Our Favorite Non-Toxic Skin Care Brands
Written by: Taylor Rao
Skin care is in --it’s what’s behind an effortless no-makeup makeup look and how you can ensure you’re really taking care of yourself inside and out. But, practicing proper skin care is more than washing your face before bed and doing an exfoliating mask once a week.
To truly perfect your skin care routine, you need to do a bit of research about what exactly it is you’re putting onto your face and body to clear up those pimples and feel bright, fresh, moisturized and not too oily. (Yeah, we know there’s a lot to worry about.)
Instead of buying the first SPF product you see on the shelf or the eye cream your favorite social media influencer is talking about, think about what product you need (or should be using) for your type of skin and do your homework to find what’s going to work best for you.
Once you’ve identified your skin type and needs (i.e. dry, oily, acne-prone, etc.) you have to figure out what the bad stuff is --AKA toxic ingredients that could be causing your skin to behave a certain way. Believe it or not, the products you use could be at the root of all your skin care woes, and by making a lifestyle change to purchase only non-toxic, healthy brands, you could be doing yourself a really big favor.
And over here, we’re trying to make your life just a little bit easier by giving you a list of non-toxic skin care brands that are safe to shop for and will leave your skin feeling better than ever.
Kiehl’s is a tried-and-true skin care brand that’s been providing reliable skin care solutions since 1851. Kiehl’s vows to focus on healthy skin and offers natural products that work with their own scientific creations to solve your problems and leave you feeling bright, healthy and happy.
You can find Kiehl’s products wherever life takes you, from shopping the brand online to testing it out at the department store. Hey, you can even catch Kiehl’s in airports across America to make sure your skin is moisturized from the time your board that cross-country flight until your “out of office” email expires.
If you thought Burt’s Bees was just a lip balm brand from the checkout aisle, you are so wrong. Over the years, Burt’s Bees has expanded its product offering to include a whole line of skin care products --from acne spot treatment cream to rosewater toners and pore refining scrubs.
Burt’s Bees products use all natural ingredients like aloe, buttermilk, eucalyptus and lavender --do any of those sound toxic to you? This company makes a commitment to nourishing your skin with elements of the earth.
The Glossier motto is literally, Skin first. Makeup second., so there’s no reason not to believe this brand has your best interests in mind. Glossier is the queen bee of “no-makeup makeup” and they’ve lead the way in teaching all of us with an Instagram account that the key to the dewy, flawless look is beautiful, radiant skin underneath every layer of concealer or eye shadow.
What do we love about Glossier? Well, for every product they offer, there’s a full description provided with details about each and every ingredient used in the product. And no, it’s not in the fine print --this brand wants you to know what you’re using every day and how these ingredients are here to help, not hurt the skin you’re in.
Glossier’s milk jelly cleanser is as gentle as it gets when it comes to a face wash, and it’s cruelty free, paraben free, vegan, hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types.
The internet is raving about Super Goop’s signature product, the Unseen Sunscreen that is meant to be the start to your skin care routine, rain or shine. Protecting your skin from UV rays is one of the most important things you can to do prevent yourself from getting freckles, wrinkles and dangerous diseases like skin cancer. So, using a lightweight, moisturizing SPF goes a long way in fighting the inevitable aging process and decreasing your chances of causing sun damage to your skin that can’t be undone.
This broad spectrum SPF 40 can be applied as a primer or lightly on top of your makeup as a finishing product (you just need a dime sized amount!) and it’s on Sephora’s “Clean at Sephora” list, which means it’s free of toxins and other ingredients you should avoid.
“Non-toxic” is in Origin’s mission statement --this brand promises to offer a line of products that not only checks off all the boxes for your skin care needs, but delivers the highest standard in terms of quality when it comes to the formulas and ingredients used to make their products.
Some of Origin’s best-selling products include the Frothy Face Wash best for basic dry, normal or oily skin, the Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion for redness and sensitivity, and the Anti-Aging Power Cream best for line and wrinkle reduction.
The “Drunk Elephant Difference,” as the brand calls it --ensures the “suspicious six” (their term) is not included in any of the brand’s products --that means you won’t find silicones, chemical screens, sensitizing colorants/perfumes, Sodium lauryl sulfate or drying alcohol in any of the Drunk Elephant products.
Founded in 2012, Drunk Elephant is a fairly new brand but is so well loved by its loyal customers. All of the products are made right here in the USA and are also fragrance free, which helps you avoid any red flag ingredients that make your skin care product seem sweeter than it really is.