Let’s break down the green skincare basics, because as it turns out, beauty really is skin deep. Plus, our product guide to perfect pores.


If you’re dazed by the infinite amount of skin care products available, you’re not alone. While they’re all coming to us with promises of being the best, most organic and natural, how do we sort through the madness? Do we trust the Jennifer Aniston commercials? She did age like a goddess… Or, do we follow the hippies into lands of homemade remedies?

First of all, no one truly knows how particular chemicals affect us over time, so the best thing to do is keep it simple. You need a cleanser, a toner, moisturizer and sunscreen. That’s it. Skin needs a healthy balance and routine to radiate properly. When you’re skin cells aren’t communicating suitably — be it from product selection, too much or too little attention — the synergy is broken, which causes damage. The best way to keep your skin vibrant is to follow a regiment with pure products, and be gentle — avoid abrasive rubbing with towels, wipes and machines and use lots of water.

True green skincare is created with ingredients that are aimed at supporting your skin’s natural elasticity and functions, reminding your skin of its youthful energies. When choosing your products, go for options that are devoid of toxins. Read the labels!

Organic ingredients are grown without fertilizers or pesticides, and in an environmentally friendly way. Pay attention to a brands philosophy and values, it will teach you what you need to know about the background of what’s going into your pores. Purchase items with non-toxic, recyclable packaging. Also, green skincare tends to be fresher by the time it gets to you. Seems like a win/win, no? Here are some amazing skincare brands to help you on your way to healthier, livelier skin.

Note: According to the Skin Deep Environmental Group, here are some key ingredients to avoid:

Moisturizer and Lip Products: Avoid, Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol in daytime products.

Sunscreens: Avoid, SPF above 50, Retinyl palmitate, Aerosol spray and powder sunscreen, Oxybenzone, Added insect repellent.

Makeups: Avoid, Industrial plasticizers called phthalates; parabens, which are preservatives; and persistent fragrance components like musk xylene Loose powders, Vitamin A (listed as: retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate).

Soaps and Cleansers: triclosan and triclocarban.

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