Along with all the new makeup that’s been introduced for spring, there’s also a lot of outstanding new skin care. I’ve been sampling some really great green goodies. Here’s a raspberry treatment to wipe out blemishes, a new green line with a totally unique candle that doubles as a massage balm, a potent eye treatment, an incredibly creamy soap for face and body, and lip balms that are fantastically moisturizing.
A Tarte Treat for Clearer Skin
ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Pads ($32) are amazing. They made a big difference for me – preventing blemishes from popping up in the first place and treating ones that did make an appearance without drying out my skin at all. I don’t break out as much as I did when I was younger, but I still get a good dose of zits during one lovely time of the month. As luck would have it, I received a sample of these pads right before “that time.” I used them every day, morning and night for about seven days and definitely broke out way less than I normally do.
With all the green products on the market now, are you greening your beauty routine?
These smell soooo good. They contain an anti-microbial and clarifying raspberry extract, which contains lots of vitamins. The pads also exfoliate and dissolve impurities with salicylic acid and cleanse and reduce enlarged pores with antiseptic witch hazel. If you’re on a tight budget, you can double your money by cutting them in half. They’re big enough for that. ARCONA has a whole line of products that take advantage of the great properties of raspberry extract.
Way to be green… According to the company, ARCONA uses high-quality, all-natural ingredients with no petrochemicals, binders or fillers, chemical stabilizers, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphates, perfumes, dyes, or any other caustic, toxic ingredients. Available at arcona.com, and beauty.com.
New Organic Line and Candle-Massage-Balm-In-One
Baborganics Wellness Candle ($65) is brilliant (albeit expensive). It’s a naturally fragrant botanical candle that doubles as an incredibly moisturizing massage balm. You just let the wax melt a bit, pour it into the little plate that comes with the candle, let the wax cool a little, then massage into the skin. It has a similar effect as a spa paraffin treatment, but it’s much simpler to use and no petroleum. Instead, it moisturizes with meadowfoam seed and apricot kernel oils, and cocoa butter. It also makes for a romantic evening.
I’ve also sampled their Refining Body Salt Oil Peeling ($35), which is a delightfully creamy mix of salt and plant oils that does a great job exfoliating and moisturizing. With this, I can skip body lotion.
Way to be green… Baborganics is a new high-end, German line of skin care that’s 100% organic and contains “white” ingredients, which are supposed to be especially pure and free of contamination to make the line very good for even the most sensitive skin. Ingredients include edelweiss to protect skin, meadowfoam seed oil to moisturize, “oxygen energy” to promote regeneration, and glacier water that’s said to revitalize skin. According to the company, everything is made with natural plant extracts from certified organic ingredients cultivated in compliance with strict organic standards of availability and species protection, plant-based emulsifiers, Ecocert-compliant raw materials, natural Ecocert-compliant perfume with no synthetic colorants or perfumes, petroleum-based ingredients, paraffins, irradiated ingredients, or genetically modified raw materials. Available at babor.com.
Boscia has introduced an Intensive Eye Treatment ($48) that is exceptionally moisturizing. I was never concerned about wrinkles. But that time has apparently come. I’ve got photos that have revealed to me that the skin around my eyes is not as perky and youthful as it used to be… sigh. Thankfully, this stuff really helps. I don’t look so wrinkly now. And you only need to use a tiny amount. The treatment is a botanically based, preservative-free cream made with rice bran oil (to firm, brighten, and moisturize), ivy extract (to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles), alanine and glutamine (to retain moisture and repair skin), jojoba oil (to prevent free radical damage and nourish), and willowherb (to calm inflammation and reduce redness).
Way to be green… According to the company, all Boscia products are botanically based, good for sensitive skin, and are free of preservatives, bactericides, synthetic colorants, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, animal ingredients, ethanol, and phthalates. Available at boscia.net, beauty.com, and Sephora.
Creamy, Dreamy Cleansing
I’ve been trying a lot of Suki products as of late and loving them. They have a new Sensitive Cleansing Bar ($10.95), a super creamy, yummy -smelling soap that’s vegan and made with 100% organic ingredients, including lemongrass extract, ginger, and fair-trade shea butter. It really moisturizes and softens the skin, and foams up very well. Apparently it’s the same cleanser as their award-winning Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser but without the exfoliators. Use it all over the body; but it’s also gentle enough for the face. Suki also just came out with Sukispa, a fantastically potent line of at-home spa skin care that I wrote about in yesterday’s skin brightening post.
Way to be green… According to the company, Suki formulas are made from 100% high performance natural, organic, biodynamic & food grade ingredients that are compatible to work in unison with the body’s natural biological processes. They have a loooong list of synthetic ingredients that they never use and advise us to avoid, like fragrance, parabens, petroleum, sulfates, dyes, and phthalates. Their formulas, ingredients, and products are all cruelty-free. Available at sukipure.com, amazon.com, and Whole Foods stores.
Yummy, Soft Lips
Jack Black (no, not Mr. Kung Fu Panda) makes an exceptional, award-winning Natural Mint and Shea Butter Lip Balm ($7). Now the line has two more flavors, Acai Berry and Vanilla (a fruity treat) and Lemon and Chamomile (tastes like a lemon sugar cookie), and an It’s the Balm trio with all three balms ($19.50). These contain avocado oil and shea butter, are wonderfully moisturizing and have a SPF of 25 that protects against UVA and UVB rays. They also contain green tea extract and vitamin E to protect lips from free radical damage. Even though Jack Black is a “man focused” line (that description cracks me up), these balms are totally unisex.
Way to be green… According to the company, the line is fragrance-free, colorant-free, and cruelty-free. Many products are paraben-free, vegan, and made with certified organic ingredients. Available at getjackblack.com, beauty.com, amazon.com, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and some Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
With all the green products on the market now, are you greening your beauty routine? Pick up any new natural products you love? Do tell.
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