Achieve radiant, healthy skin with these ethically-sourced, clean brands
A new season means a whole new variety of skincare and cosmetics products on the market—which makes it the perfect time to implement new eco-friendly items into your routine. With spring officially underway, heavy-duty formulas can be replaced with lighter, shimmering options that contain a higher SPF, and of course it’s always vital to have a refreshing exfoliant that can get rid of pollutants and impurities which build up as we spend more time outside.
I’ve gathered some of my top sustainable picks that will keep both your skin and the planet happy this spring...
1. Chebula Active Immunity Serum by True Botanicals
This hydrating serum contains the ayurvedic fruit chebula, a strong antioxidant that works to even skin tone and minimize blemishes. Other ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, ginger and elderberry work to soften the skin’s texture, improve blood circulation and maintain an overall glow.
2. Multi-stick by Ilia
If you’re looking for a great on-the-go product, this cheek and lip colour by Ilia is fabulous. Made with sunflower seed oil, shea butter and cocoa seed oil, this gluten-free stick goes on smooth and won’t cause any flakiness. Plus, I love that it’s available in multiple shades—from warm nude to bright undertones—for all types of skin tones.
3. Hydra-Bright AHA Hydrator by Glo
Glo Skin Beauty is a cruelty- and paraben-free clean beauty brand that uses antioxidants and innovative technology to deliver the best in skincare. Infused with vitamin C and vegan lactic acid, this lightweight moisturizer works to improve the skin’s texture and elasticity, as well as protect it from harmful effects of blue light and pollution.
4. Revitalizing Eye Cream by Cocokind
The skin under our eyes is one of the most sensitive areas on our face, and it can lose moisture extremely fast, so it’s super important to use products that will lock in hydration. Key ingredients in Cocokind’s eye cream include Persian silk tree extract, hibiscus flower acid and oat extract to reduce puffiness, promote elasticity and also soothe the area.
5. Defining Crayon by EcoBrow
The Defining Crayon is truly a winner in achieving your brow goals because it’s long-lasting, smear-proof and has a non-waxy finish. Not to mention, it comes in a number of shades to match as many skin tones as possible. Founded by makeup and grow artist Marco Ochoa, EcoBrow is mineral-based, and paraben-free.
6. Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum by Biossance
Boost collagen production and improve texture on the daily with this serum. It instantly works to brighten the face thanks to ingredients such as vitamin C, white shiitake mushroom extract and squalane, which is derived from sugarcane. Biossance remains a leader in sustainable skincare—from making vegan non-toxic formulas to packaging products in compostable boxes and keeping a low-water usage.
7. Liquid Silk Canvas by Tatcha
A personal favourite, Tatcha’s Liquid Silk Canvas primer is nourishing, oil-free and also works as a protective barrier on your skin against pollutants and clogged pores. Featured ingredients are silk extract, Uji green tea, Akita rice and Mozuku algae that will leave your face feeling and looking dewy for hours. Use it before applying makeup, and you’re guaranteed to see a huge difference.
8. Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum by Glow Recipe
Safe for all skin types, Glow Recipe’s serum has a variety of benefits, like targeting redness, irritation, dull texture and dehydration. Antioxidant-rich avocado delivers long-lasting moisture, and added ingredients such as rice milk and allantoin will strengthen the skin over time. Apply it daily for best results. Plus, I love that this brand uses little glass bottles for its packaging that can be easily recycled.
9. Cream Blush by Alima Pure
Made in Portland Oregon, Alima Pure uses high-quality, non-toxic ingredients to create natural cosmetics, and donates 1 percent of its annual gross revenue to grassroots environmental organizations that protect the planet. Cream Blush comes in six different shades that blend super easily and have a silky finish. The best part? The sleek compact is refillable in order to minimize waste.
10. Desert Moon Illuminating Oil by Āthr Beauty
This diamond-infused dry oil is a must-have for the season. It not only nourishes the skin, but also works to brighten tone, boost collagen and protect against electromagnetic frequencies. Use it as a primer under your foundation, on top of makeup or by itself for a illuminating glow. Āthr Beauty is an incredible brand that is all organic, fair-trade, 100 percent vegan and was the first company to launch a zero-waste eyeshadow palette. Plus, 1 percent of sales are donated to various charities.
11. Self Reflect Sunscreen by Kinship
A hydrating sunscreen is another must-have for the warmer season, and this easy-to-carry tube (made of 30 percent post-consumer recycled plastic) by Kinship is a favourite. It’s reef-safe, gentle for blemish-prone skin, non-greasy and even includes turmeric, which works to improve the appearance of damaged skin. Not to mention. it has a fragrance of natural vanilla which we’re definitely not going to complain about.
12. Brightening Cleanser by Indie Lee
Indie Lee’s three-in-one product acts as a cleanser, makeup remover and face mask. It’s rich in antioxidants, strawberry seed oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein and tomato extracts that exfoliate, nourish and firm skin without stripping natural oils. This clean beauty brand is committed to formulating without over 1,300 banned ingredients and educates people to live their healthiest lifestyle.
13. Intensive Nourishing Face Oil by 100% Pure
This award-winning oil is packed with anti aging antioxidants that are gentle and beneficial for all skin types. It has a variety of soothing ingredients such as grapeseed oil, blackcurrant, vitamin E, rosemary oil and lavender oil. Pat it on the face with your hands either in the morning or night on the daily.
14. Concealer by BareMinerals
Springtime is all about ditching thicker formulas and opting for lightweight ones instead. This vegan concealer by BareMinerals comes in 17 different shades and offers medium buildable coverage that is long-lasting and crease-resistant. It’s dermatologist-tested and is also free of parabens, silicons, talc, oils, gluten and much more.
15. Vanilla Highlighter by Ere Perez
Shine on with this creamy highlighter by Ere Perez, available in two shades. Vanilla not only has an amazing fragrance but it also de-stresses the muscles and soothes the skin. Plus, Ere Perez is a cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free and certified carbon-neutral ethical brand, so you know you’re going to get a real, healthy glow.