The changing seasons mark the time to reassess the products in your skincare arsenal. On average, women use a minimum of 12 personal-care products daily, so it’s no surprise that this industry rakes in more than $60 billion yearly.
The true shocker is that the ingredients in some everyday products like shampoo, body wash, lotion, makeup and more are unregulated by the government and contain toxins.
“With less than 25 percent of beauty products rated safe by the Environmental Working Group and women of color disproportionately affected by harmful ingredients in beauty products, it’s time to choose better,” explains makeup artist and wellness coach Ariane Turner. “Using clean products means minimizing your exposure to hormone disrupters, allergens and other toxic chemicals that negatively affect us and our families.”
Turner, a 20-year beauty industry vet, is the creator of the Holistic Beauty Collective (lookgoodlivewell.com), an online community committed to helping women explore the connection between health, beauty and wellness and empowering them with the tools to find joy in holistic living.
“Beauty is taking care of yourself mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and yes, aesthetically,” she says.
Here, Turner guides you on the journey to going green with her favorite clean skincare product picks. She also shares her simple seven-step daily routine that will help activate your glow. –Tamara Crockett
Product: Beauty Counter One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes
This simple step is the most crucial and the most overlooked. Removing your makeup with an actual makeup remover is important, because most cleansers are only formulated to break down oil and debris—not makeup. Skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. I love to use a makeup-removing wipe because it’s quick and effective.
Product: Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Now that you’re makeup free, use a cleanser that speaks specifically to your skin type and your needs (i.e., a gel cleanser can help control shine on oily skin, especially in warmer, humid months). Another important key when cleansing is to slow down and take your time. Apply the product, activate it with water, massage it into skin and then let it sit on your face for a minute or so. This allows the product to soften the skin and actually penetrate the top layer.
Product: Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater
Use a toner that balances your skin and restores the pH levels. A simple spritz of rosewater is a great way to hydrate the skin and prepare it for your treatment products.
Products: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with the “Mother”
Masking is a great way to give your pores a deep cleaning, boost hydration and prepare your skin for treatment. Applying your mask with a synthetic brush ensures an even application. For clay-based masks, apply a nice even, thin layer. These masks generally pull impurities out of the pores, and if you apply it too thick, it’s harder for the product to dry and pull out toxins. For hydrating masks, feel free to apply a thicker layer. After you apply the mask, hop in the shower. The steam will open your pores and allow the product to work even better.
Products: Beautycounter Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum & Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Choose your treatment based on your skin-care concerns. Vitamin C is my treatment of choice because it breaks up hyperpigmentation (dark spots), evens skin tone and plumps the skin.
Tool: Gua Sha Stone
This step helps move excess fluids from the face, reduces swelling and inflammation and also tightens and firms the skin. You can do this with your fingers, but I prefer to use a jade roller or a Gua Sha stone. These two tools can be kept in the fridge so that when used, they provide a cooling effect to the skin, which tightens pores and reduces puffiness. When giving yourself a lymphatic massage, start at your jawline and gently pull the skin back toward the hairline. Once you reach the hairline, gently press in a downward motion to help drain fluids.
Product: Keeva Organics Tea Tree Oil Acne Treatment Cream
Your moisturizer caps off your skin-care routine. You want to, again, choose a product that speaks directly to your skins needs (i.e., oily skin types should use a noncomedogenic, oil-free moisturizer).