For those who may still think that natural and organic skin care is not as effective as its toxic chemical-laden cousins, you are sadly behind the times. There has never been a wider range of highly effective and sophisticated products available to help defy the signs of aging.
In fact, the most significant advances in the beauty industry most recently are in green chemistry. For plump, healthy, beautiful skin, here are a few muscular new products that really know how to pack a punch!
Snowberry Bright Defence This New Zealand import features peptides, antioxidants and extract of New Zealand flax–rich in phytosterols and omega acids–which New Zealanders call harakeke. The indigenous Maori people have many medicinal uses for harakeke, including wound healing. It fights inflammation, dehydration and discoloration. snowberrybeauty.com
Eminence Bright Skin Starter Set Hyperpigmentation and dark spots due to sun damage can be tough to fade. But with a bit of persistence, along with active ingredients like licorice root extract (a natural alternative to hydroquinone), a bright and even-toned complexion can be yours. eminenceorganics.com
La Bella Figura Complexion Radiance Perfector Vitamin C is notoriously hard to stabilize, but the C in this new product is derived from Australian kakadu plum stem cell extracts, which contain vitamin E, a natural vitamin C stabilizer. It also features barberry fig seed oil, evening primrose, coconut water and aloe vera juice to brighten, tighten and soften even the most sensitive skin.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum A viscous serum that absorbs neatly into the skin, this small Austin-based line features targeted products that are clean and highly effective. (Try the Exfoliating Serum with alpha-hydroxy acids, apple stem cells, peptides, too–your skin will thank you!) madhippie.com
SMOOTH & TONE
Organic Pharmacy Enzyme Peel Mask With papaya enzymes to exfoliate, and vitamin C to firm and tone, use of this powerful gel mask once or twice aweek will make the difference between having good and great skin. theorganicpharmacy.com
ESPA Lifestage A brand-new skincare line from UK-based spa stalwart ESPA, Lifestage features three products–Net 8 Serum, Stage Release Moisturizer and Stage Release Eye Moisturizer–specifically targeting those aged 45+. It features natural encapsulation technology to deliver peptides, licorice root extract, resveratrol and a host of other powerful age-defying ingredients. espaonline.com
Juara Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum This super lightweight serum from the Indonesian-inspired line is loaded with peptides and goji fruit extract to firm, sea algae and hyaluronic acid to plump along with clove flower and turmeric to stimulate circulation and provide powerful antioxidant protection.