As the new school year begins, students are concerned with looking their best. That doesn't only mean buying the latest looks in fashion, but also taking care of your skin in the safest (read: least-chemical-filled) way possible.
Here are some products designed to help you do just that:
Love Nature NYC lotions and lip balms
"Too much is a good thing," claims this bath products company that specializes in natural and organic bath and home products. Their grapefruit-scented hand and body lotion glided on easily and absorbed quickly, leaving a nice scent without that greasy feeling. The lip balm also does a good job of moisturizing, with cocoa butter, avocado oil and mango butter. Peppermint oil gives it a nice kick. The best thing about Love Nature is the company promise that its products "will never contain sulfates, petrochemicals, silicones, EDTA, phthalates, formaldehyde (yes, that smelly liquid you store dead frogs in!) or parabens." http://www.LoveNatureNYC.com
Ava Anderson Non-Toxic SUN products
Ava Anderson started researching safer skin care and beauty care products when, at age 14, she saw a report on the amounts of chemicals found in the beauty products – and blood – of U.S. teens. At age 17, she and her mother were named finalists in Entrepreneur Magazine's Entrepreneur of 2011 Awards for their success with their line of nontoxic beauty and skin care products. The avaSUN line includes sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers that protect your skin without the harmful chemicals that often make up sunscreens. The sunscreen stick is perfect for on-the-go protection, making for precise application in a compact container that won't accidentally open and spill white goop all over your purse or backpack. Plus, the minimal ingredients – zinc oxide, organic beeswax, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil – moisturize while delivering SPF 30 protection – WITHOUT fragrance (which often has phthalates), sulfates (often contaminated with carcinogenic compounds) or parabens (linked to breast cancer and endocrine disruption). You can also start every day with the avaSUN moisturizer with SPF 15 protection for soft, sunburn-free skin. http://www.avaandersonnontoxic.com
Derma e skincare
This skincare line, sold at Whole Foods stores as well as online, has a Youth Protection Philosophy: "How you care for your skin as a teenager will affect the health of your skin as you age. Using gentle yet effective natural products will help protect skin from the premature signs of aging, and keep it balanced and nourished to prevent blemishes and other potential skin issues." To that end, derma e has a whole range of paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan products designed for many needs. The Very Clear line features a cleanser, toner, scrub, moisturizer and spot treatment designed to clear and prevent breakouts, while the Vitalizing with Tamanu and Pomegranate line helps maintain healthy, youthful skin. The lotions in both lines are smooth on easily, absorb quickly and have little to no scent, making them ideal for everyday use. Available at Whole Foods or dermae.com.
Santalia acne solution
If you like the idea of using natural oils to get your skin clean and clear, try Santalia, a skin care line that uses Sandalwood tree oil to reduce blemishes without overdrying your skin. The organic sandalwood oil in its products calms skin irritations and combats bacteria. The line also incorporates Lemon Myrtle, Kakadu Plum and seaweed extracts to deliver vitamins, minerals and antibacterials to skin. The foaming daily cleanser that we tried helps clear dead cells with grapefruit and tangerine oils. The Santalia line also includes a refining mask, a daily balancing serum and intensive spot treatment. Its products are free of sulfates, artificial fragrance, dyes and preservatives. http://www.santaliashop.comCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun