Get gorgeous on Earth Day with organic beauty products
Unless you have the dewy skin of a 20-something, the words “au natural” might make you laugh. Because, really, nature might need a little help in the form of a bit of lip color, or a concealer now and then.
But if you care about your skin–and the planet we live on–you might think twice about the products you’re using on your face and body. By now, we all recognize and respect the products that note they don’t test on animals. But we’re also interested in products that aren’t nasty to our delicate skin. So when it’s time to go shopping for beauty products, remember: put your faith in Mother Nature.
Physicians Formula notes that it uses none of those chemicals, and it’s made up of 70 percent organic ingredients. You can find everything from body cream to mascara at your neighborhood drugstore, and we’re impressed with the prices. Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Kit, $11.19, target.com
Time for a splurge
But sometimes, it’s worth paying a bit more. For that, turn to Sephora. This lipstick duo uses “food quality” ingredients. That’s right, folks. If you wouldn’t eat it, it isn’t in this lipstick. Colors like lingonberry and tangerine might make you want to lick your lips, but avoid the temptation. While making your lips look tasty, this product also is working to hydrate them. Sephora is a big name in beauty, so if want to splurge, look to the company’s organic lines. Bite Beauty Lipstick Duo, $12, sephora.com
Another name to look for is Ecco Bella. Products can be found in more than 2,000 stores across the United States. We love their shampoos, but if you’re focused on your face, look to their soft-colored eyeliners, eyeshadows and mascara. Ecco Bella FlowerColor shimmer dust, $13.45. vitacost.com
One brand that won’t be difficult to find is bareMinerals. Look to the company’s foundation and powders, which promise not to clog your pores. If you’re trying to avoid that caked-on look in a foundation, these products go on sheer. bareMinerals bareSkin serum foundation, $29, ulta.com
A suggestion from our friends at birchbox.com: Alima Pure was inspired by a mom who was worried about all the chemicals her teenage daughter was putting on her skin. The result was an all-natural mineral makeup women of all ages snatched up. Alima Pure blush, $20, birchbox.com
A name you can trust
And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Origins. The company notes that it’s “one of nature’s most trusted names in skincare.” What do we love best about it? Nothing smells better than this company’s bath products. Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub, $30, origins.com