If I can grab my moisturizer when I’m also shopping for groceries, it’s a win for me. It’s a double win if the products are safe using plant power over chemicals and of course effective. It has taken a few years (sometimes at the expense of my skin) but I’m finding more impressive options every day. Here are a few options worth checking out.
Jason Smoothing Organic Coconut Oil $10
I use coconut oil for everything; body moisturizer for myself and the girls, hair treatments, lip balm, and my favorite use- shaving. I seriously haven’t had a single cut or razor burn since I started using it to shave my legs and I haven’t used anything else since. I buy a big jar like this which I keep in the shower and just refill smaller jars in the girls’ rooms as needed. I get a virgin, organic one so which means it hasn’t been bleached or deodorized – not as big of a deal if you aren’t eating it, but it’s worth knowing the difference.
Avalon Organics Vitamin C Cream $21
It’s popular for a reason, it’s a great C cream for the price and they use Ascorbyl Glucoside, a stabilized C derived from citrus that is known to give the same benefits as L-Ascorbic acid. It’s also rated a safe ‘3’ on the Think Dirty app. A great all-in-one option if you don’t want to use a separate C serum with your moisturizer. I’ve been using it at night over a serum and I love the slip it gives my skin which lasts until morning.
Acure Line Eraser $20
I bought this one months ago and have been recommending it to everyone ever since. It’s a balm made using Argan, Safflower, Jojoba, and Olive oils that nourishes dry eyes making wrinkles look less harsh. It’s just a big drink of straight up moisture that absorbs well. No fuss, but really effective.
Alba Botanica Fast Fix Beauty Solutions $6 Each
Each one of these little tubes target specific problems – blemishes, under eye circles, and puffy eyes, they even have a lip plumper. I just ran out of my Osmia spot treatment which I liked but daaang $20 is a lot and I burned thorough it in less than 2 months so I’ve been using this one which I think I like even better. It’s 6% sulfur (no harsh Salicylic or Benzoyl) which means gentle healing with no irritation or peeling. It brings down inflammation quickly and also matts out wherever you put it which I love. The puffy eye treatment is awesome too, it’s a gel that cools tired eyes and absorbs quickly. I saw a bin yesterday at Whole Foods with an assortment of these so I think they’re pretty easy to find.
Desert Essence Organic Tea Tree Oil $9
I have a few toners in the mix right now, but what I do most often is squirt some Witch Hazel onto a cotton pad with 2 drops of this tea tree oil which gives my skin a tingly fresh feeling without any harsh ingredients.
derma e Purifying Serum $30
A few weeks ago derma e sent over this new serum that uses Kimarine Wakame and Bladderwrack, two mineral rich seaweeds with antioxidant protection that bind moisture to the skin. Green tea and aloe make it soothing especially for acne-prone or sensitive skin types. I’ve been loving how this makes my skin literally glow and feels so amazing. Because it protects from environmental damage, I use it daily under my moisturizer. LaMer famously uses the seaweed Kelp in its formulas for it’s ‘miracle broth’ with great results but at $170 an ounce.
I’d check the Think Dirty scale for every item. Anything but a “0” is not good enough for me. Usually they offer an alternative and I can get it online.