Our skin is our largest organ, and it's the one to face all the elements, so shouldn't we be careful of what we put on it?
Easier said than done. The market is flooded with various products boasting themselves as "natural," which is associated with being safe but really doesn't mean anything to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Byrdie reported. Plus, something labeled organic doesn't have to be fully organic.
Oh, and it's also still up to debate if ingredients like phthalates and parabens could be harmful to our skin and cause adverse health effects.
Don't fret. We scoured the internet to find some of the safest beauty brands, as in transparently free of animal cruelty and chemicals.
This indie Seattle-based beauty brand got its start on Etsy. Married couple Julia and Alex Kummerow got the idea when Julia, who has eczema and psoriasis, got frustrated because her skin was constantly irritated by other products. Their beautifully-packaged line is tested on people, not animals, and their products are made of high-quality food-grade ingredients, with no fillers, according to their site.
Thought up by Adina Grigore, the philosophy of this skincare brand is minimalism and sustainability. Grigore read Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," and felt inspired. Products are not tested on animals and are made of fair trade and organic ingredients from family farms, according to its site. They're also typically made with five ingredients or less. Even Target noticed what the brand was doing and is now a retailer.
3. RMS Beauty
Raw, cold centrifuge coconut oil is the base of all RMS Beauty formulas. It is known for its natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. This makes it a perfect choice for keeping skin clear and healthy. (??: @parsimonialatienda) #rmsbeauty #coconutoil #goodforyou #naturalbeauty
Founder Rose Marie Swift was a makeup artist to the stars when she decided to detox her life as a raw-foodist, she told Coveteur. Her products aren't tested on animals and use pure, living ingredients, meaning they actually help make your skin better.
"Want to cut your morning beauty routine in half? Check out these #topshelf time-savers on WellandGood.com now. . . . @vapourbeauty Artist multi use palettes contain siren lipstick, velvet gloss and aura multiuse + mirror and brush in one sweet compact. . . Repost @wellandgoodnyc #iamwellandgood #compactmirror #multiuse #artistpalette #naturalbeauty #getyourglowon #timesaver #ecolux #greenbeauty
These handmade products are created in a USDA-approved organic lab that's run by passive solar and wind power. It has the "Champion" safety status awarded by the Environmental Working Group, according to its website. Allure also gave the New Mexico-based brand several of its Best of Beauty Awards. Krysia Boinis founded the company with the intention of not harming our skin or the earth.
5. Indie Lee
One of the best things about summertime has got to be all the fresh berries ?? - & it's the perfect time to incorporate both into your diet & skincare routine. Our fan fav cleanser does double duty: the antioxidants from strawberries can help brighten skin in the AM, but is strong enough to rinse off any extra SPF at night. Plus, nothing screams summer quite like the smell of strawberries ?? It's my #summerskin necessity
After overcoming a brain tumor that doctors attributed to environmental factors in 2009, Indie Lee decided to pursue a toxin-free, eco-friendly beauty line. Her products are made of ingredients that can actually be pronounced. In fact, she has a facial moisturizer that's made up of just one ingredient.
Who's ready to makeover their beauty routine?
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