These Natural and Organic Products Get The Job Done
Are “green” beauty products—which contain natural ingredients instead of synthetic chemicals and preservatives—worth seeking out? Absolutely, says Dana Stewart, co-founder of natural skin-care line Mad Hippie. “The skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s porous, absorbing much of what it comes in contact with. Many of the chemicals that are widely used in skin care, such as parabens, phthalates, SLS [sodium lauryl sulfate] and oxybenzone, are connected to a wide array of health concerns. They also wind up in our rivers, lakes and oceans, and wreak havoc on the environment.” But going green doesn’t mean giving up effective products. We scoured the market for products that avoid preservatives, artificial colors, fragrances and irritating chemicals—and deliver optimum results.
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When model (and Pilates fan) Miranda Kerr couldn’t find organic products that worked for her, she decided to create her own line. Packed with green tea, chamomile and rose extracts, the award-winning Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Tinted Day Cream hydrates and gives you subtle coverage ($62 for 1.7 fluid ounces.
Keep all-natural, biodegradable Yes to Cucumber Facial Wipes in your Pilates bag, travel case and bedside drawer for those lazy nights. Organic cucumber soothes and softens skin while green tea prevents breakouts ($5.99 for 30.
FACE SERUM Mad
Hippie Vitamin C Serum contains vitamins C, E and hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles, enhance collagen production and tighten skin. Smooth onto face and neck before moisturizing ($33.99 for 1.02 fluid ounces.
Thanks to its namesake ingredient, kombucha, a fermented tea, as well as grape stem cells, algae extract and green and white teas, emerginC Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser removes dirt, excess oil, makeup and environmental pollutants. Plus, for every bottle sold, the brand plants a tree ($35 for 4 fluid ounces.
Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve, formulated by green-cosmetics pioneer Brenda Brock, combines caledula (which locks in moisture) and beeswax (a natural healer) to soften snagged cuticles, dry elbows and cracked heels ($29 for 2.5 fluid ounces.
Want your eyes to look like you got eight hours of sleep? Nourish Organic Renewing + Cooling Eye Treatment with Avocado + Argan Oil helps reduce puffiness and dark circles, thanks to an oil blend of avocado, Moroccan and argan, and an ingenious applicator ($19.99 for .5 fluid ounce.
Spritz Promise Organic Nourishing Coconut Oil on your body, face and even hair to moisturize and soften without a greasy feel. Rich in antioxidantsand proteins, coconut oil helps prevent the signs of aging and wrinkles ($19.99 for 3.4 fluid ounces.
All Good Sport Sunscreen SPF 33 protects skin from harmful UV rays with zinc oxide, while moisturizing with organic fruit and jojoba oils. Plus, the non-greasy formula doesn’t leave a white residue ($15.99 for 3 fluid ounces.
Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Facial Exfoliant gently sloughs off dead skin cells, so it’s gentle enough for the most sensitive complexions. Australian clays, bamboo and pure Australian jojoba beads (which are sustainably grown on the company’s farm) penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, leaving it looking radiant and glowing ($39.95 for 2.7 fluid ounces.
Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask adheres to your face so the potent ingredients—including moisture- boosting coconut gel and cucumber extract—can penetrate skin. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then remove and gently massage the leftover gel into your skin ($24 for 3.
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Rich in phytoceuticals extracted from Italian artichoke and natural jojoba microcapsules, Davines Naturaltech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo removes product buildup without stripping hair’s natural oils. Follow with Davines OI Conditioner, which has antioxidant-rich roucou oil and apricot butter for soft, shiny strands ($26.50 and $34 respectively each 8.45 fluid ounces.
Smooth a few drops of Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum on any hair type, from super-fine to unruly curls, for a mane that looks healthier and lustrous, thanks to pure argan, jojoba and avocado oils and vitamin E ($30 for 2 fluid ounces.