Skincare That’s Good For You—And the Planet

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If you’re like us, you’ve put some serious thought into your skincare routine. It’s not an obligation to research ingredients, scour product reviews, and keep up with all the best new product launches—it’s a bona fide passion. If you really want to go the extra mile, though, it’s time to consider how your favorite products affect the environment, too. But with so much conflicting information out there, it can be tough to separate fact and fiction.

That’s why we paired up with Ulta Beauty, who’s paving the way when it comes to providing more choices and education for their guests. Their new Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty™ platform makes it easier to shop what matters most to you. Every product falls into one or more of the following pillars: Clean Ingredients, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Sustainable Packaging, and Positive Impact, described below. These are just a few of many Conscious Beauty at Ulta Beauty™ skincare products.  Check out products anytime at

And—bonus!—there’s no better time to shop. As part of Ulta Beauty’s Love Your Skin event, many of these game-changing products are on sale and available for pickup via Ulta Beauty’s curbside pickup service.

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Products certified as having Clean Ingredients are made without parabens, phthalates, and other ingredients within Ulta Beauty’s Made Without List. One of our favorites: TULA Face Filter Primer will give you a fresh-faced, vacation-worthy glow. Its cocktail of chia, turmeric, licorice, and probiotics reverse redness and uneven texture, brighten hyperpigmentation, and give the skin a radiant glow. Use it alone or as a prep step for flawless makeup application.

TULA Face Filter Primer
TULA Face Filter Primer $54


Because we love our furry friends: Products with the “Cruelty Free” certification don’t participate in animal testing and follow standards set by organizations like PETA, Leaping Bunny, or Choose Cruelty Free. Dermalogica Active Moist, a light moisturizer that still packs a serious punch, fits the bill. It features a prebiotic moisture complex that helps rebalance your skin’s microflora for a stronger, healthier complexion. Lemon and burdock extracts also smooth any texture concerns while cucumber extract soothes and hydrates.

Dermalogica Active Moist
Dermalogica Active Moist $42


Whether you follow a vegan diet or just prefer your beauty products without animal products, by-products, or derivatives, you won’t find ingredients like honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, and gelatin in this group. So what is in Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum, one of our go-to vegan products? Peach extract is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to strengthen the skin; niacinamide reduces inflammation; yam extract targets dry skin and flakiness; three distinct sizes of hyaluronic acid moisturize within every layer of the skin; and a peptide complex tells your complexion to amp up collagen production to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum $39


From sheet masks to single-use plastic containers, it’s no secret that our beauty routines create a lot of waste. That’s why brands in this category are committed to doing their part to cut down on it: Packaging must be at least 50 percent recycled or bio-sourced, recyclable, or refillable to be certified as having sustainable packaging. We love that Kinship Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Exfoliating Pads don’t just unclog our pores and give us a dewy glow, thanks to glycolic acid and manuka honey. They’re also compostable. Plus, the jar they come in is crafted from recycled Ocean Waste Plastic and other post-consumer recycled materials.

Kinship Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Exfoliating Pads
Kinship Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Exfoliating Pads $24


Of course, there are ways to affect environmental change that don’t involve what’s in—or not in—our products. When you purchase brands highlighted within “Positive Impact”, you can feel good that they help others through donation programs, community involvement, or charitable contributions. Juice Beauty champions organic farming and supports Breast Cancer Prevention Partners in their mission to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation. The fact that their Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment, a blend of fruit stem cells and vitamin C, will dramatically brighten and plump your eye area is just a (huge) bonus.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment $50