Only five years ago, my approach to "sustainable beauty" involved using apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse and DIY'ing my own coconut oil moisturizer. If my routine has since changed, it's not because my overarching ethos has. Instead, I have to give credit to an ever-evolving beauty market that is profoundly different—and profoundly better.
There are more beauty brands than ever before that incorporate an eco-conscious MO—a commitment to do better. That might be through sustainable packaging, organic ingredients, ethical manufacturing standards, or, in many cases, all of the above. What's telling is that these brands no longer have the same kind of crunchy-granola, DIY-leaning connotations that they used to. They're luxurious, they're Instagram-ready, they're highly effective, and they're cool.
These are the products that populate my vanity these days, so it only felt right to share my five favorite sustainable skincare products in our latest episode of Just Five Things. Watch below to learn about my picks, and keep scrolling to shop them, too.
While the Detox Night Cream I mention in the video is currently only available in Australia, any of Grown Alchemist's night creams make for worthy alternatives. This regenerating cream is also chock-full of collagen-building peptides, as well as violet leaf extract, which helps clarify skin tone.
Touted as an herbal alternative to retinoids, this formula contains pumpkin enzymes, which gently but effectively resurface and regenerate the skin. I use it three times a week to maintain a bright and even complexion.
The beauty of jojoba oil is that while this particular formula is described as "hair medicine," it's versatile enough to use on my skin as well. Research shows that jojoba is an effective anti-inflammatory ingredient and an incredible moisturizer and can even enhance the absorption of other skincare products. I love using it on my split ends as well, and I'm addicted to La Tierra Sagrada's signature palo santo scent.
Several makeup artists I respect swear by this luxurious face mist, and it's been a staple in my routine for years. (For what it's worth, I've been working on the same bottle for a very long time.) Aside from the luscious jasmine scent, this mist also contains anti-inflammatory witch hazel. The plump, dewy finish it gives my skin after makeup is unrivaled.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: This stuff is magic. The high-quality blend of botanical oils (and caffeine crystals!) never fails to brighten and revitalize my complexion, even after a late night out.
Curious about the rest of my beauty routine? Check out some of the other products I use on a daily basis.