Trying to improve your inner and outer glow? Then it’s time to amp up your skincare routine by stripping down to the bare basics.
As the body’s largest organ, the skin serves as a protective barrier and prevents harmful bacteria and infection from entering our bodies. Which means we need to nurture and love our skin to keep it looking smooth, supple, and healthy.
And when it comes to skincare, less is actually best.
However, it's not always easy to find skincare products that don’t contain over ten or twenty unpronounceable ingredients. And it’s even harder to find ones that are organic, cruelty-free, and vegan.
But taking the time to find products without harmful chemicals and unnecessary additives is an essential part of creating a healthy skincare routine. When you have more ingredients in a skincare product, you increase the likelihood of having an allergic reaction or irritation. Plus, when you have fewer ingredients, you’ll get the full potency, effect, and benefit of each one. So ditch the fillers and check out how each of these clean products works for each step of your skincare routine:
Want healthy and glowing skin? Then don’t skip a daily cleanse! Using a cleanser each day can really help your skin’s environment flourish. Make sure you choose a gentle cleanser with minimal, yet high-quality, ingredients. The ones below are clean, vegan, and won’t break the bank.
Honey Belle’s makeup remover and cleansing oil only contains three simple, effective ingredients: organic cold-pressed sweet almond oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E. Almond oil works to remove impurities from your skin, while lavender oil and vitamin E calm and soothe skin.
The face wash from this new GQ-recommended men’s care brand is made with aloe leaf juice, aqua-cacteen, bamboo powder, fruit enzyme complex, and glycerin. These ingredients deep clean, exfoliate, calm, and moisturize your skin. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, aloe leaf juice hydrates skin and reduce acne. Acqua-cacteen calms irritated skin and bamboo powder and glycerin help keep your skin supple and bouncy. Lastly, the fruit enzyme complex works to smooth your skin.
Toning is an important part of skincare and making it a part of your regular routine can help you control excess oil, remove dirt build-up, and create a more hydrated and balanced complexion.
With just three ingredients—organic rose water, witch hazel extract, and rosewood essential oil—this serum promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pores, scarring, the formation of acne and blackheads, and rejuvenate the skin. Rosewater helps your skin maintain a healthy pH and reduces the formation of oil, while witch hazel reduces pore size and soothes the skin. Rosewood essential oil contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties that inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in a gentle way.
It’s important to keep your skin hydrated for a few reasons. Skin serves as your body’s protective barrier to stave off infection, so if it becomes dry and cracked, it has a greater susceptibility to obtaining harmful toxins. Additionally, hydrated and supple skin can reduce early signs of aging and eczema. So it is essential to make moisturizing a key part of your daily skincare routine, which you can do with these two clean moisturizers.
Centered around sustainability and simplicity, S.W. Basics skincare products are handmade with organic, natural ingredients from family farms. Strip down to earth-derived elements and try out their moisturizer. It’s made with organic fair trade shea butter, organic coconut oil, and organic olive oil. The shea butter is a crucial component for softening skin, coconut oil contains antimicrobial ingredients that protect your skin from bad bacteria, and olive oil contains antioxidants that can help prevent signs of aging.
Huron offers a stellar moisturizer for men who want to keep their skin looking and feeling hydrated and smooth. Their vegan face lotion is lightweight, reduces oil shine, and hydrates the skin. It contains glycerin, micro-algae extract, pentavitin, silica, and sodium hyaluronate. Not sure what these actually do for your skin? Well, glycerin and pentavitin prevent dry skin, micro-algae extract draws impurities out of the skin, silica serves as an anti-inflammatory, and sodium hyaluronate reduces wrinkles.
Picture this: a giant bubble bath, scented candles, bath bombs, and a really good face mask. Sound familiar? Whether you like to use masks during your weekly self-care night, or you like to keep them on hand for whenever your skin feels like it needs some love, Buddy Scrub has a great selection for you. Like moisturizers, most masks on the market are flooded with chemicals. However, Buddy Scrub makes one of the few that aren’t.
As a natural, cruelty-free, vegan skincare line that specializes in exfoliating, nourishing, and moisturizing the skin, Buddy Scrub provides products that are both versatile and effective. Helping to calm irritated and dry skin and draw out impurities, the active ingredients in their Green Tea Mask leaves skin feeling clean and clear. The mask contains only two ingredients: kaolin (white clay), which removes dead skin cells and cleanses the skin, and camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf powder, which is an antioxidant that reduces the severity of sun damage.
Sometimes you need a boost midway through the day. Whether you’re having a tough week at work, just exercised, or simply want to freshen up, face mists can be just the thing you need for a clarifying refresher.
Pura Botanicals, a plant-based luxury beauty brand, saves the day with their Rosemary Clarifying Mist. Following the “in pure, we trust” mantra, they offer a face mist containing distilled water, tea tree leaf oil, rosemary leaf oil, and lemongrass oil. This mist is your one-stop shop, serving as an antiseptic, while minimizing the appearance of pores, stimulating cell renewal, and soothing various skin conditions, such as dermatitis, eczema, and acne. The tea tree oil works as an antibacterial and antifungal mechanism, rosemary leaf oil protects your skin from sun damage and fights premature aging, and lemongrass oil gives the mist its fresh scent.
The Pura Botanicals team suggests using the mist daily over makeup, as well as misting your bedroom pillowcases between washes to prevent breakouts and boost the immune system.
It’s no secret that water is the magic liquid when it comes to skin health. Lifestyle blog, Well+Good, notes that staying hydrated reduces inflammation and improves circulation while flushing harmful toxins out of the body. Pair adequate hydration with a good quality moisturizer and you’ve got a winning combination.
So if you’re ready to let out your natural glow, swing by Fourpost in Mall of America to pick up some of these clean products and step up your skincare game for good.