The Best Cleansers, Lotions, Eye Cream and More
Natural skin care is hugely popular. We watch what we put into our bodies, so we should be concerned with what we put on our bodies. Studies back this up—we need to at least care about the ingredients in our skin care products, because skin is highly absorbent.
But it seems like natural skincare out there today is a dime a dozen, which means plenty of things fly under the radar of even the most thorough beauty editors. There are even products that are loved but just don't make the cut for the article. Each of these picks comes highly recommended by users who have reviewed them. You'll find cleansers, moisturizers, makeup remover, and even deodorant in this list.
Best Facial Moisturizer: Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream
Dr. Hauschka makes lovely organic, natural products that are carried in many major organic food stores and groceries. I particularly love the Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Bath Essence the Quince Day Cream, and the Rose Day Cream, which is used on the face to moisturize and protect against harsh elements like the wind, furnace heat and environmental pollution.
Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castile Classic Soaps
There's never a reason to spend a ton of money on a soap for the shower because it only stays on your body for a short amount of time.
That said, if you are careful about putting only organic, natural, good-for-your-skin-and-your-insides products on your skin, than you can't go wrong with Dr. Bronner's castille soaps. They are biodegradable, vegetable-based (derived from hemp), organic, USDA-certified and fair-trade certified.
I have found that this soap is a staple in all hippie houses and hippies know best when it comes to certain organic products, I like to think. Choose from many fragrances including almond, rose, citrus, and peppermint. I like the lavender version, which smells great and leaves me tingly clean.
This is the kind of product you wonder why people are so excited about, until you use it. It seems there is some form of CBD or hemp oil in everything nowadays, so it's easy to discount it. But Cannuka's eye balm undeniably works, and is the best remedy for obnoxiously puffy eyes. It's non-irritating, non-sticky, you barely realize it's there. Which is a good thing, because eye products are often just too much—especially if you're just trying to de-puff in the bathroom at work.
Suzanne Kaufmann has made waves in Europe with her line of natural beauty products, and a product that has stood out since its release is her Nutrient Concentrate - Skin Smoothing, which is so luxe it's worth its weight in gold. Filled with Hyaluronic Acid to get the skin plump and moisturized, it's meant to protect the natural pH of your face. The thistle oil, marigold, and chamomile in the formula soothe and heal your skin, so you can kiss irritation goodbye. It's perfect for anyone with finnicky skin, or who just wants to perfect theirs a little more.
Best Exfoliant: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
While I don't recommend exfoliating daily, you should exfoliate a couple times a week to make sure you slough off all the dead skin cells. Your skin will look amazing after just one time with a good exfoliant. Dermalogica's Microfoliant is brilliant and super popular among users.
The product is a unique rice-based enzyme powder that removes debris and unclogs pores while leaving skin "noticeably smoother and brighter," according to Dermalogica. It contains no artificial fragrance or color.
Usually, seeing the word "brightening" in the name of a product is enough to make anyone with sensitive skin turn tail and run.
As good as Naturopathica's Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel smells, the peel works even better. For fans of sweet things, what could be better than putting sweet cherry and wine on your face?
It's easy to get overwhelmed buying body moisturizers, because it seems like there are so many out there and not much difference between them. But Grown Alchemist's Intensive Body Cream, which is scented with rosa damascena, acai, and pomegranate, is easy to keep going back to. Not only does it smell like a dream, but it's deeply moisturizing and absorbs quickly, which is rare in a body cream. The availability of two sizes gives the option to take it on a beach vacation, or leave a big bottle at home for daily use.
It's easy to write off spot treatments nowadays, particularly if you have difficult skin. A lot of the time, for whatever reason, they just don't work—it takes a lot to find a good one. It's even easier to write off natural/clean spot treatments, because once you do find a good one, it sometimes feels like, without harsh chemicals, blemishes will never go away. Meow Meow Tweet, however, used a blend of essential and jojoba oils to create their heavy-hitter Spot Serum—proving sometimes, the simplest answer is the best.
If you hate the idea of putting chemicals under your arms, this deodorant is an excellent bet. The secret to using this is to apply liberally to a large swath under the arm (not just where the hair grows). You may need to wet the stone twice and leave the top off the cap so the stone can dry before you close it up.
What's great about natural crystal deodorant is you won't get the yellow staining that comes with the use of aluminum deodorants.
If redness and dryness are major concerns for you, Herbivore Botanicals has a swath of products that can help—but not least is their Emerald Oil, which with-or-without CBD is a powerhouse formula. It's made with hemp oil, because of course it is, but it's also filled with adaptogens like ashwaganda and shiitake mushrooms to protect and heal the skin. There are two versions, one that includes 100mg CBD and one that doesn't, but we're partial to the CBD because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Best Oil (Also Great as Eye Makeup Remover): Desert Essence Jojoba Oil
There are a ton of wonderful natural oils on the market. I love extra virgin coconut oil as a body oil and I also use it on my face by applying it and then wetting a washcloth and exfoliating my skin in circular motions. Jojoba oil is a wonderful oil for super dry skin and works as a wonderful makeup remover. Gentle and natural.