Skincare ranks as arguably the most important category when switching over to a “clean” beauty practice. What we put on our skin gets absorbed into our body- and we only want the good stuff. Yet, navigating the clean skincare scene can be deceptively tricky. With so many brands and products on the market now, it can be difficult to know where to start and what works. (There are so many amazing, clean face oil options to sort through that we dedicated an entire article to them!) However, when it came to swapping out some of our top skincare faves for cleaner alternatives, we found that some products are far more difficult to replace than others. We’ve done it for our cult makeup products, and now we’re at it again for skincare. Here are our top picks for clean, effective products for your best skin ever:
If you like… then you’ll love…
- Créme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream – Radice Myrrh Cream
In the battle of “oil versus cream” products, we generally lean towards oils (in case you haven’t noticed our slight obsession with Everyday Oil and Jivah Apoha). But this face cream has us totally hooked. Radice founder Jasmine Urzia personally sources the ingredients and hand crafts this magic cream in small batches literally under the Tuscan sun. ”I make the myrrh oil myself. I usually buy the myrrh resin from Egypt and make the oil by infusion. I let the oil infuse under the sun in Tuscany in an amber jar for over a month. In this way, I can extract all the benefits of the resin.” This ancient beauty ingredient, known for its ability to preserve and balance our internal organs, is amazing for anti-aging concerns. Myrrh is both anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidant properties to aid in everything from elasticity to brightness. Blended with ultra hydrating and soothing ingredients such as Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, and Rosehip Oil, this cream plumps up the skin instantly for glowing, gorgeous skin.
Plump and hydrate your skin HERE
- Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 – Astara AHA Nutrient Toning Essence
A multi-purpose toner (exfoliating! hydrating! PH balancing!) is the holy grail of skincare products. But all of this usually comes at a highly toxic cost. The famed Lotion P50 contains phenol, an ingredient banned in most countries. For a product category so dependent on toxic, chemical formulations, this was one of the more challenging swaps. There are many clean and effective exfoliant options, (we love Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask) but finding something more akin to a toner that also balances the skin and prepares for product absorption was tough. After searching all over, we finally found THE one. Astara’s AHA Nutrient Toning Essence is a multi-functional toner containing Lactic Acid to exfoliate, Hyaluronic Acid and Cucumber extract to hydrate and soothe, along with oils of Rose and Jasmine plus Witch Hazel to restore PH balance.
Balance and restore your skin HERE
- Glamglow Supermud – May Lindstrom the Problem Solver
Who doesn’t love a good mud mask? There’s nothing quite as satisfying as feeling the clay pulling dirt and congestion from deep in your pores. While we still strive for squeaky clean skin, we’ve become more aware of the over-drying and imbalancing effects that some masks can have, especially when combined with unnecessary preservatives and chemicals. May Lindstrom’s version blends Fuller’s Earth and Moroccan Red clays with Activated Bamboo Charcoal to purify the skin, while raw Cacao provides an antioxidant boost. We love this water-activated formulation that leaves the skin clean but not dehydrated.
Get your rid of that grime and make way for great skin HERE
- Proactiv – True Botanicals Clear System
The concept of the “one, two, (three)” punch with acne is nothing new- but most product lines rely on harsh, toxic ingredients that dry out EVERYTHING, causing greater imbalance and confusion for the skin. Enter: True Botanicals Clear collection: A Hydrating Cleanser, Nutrient Toner, and Oil (yes, oil for acne) that work to heal, treat, and soothe acne-prone skin. The innovative system works to fight acne-causing bacteria while calming inflammation and relieving dryness. All True Botanicals products are MADE SAFE Certified, relying on natural ingredients certified by third-party scientists, so we know that everything we’re putting on our skin is being held up to the highest safety standards.
And don’t just take our word for it- True Botanical outperformed Proactiv in clinical trials! Get clear, glowing skin minus the harsh chemicals HERE
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Are there any other cult favorites you would like us to find alternatives to? Let us know in the comments below!