Updated: Apr 5, 2018 10:57 am
It’s not often that we stop and think about the ingredients in our favorite lipstick, foundation, and mascara, so we did some research in finding the best natural skincare and beauty products for creating an ideal skincare routine without potentially harmful substances. Organic and natural cosmetics leave out ingredients that can leave your skin and body feeling worse in the long run. You may be dedicated to your colorful lipstick collection or your go-to mascara, but these products are just as fabulous and won’t harm you or your age-defying beauty routine!
Ingredients to avoid when buying natural skincare products
More companies that make natural skincare products and natural makeup are popping up and even well-known brands with conventional products are developing natural cosmetics, which makes it easier to find makeup without toxic ingredients. Just to be safe, here is a quick list of chemicals that shouldn't be present in natural skincare: parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and colors, and petrochemicals. More extensive lists are available from the EWG Skin Deep Database if you’re really looking to cut out as many possibly harmful substances as possible out of your natural skincare routine. If ingredients look edible – coconut oil anyone? – even better.
Facts about Natural Skincare Products Labeling
While the FDA has no specific definition for the term natural, it does have regulations for cosmetics. Those regulations combined with the USDA’s guidelines on food labeled organic can apply to beauty products. There are also private companies that can certify and label products. A few of the extensive rules include no GMOs and no components that are on the national list of prohibited ingredients.
Tips for buying natural skincare products
Refer back to the listed ingredients above so you can double check that you’re buying natural skincare products without them. Places like Sephora, Amazon, and Ulta provide shelves and webpages dedicated to natural skincare and organic skincare. Start by replacing one or two products at a time, that way you can slowly work up to having a makeup bag and bathroom shelf that agree with your skin and your wallet.
Shop our favorite natural skincare and beauty products below!
4. Best Natural Foundation - Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
The Amazonian clay in Tarte’s products is known for its ability to soak up oil without leaving your skin looking dry and hydrate without making your skin look oily. It’s full coverage, but it never feels cakey. Amazonian white clay is chock full of minerals that are ideal for blemish control, cell renewal, and anti-aging. A foundation that improves your skin sounds like a contradiction, but the complexion-repairing proof is in the tube. “This is by far the best foundation I've ever had. It's been 105-108 degrees out, and no matter how much I sweat, my makeup still looks flawless. I don't use cover up anymore, just a little extra foundation around problem areas. I put it on with a brush, and that's the only way to do it. A little bit goes a long way,” said one Sephora reviewer.
Where to buy: $39, Sephora
13. Best Natural Liquid Eyeliner - Eve by Eve’s Smudge-proof and Waterproof Eyeliner
Styled after a traditional calligraphy pen, this eyeliner’s tip is user-friendly and produces perfect lines and cat eyes. The liner will easily glide across your lid, and will avoid crookedness or bleeding into your eyeshadow. It won’t budge, no matter if you’re on a run or headed out for a coffee date. Ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen and ginseng root extract will help nourish your skin and provide anti-aging benefits. “My makeup artist friend recommended this to me, and I've already purchased it for the second time. The black is dark and opaque, it wears all day even on my oily eyelids, and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. I'm no pro with liquid liners, but I found this very easy to apply in an even line. It doesn't drag or pull at the skin and applies as smoothly as a gel liner,” said Amazon customer Sharon. Winged eyeliner has never been so simple.
Where to buy: 2-Pack for $35, Amazon
17. Best Natural Concealer - Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Tarte’s creaseless concealer has been a viral beauty favorite for quite some time, and it’s easy to see why. Its creamy, blendable texture is dewy, and although maracuja oil is in it, your under eyes won’t look greasy. This concealer works wonders in hiding under eye circles and revitalizing the areas of your face you apply it to. It’s not too thick, but is far from translucent so no discoloration will show through. One Sephora customer said, “This is great concealer for women who have dry or wrinkled skin under their eyes. This is very thick and rich. A little goes a long way. It blends nicely with a damp mini beauty blender and somehow sits on top of the wrinkles.” Phthalates and parabens won’t be found in this mighty tube, and its contents are hypoallergenic, so it can suit even the most sensitive skin.
Where to buy: $26, Sephora
20. Best Makeup Remover Wipes - Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleansing Wipes
Greek yogurt isn’t just for eating, it’s now useful for cleaning your face and reviving it! These wipes by Korres are free from all the aforementioned ingredients and are beneficial no matter your skin type. Dry, oily, or combo, these will get the job done without messing with your skin’s chemistry. Sephora buyer sherriann1 said, “It glides along my skin, and does not contribute to rosacea; in fact, it helps prevent rosacea/acne outbreaks. It is soothing to my sensitive "mature" skin. I would definitely recommend this.”
Where to buy: $15, Sephora
22. Best Natural Skincare for Acne - Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
This oil is stripped of fillers and other emulsifiers so you can receive its ingredients’ full potency. When other additives are included, it dilutes the strength of what you’re putting on your skin so you’ll see fewer results. Herbivore’s Lapis Oil is known for its ability to banish acne completely, diminish the size of pores, and erase redness. This is certainly one holy grail product that should be added to your skincare routine. “As an esthetician I try a lot of skincare, work with a lot of skincare, and learn a lot via other people. I’m very picky about the products I use. I want every ingredient to be necessary, no fillers. I also want my skincare to be as clean as possible. This lapis oil is fantastic! I saw a reduction in pinkness in my skin around my nostrils. My cycle-induced breakouts never even fully developed. I also feel less oily, which is tough when you work in a steamy spa,” said a Sephora customer.
Where to buy: $72, Sephora
23. Best Natural Face Moisturizer - Juicy Mango Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
Josie Maran’s line of argan oil products never fails to moisturize, hydrate, and completely rejuvenate your skin. This whipped mango face butter smells good enough to eat, and while it may not be edible, your skin will certainly be getting a host of nutrients. If fine lines and wrinkles are something you want to target, this cream will help firm. If hyperpigmentation is more of your concern, the face butter will reduce redness. Whether you have these issues or not, this moisturizer will work on any skin type. “I was an ultra sensitive redness-prone face. I've tried multiple brands without finding something that can calm and improve my condition until last month when I bought my first jar of this amazing moisturizer. To start, the fragrance is amazing, it's thick but at the same time once on your face feels so light. I'm obsessed with this product. I wish I could attach pictures so you can see how much my face has improved. Just give it a try, you will not be disappointed!” said one Sephora buyer in a review.
Where to buy: $40, Sephora
26. Best Natural Eye Cream - Origins Eye Doctor Moisture Care Cream
Crows feet, puffy under eyes, fine lines, and circles can be defeated with the help of this cream from Origins. Its natural extracts, like cucumber and green tea, de-puff and soothe so your eyes can look and feel rejuvenated. The most fragile area of your skin deserves a little extra TLC, and this cream won’t disappoint. “I have autoimmune disease which makes my skin very dry. The wrinkles around my eyes have been so bad and I have such deep creases; it's very embarrassing. I started using Origins two months ago and I cannot believe the transformation around my eyes. The deep creases have improved immensely and the darkness around my eyes have lightened up as well. I will never stop using this product — it just keeps getting better with time,” said a buyer from Sephora.
Where to buy: $39, Sephora