Did you know that 60% of the products we put onto our skin absorbs into our bloodstream? That means that all those harsh ingredients and chemicals in beauty, hair and skin care products makes their way into your blood within seconds, with some possible serious side effects for our bodies. That is why it's especially important for women planning to get pregnant (or already) to be extremely vigilant of what you put onto your skin, as ingredients such as retinoids and salicylic acid have been proven to cause an increased risk of birth defects in babies (Scary, right?!).
If you're considering going clean (products that are ethically sourced and contain no proven or suspected toxic ingredients), or would just like to incorporate some of these safer beauty products into your routine, you can scroll down and have a look at the best clean beauty products I've tried and tested recently. Also, find the link to buy each of these products below, and a short and honest review of each.
I’m a sucker for cute packaging, so it wasn’t hard to fall in love with this insanely photogenic Jetlag Mask by rising-star skincare brand, Summer Fridays. After reading rave reviews online I couldn’t wait to try it and saw amazing (and silky-smooth!) results after only a few days’ use. Originally made as a mask intended to use after (or during) a long flight, it’s packed with moisturizing and brightening ingredients such as Hyaluronate and Vitamin C. This multi-purpose product can also be used as a primer underneath your foundation or as a day or night cream. Trust me, your skin will thank you!
Buy: Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask ($48)
Lala Retro Cream
I can’t praise this moisturizer enough! I’ve been using it as a night cream and I can say in all honesty that it's truly made my skin as soft as a baby’s bum. I love the creaminess and thick consistency of the cream, and the built-in pump helps me to use just the right amount of moisturizer every night. Also, a little goes a LONG way! Trust me, try this moisturizer.
Buy: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Cream ($60)
Facial oils are all the rage, and this one by Herbivore Botanical is a winner in my books. The fragrant blend of botanicals, including rose hip and CoQ10, prevents collagen loss and minimizes fine lines, also giving skin a decent plump of hydration. This oil has completely transformed my skin, making it feel more hydrated, glowing and free of redness. To see what other facial oils we highly recommend, you can click here.
Buy: Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Oil 50ml ($88)
Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
After using this serum for only a few days, I could already see the results and my skin immediately started to feel softer and I had an overall glow. This serum also reduces the appearance of dark spots over time, evens skin tone and boosts radiance. Definitely one of the best buys of the year!
Buy: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum ($79)
Slaai Make-Up Melting Butter Cleanser
I just can’t get enough of this amazing buttery balm and look forward to rubbing my face with it in the evenings. So gentle, yet so effective in removing every last trace of my foundation, it’s one of the BEST cleansers I have used (EVER!). As an added bonus, it comes with a little bamboo exfoliating powder which can be used with the butter for weekly exfoliation, and also a magnetic application spoon which attaches to the lid.
Buy: Drunk Elephant Slaai Make-Up Melting Butter Cleanser ($34)
I love applying this toning mist after I’ve washed my face to prevent moisture loss and also to prep my skin for applying all my beloved lotions and potions. Not only does it help my serum and moisturizer penetrate deeper into my skin, but it also minimizes pores and gives an immediate burst of radiance. This multi-use product can also be used to set make-up or for a quick pick-me-up during the day.
Buy: Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18)
This thick, multi-purpose cream has won multiple awards and skincare junkies swear by it, so of course I had to try it for myself. It’s intended to be used on dry patches all over your body, but can even be used as an overnight mask or a night cream, leaving you with skin that feels like its just returned from the spa. It’s insanely affordable too, so if you’ve been on the lookout for a miracle product for dry skin, this is it!
Buy: Weleda Skin Food ($18)
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