Authors: Morgan London with Hannah Kleinick

Skin care is a must for both women and men (yes guys, taking care of your skin is important too). From inexpensive drug store products to the extravagant face lotion we probably shouldn’t buy still but do, skin care products are essential to everyone’s daily hygiene.

However, many of us fail to look at the fine print to know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. Many products are filled with chemicals and synthetic ingredients, which isn’t ideal for your body’s most important organ. Below are seven beauty and skincare lines that offer effective products without the crap.

Beauty Counter: Beauty Counter’s mission is “to get safer products into the hands of everyone,” and that is exactly what they do. There are so many chemicals used in our skincare products that have been banned in the European Union, but are still allowed in the United States. This is what Beauty Counter is fighting against. They believe we deserve better than to treat our skin with harmful chemicals and they are determined to do something about it. The “Never List” is something Beauty Counter stands beside when formulating their products. They avoid unwanted and dangerous chemicals that are commonly used in most products.

Beauty Counter’s Charcoal Cleansing Bar, $24 is one of their best sellers and a personal favorite of mine. Image via http://www.beautycounter.com/

Nash & Jones: This chemical, dye and preservative-free skincare line was created as a result of negative reactions to common products we encounter daily. The founders of Nash & Jones made the decision to adopt a more natural lifestyle, which led to the creation of this line. Nash and Jones make a point to be transparent in their company, listing every ingredient used in their products. When purchasing products from Nash & Jones, you are guaranteed to receive skincare that is free of petroleum, water, perfume, chemicals, dyes and preservatives.

This Dead Sea Salt Scrub, $23 is an exfoliating must in your skincare regimen (it even comes with the cute spoon). Head over to their website to check out more of their amazing products! Image via http://www.nashandjones.com/

Mad Hippie: This company is crazy passionate about skincare and making sure the ingredients they use are only the good stuff. They include things such as antioxidants, peptides, bioavailable vitamins and alpha hydroxy acids in place of parabens, petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate and synthetic fragrance. Beyond seeking natural skincare, Mad Hippie holds themselves responsible to our planet and works to reduce their carbon footprint. When you give Mad Hippie products a try, you will “feel good knowing you are taking a step towards healthier, more beautiful skin, while [they] work together towards a healthier, more beautiful planet.”

Mad Hippie’s Antioxidant Facial Oil, $24.99 has been featured in both Cosmopolitan and Health Magazine as a remarkable, natural way to moisturize your skin. So, go to their website and check out their products, because when you order online, $1 is donated to The Wildlife Conservation Network. Image via https://www.madhippie.com/

Butter LONDON Nail Polish: This nail lacquer-free nail polish has created a name for itself across the world. Butter LONDON was created in 2005 by British entrepreneur, Sasha Muir and London manicurist, Nonie Creme. They pride themselves on “high-impact captivating colour without compromise.” Butter LONDON created the first healthy nail lacquer coining the phrase “three-free” to bring a good-for-you approach to beauty. Their iconic nail polish is formulated without Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, TPHP.

Loverly Patent Shine 10X Nail Polish, $18 is filled with ingredients proven to promote brighter, stronger, healthier nails. The patented shock resisting polymer technology acts like a gel polish giving you perfect nails for up to 10 days.
Image via http://www.butterlondon.com

RMS Beauty: RMS Beauty is a line dedicated to producing products with food-grade, raw and organic ingredients. They not only refrain from using toxins, they strive to create products that “heals and nourishes skin.” Founder and makeup artist Rose-Marie realized she needed to make a change in the industry when high levels of toxic metals were found in her body causing an illness that pointed to her long career in the cosmetics industry. After rebuilding her own health, she decided to create her own line for women to have access to healthy beauty.

RMS Beauty Oil, $73 is one of the company’s cult favorite. Many celebrities have claimed this product their go to. The organic oil is great to balance out any skin type.
Image via rmsbeauty.com

Tata Harper: Tata Harper is a 100% natural and non-toxic skin care line. The company conducts the entire production process from start to finish, including research. They are a huge advocate for an eco-friendly community. Tata Harper believes “businesses should take responsibility for the environmental repercussions of their actions.” They even grow their own ingredients on a farm in Vermont, creating an extremely genuine brand.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $42 won the Best of Beauty Award for Allure in 2016. This gentle exfoliating cleansing treatment purifies the skin while also minimizing pores. This product is filled with fresh enzymes, clays and essential oils. Image via www.sephora.com

Herbivore Botanicals: After endless searches for all-natural and chemical-free skincare, Seattle couple Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow created Herbivore Botanicals. They pride themselves on using active ingredients that “work with, not against your skin.” Their products are created with natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam-distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging, as well as many certified organic ingredients. Beauty editors have been calling this brand a new household staple.

Blue Clay Spot Treatment Mask, $22. This mask was created to detoxify your skin while getting rid of blemishes. Photo via https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com

Whether or not you decide to try some of our recommended lines, please, please, please take the time to research what ingredients you are putting on your skin and ultimately into your body! Here are 10 toxic beauty ingredients to be on the lookout for: Parabens, Synthetic Colors, Fragrance, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Formaldehyde, Toluene, Propylene glycol and sunscreen chemicals. Though it may take a little extra time and money, doing your research and picking out the rights products will be beneficial for you in the long run!