I’m not a huge “naturalist” by any means, but the older I get, the more I feel like I need to cut out the known bad ingredients from my diet, my household items, and especially from my skin care. I’m not hardcore (it’s simply too exhausting), but I am aware of ingredient lists. So the more I can get veggies and fruits and “raw” foods into my life, the better I feel about myself.
It’s a trend in the beauty community as well. Just look at beauty newcomer Youth to the People — they’re founded by two Millennial guys who thought, why not harness the power of superfoods like kale and spinach for a skin care line both men and women can use? Some brands have been doing it since their inception; some may be late to the game, but hey, all that matters is that we have a plethora of choice.
Virtually a DIY mask, with the AHAs of crushed oranges, lemons and clementines to refine skin, soybean oil to nourish, and vitamins C, E, and B5 to protect the skin barrier. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask, $62, fresh.com
2. Think of Easter in a garden after a “hard April rain.” The scent of flowers, fresh dew, and soil mingle in this nostalgic scent. Demeter Fragrance Wet Garden, $18, demeterfragrance.com
3. Consider this the green juice of skin care, harnessing the power of superfoods like kale, spinach, and green tea. Youth to the People Age Prevention Cleanser, $36, youthtothepeople.com
4. Real pomegranate and cucumber make these sheet masks legit. BioRepublic Pomegranate Crush Illuminating, Cucumber Breeze Soothing Purifying Fiber Masks, $4.99 each, biorepublic.com
5. Stem cells of the rare Swiss apple, which boost cell production, are the star in this uncomplicated serum (it only has eight ingredients) from the eco-friendly skin care line. Indie Lee Swiss Apple Facial Serum, $130, indielee.com
6. A hydrating toner with peach leaf extract, which stimulates skin cells’ ability to repair itself, and other botanical extracts with anti- inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Jurlique Activating Water Essence, $55, jurlique.com
7. Olive and jojoba oils nourish skin, while natural essential oils of eucalyptus, white flowers and rosemary soothe. Lafco Reparative Hand Cream Rosemary Eucalyptus, $32, lafco.com
Originally published in Composure Magazine.