Via Into the Gloss Writing and photography by Lacey Grattis
Fun fact: the word 'organic' is meaningless with cosmetics, since the FDA doesn't prosecute brands for using the term even if their products aren't organic. It's kind of terrible. When I'm not testing all kinds of beauty like it's (literally) my job, I stick to organic products, and after a ton of trial and error, I have a whole slew of USDA Certified Organic obsessions to share. Everything here with an asterisk (*) is an actual, government certified organic product, and of the non-USDA products, two are from the EU and certified organic there, one is just an actual plant, and another only contains one non-certified ingredient. To keep this story from being 3,000 words long, the product descriptions are all concise, but if you have any questions I'd love to answer them. And if you have additional product suggestions, I'd love to see them in the comments! Here's how I get my skin in good shape, naturally:
First things first: soften up with fancy water face spritz. I use John Masters Organics Lavender Hydrating Mist
* because it has The Perfect Spray™. Organic brands are notorious for having terrible packaging, but not the John Masters atomizer; it's a delight to use. Also, the mist smells like a sun-warmed field in Grasse. I like to imagine the Chanel lavender farmers and Choupette applauding politely every time I spray. Then it's time to clean. I'm hooked on the mango sorbet-coloredCalendula Coconut Oil from Kuumba
*. Calendula is anti-inflammatory, so it's great for sensitive skin, redness, bumps, dryness, etc. I rub a teaspoon between my fingertips to melt it, then massage it in gentle, quick circles for about a minute. After that, I wet a muslin washcloth in warm water and gently work the oil off.
I'm a wuss with exfoliation—you're supposed to treat your face like silk, after all—so I bring out the konjac sponge
for daily decongesting and brightening. Konjac is actually a root (thanks, Nature!), which makes them eco-friendly in addition to being a godsend for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Plus, it's fun to tell people you've been rubbing a tuber on your face. At night, I'll also layer on Éminence Organics Citrus + Kale Potent C + E Tonic
(available online June 1), which has lots of acidic Vitamin C to help with texture and clogged pores.
If my skin is dry, the way it was every damn day this NY winter and nonexistent spring, the next step is rose hip oil
*. It's 1) deeply hydrating, and 2) deeply orange—like natural self-tanner without the risk of becoming a human tangerine. Just a couple of drops works fine!
If you haven't tried Sanre, please do. I have yet to try a product of theirs that isn't superb. I have dry skin, so I use the Supple Sunshine Rosemary Lavender Day Cream
*. My only warning would be that the name's a bit of a misnomer, because Supple Sunshine is more a solid serum than a cream. That's actually a plus for me—still moisturizes and protects, but also thin and quick to absorb. Generally, it's happiness in a Whole Foods jar, and I hope it never changes. To continue reading, including tips on organic acne, eyecare, and sunblock solutions, visit Into The Gloss