Super sensitive skin can be a real downer. It seems like everything from a scented lotion to the tiniest drop of an abrasive ingredient can set your skin on a downward spiral of redness, breakouts, and bumps. Finding pure, organic, unscented skincare that is actually effective for slowing the signs of aging, protecting skin, and balancing skin can seem downright impossible.. Well fret no more!
The quest for effective, skin perfecting beauty products is tough enough as it is, but throw in some stringent criteria for natural ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a doozy.
Enter: Earthwise Beauty, a potent and effective skincare line made from food-grade quality organic, natural ingredients, herbs, and essential oils. And I have to say, I’m pretty obsessed.
The healing and balancing power of gemstones and crystals has long been a part of holistic and alternative practices. From placing them on specific parts of the body, to using them as meditative tools, to more esoteric practices, gemstones are rife with potent spiritual and healing energy. So we got really excited to see that this energy is being harnessed into wonderful holistic, organic skincare products by Gemstone Organic!
We’ve long been obsessed with all the amazingness that is argan oil here at The Organic Beauty. It’s healing and hydrating benefits are unparalleled, and it makes for a phenomenal and versatile treatment for skin, hair, even cuticles!
Though we’ve been staunch advocates of the oil face wash method for a few years now, it took the power of argan oil and a little company out of North Carolina called Goldenseal Wellness to convince us that there could be another option.
Enter the lathering, soothing, healing and hydrating Artisanal Argan Cleanser with Eucalyptus. Made with a base of hand-milled, small batch Moroccan argan oil, with the addition of some extra healing ingredients, this cleanser is deep cleansing without over-drying, and deeply hydrating without making your skin oily. After cleansing, skin feels super clean and fresh, without that tight, dry feel you get after using most other face washes. We can totally see this becoming a summer skincare staple in our home!
I admit it, I’m a sucker for a good scrub. But with sensitive, oily skin, many scrubs out there are too rough, or just not substantial enough to give me what I need. So I was particularly pumped to discover Buff Her, a positively delicious line of organic, food-based face scrubs.
The Sea of Galilee has long had a reputation for benefits to beauty, health, and even spirit. The volcanic thermal springs and mineral rich waters from this mythical body of water and it’s surroundings make for an intensely healing base for an amazing line of natural skincare products, especially when combined with raw, plant-based ingredients. This is Lavido, and I have been falling more and more in love with this line every day that I’ve used it!
Starting with the Gentle Exfoliator Cream, with cold-pressed pomegranate seed oil, lemon, and macadamia nut, which smells heavenly, and delivers beautiful exfoliation paired with deep hydration, renewal and brightening. Followed by the Alert Eye Cream, with plant-based hyaluronic acid, cold-pressed avocado oil, and citrus oils that keeps eyes looking younger, more awake, and totally de-puffed in a light, creamy formula. And, of course, my favorite, the Invigorating Facial Serum, with cold-pressed evening primrose oil, frankincense and rose hip that prevents aging, deeply hydrates skin, and I kid you not, smells like aromatherapy heaven.
Not only are these beautiful products clinically proven to work wonders on your skin, they’re also lovingly concocted with the utmost attention to detail. Every ingredient is chosen for maximum benefit (and of course, the crucial olfactory element). My skincare routine has taken on a heavenly spa-like feel with these luxurious beauties. I can’t wait to try out the whole line!
In a marketplace now getting flooded with amazing natural and organic beauty products, men often get the short end of the stick. The ingredient-conscious man is relegated either to using flowery, feminine products or spending tons of time seeking out one of the few high-quality natural men’s product lines out there. Well, Brickell Men’s Products is here to change that.
My mantra when it comes to skincare is: If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face.
Now, obviously I can’t stay true to this all of the time (sometimes a pimple requires a bit stronger action), and I’m certainly not advocating eating your face wash. But making sure that everything you put on your skin is natural, and preferably organic, leads to not just radiant, glowing skin, but a healthy and balanced body.
I’m happy to say that at this point, about 90% of my skincare routine is pretty much good enough to eat! And a lot of that is thanks to the amazing natural beauty line, Botanic Organic. I’ve been using their line of all natural, unrefined products for a few months now, and I have to say, I’m obsessed. Best of all, the whole line is totally affordable, so you don’t have to pay and arm and a leg for high quality, natural products!
A weird thing started happening when I reached my 30’s: Instead of layering on the anti-aging products and slathering on more makeup to simulate my teenage skin, I found myself opting for a much more natural makeup look and and a more simplified beauty routine. Gone are my black rimmed eyes and foundations. No more do I turn to multi-step systems with harsh cleansers, gels and creams. And guess what? Not only does my skin look way better than it did when I was 20, but I also feel way more confident that the products I do use are going to actually improve the health and quality of my skin, in addition to its appearance.
One of my icons in this transition has been Gwyneth Paltrow, who has long been the face of fresh-skinned, glowing, natural beauty. You’ll seldom see her walking the red carpet with a heavy, done-up look. She’ll typically focus on one area of her face to emphasize for a more dramatic look (bold lips, with muted eyes; or smoky eyes with a nude lips), but more often than not, she’s seen about town with gorgeous, natural-looking eyes, a peachy blush, and some lip gloss. The epitome of natural gorgeousness.
I’ve taken a few pages from GP’s book in creating my daily skin care regimen. Check out my 6 daily steps to getting that natural, gorgeous glow:
Sunscreen is one of those problematic areas of natural beauty: on one hand, you need it to prevent skin damage, cancer, and premature aging; on the other hand, most commercial sunscreens actually do more damage than good, by soaking harmful, hormone-discrupting, and carcinogenic chemicals (like oxybenzone and homosalate) into your skin!
Thankfully, the natural beauty has finally caught up with demand, and there are now lots of great mineral sunscreens on the market that offer up all the protection you need, without the damaging side effects. Mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can be found in our top picks below, alongside some awesome, potent ingredients that your skin will love! Of course, all the products we recommend are paraben-free and cruelty-free.