully vet each and every ingredient used in their products. Whenever I purchase a new beauty product from Beauty Counter, I know it will not only be effective, but it will also be safe. Beauty Counter also goes above and beyond in its sustainable packaging. A brand that is friendly to my health and friendly to the environment is definitely a winner. Below are a few of my favorite Beauty Counter products.
Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel
What it is: This is a multi-acid complex that exposes the skin to both AHA and BHAs, helping to improve skin texture and clarity. Glycolic acid, malic acid, and pla
nt-derived lactic acid help to clear out dead skin cells without over-drying the skin. It can be used 2-4 times per week. However, it is better to start with less use and increase over time as your skin adjusts to the product.
Cost: $65 for 1 fl oz
Countermatch Refresh Foaming Cleanser
What it is: This product is a gentle yet effective cleanser that can be used every day for beaming skin. The cleanser starts creamy, then foams once water is added. Made from squalane, plum oil, and phytic acid, this cleanser keeps the skin clean while also keeping it moisturized.
Cost: $52 for 5 fl oz
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen
What it is: I love that Beauty Counter has both a mist and lotion version of their sunscreen. As all my beauty junkies know, the best way to prevent wrinkles and stay looking young is by using sunscreen daily. This SPF 30 sunscreen is not only effective, but it is water-resistant, does not leave skin oily, and is a physical sunscreen that deflects the sun’s rays.
Cost: $39 for 6.7 fl oz lotion or $36 for 6 fl oz spray
The Honest Company is 100% cruelty-free clean beauty designed by Jessica Alba herself. All products are made from naturally derived ingredients that are good for your health and the environment. There is no reason you should have to choose between quality products that work and quality products that are healthy for your body. Fortunately, The Honest Company makes it easy to find both at a fair price. Below are some of my favorite clean beauty products from Honest.
Pollution Solution Purifying Toner
What It Is: This alcohol-free toner helps to balance skin while defending against the pollution that is in the air no matter where you live. Made with Sea Water, zinc PCA, and microalgae extract, this toner is the perfect addition to your skincare routine regardless of skin type.
Cost: $17.99 for 4 fl oz
Depuff +C Eye Cream
What It Is: This lightweight eye cream is perfect for those days you feel extra tired. Daisy flower extract, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid help to brighten your under-eye area and make you look well-rested every day.
Cost: $23.99 for 0.5 fl oz
3-In-1 Detox Mud Mask
What It Is: Everyone needs a good face mask and the 3-In-1 Detox Mud Mask is one of my favorites. This detox mud mask contains activated charcoal to help draw out impurities and oil. Use this mask two times a week and leave it on for 10-15 minutes at a time for optimal results.
Cost: $19.99 for 2.8 fl oz
Drunk Elephant strongly believes in listening to your skin. While everyone’s skin has unique needs, Drunk Elephant believes 6 ingredients are key in helping most skin problems, and there are 6 ingredients that are key in causing most skin problems. Their unique philosophy and fun packaging have gained them lots of popularity in recent years. Below are a few of my favorites.
C-Firma Fresh Day Serum
What It Is: Vitamin C is one of the most important ingredients for a bright and healthy complexion. This 15% vitamin C serum acts as an antioxidant that can be used on any skin type. Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, evening-out texture, and increasing elasticity are some of this product’s major benefits.
Cost: $78 for 0.94 fl oz
Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides
What It Is: A nourishing moisturizer made from 6 African oils and plant-based ceramides. This moisturizer helps to restore the skin’s barrier and is perfect as we head into winter.
Cost: $60 per 1.69 fl oz
A-Passioni Retinol Cream
What It Is: Everyone needs a retinol cream they can trust in their skincare routine. This cream contains 1% vegan retinol and helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles while boosting collagen production.
Cost: $74 per 1 fl oz