Today I am sharing with you my favorite clean beauty / non-toxic products which I use on a daily basis (I keep reordering them over and over!). I have been using these clean beauty brands for over a year! I have a sensitive and combination skin and my main aim is to get a youthful glow, hydrated and balanced one. Also, as I am over 30 years old, I need anti-aging products to keep up with a firm skin.
I would definitely recommend these items if you are looking for safe, efficient and glamorous cosmetics. You can get most of them at Credo Beauty, Sephora and Target.
I consider that cleansing is the most important step to have glowing skin, that’s why I have started my review with it and ended-up with makeup.
Step A: Clean Beauty – Night Routine
At nighttime, I always double cleanse to remove makeup & impurities and to balance my skin. Since I started doing this double cleansing, I have noticed fewer breakouts.
Step 1: I start with the Caudalie gentle cleansing milk. I am using the Target oil-free eye makeup remover (paraben, phthalates, and sulfate free) to remove my eye makeup . It works well for my sensitive eyes although I am still in the hunt of a clean oil-free eye makeup remover.
Step 3: I use an alcohol-free natural toner (a must-have for sensitive skin). Although Caudalie Moisturizing toner is a very good one, I also love the Thayers Lavender Witch hazel formula or the Pixi Rose tonic.
Step 4: I apply a recovery oil at night. I am obsessed with the Caudalie Vinosource overnight recovery oil or the Josie Maran Argan oil. If I have time (or when I am watching a TV show) I also massage my face with the Herbivore Jade Roller after applying the oil.
Step 5: I religiously apply an eye cream. I have dark circles and I really need to hydrate the eye area to avoid fine lines. I am buying on repeat the Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Lifting Balm. You can apply it under the eye, on the eyelid, and around the lips. This product is the one which works best for me.
Then and only then I am ready to go to bed! If I can’t sleep I also take a pill of Melatonin. I try to go to bed without it but when I am stressed or if I need to wake up early I find it pretty useful.
Step B: Clean Beauty – Shower Morning Routine
Step 4: Every week: I use a body scrub . My current favorite is the Oribe body scrub.
Step 5: Two or three times a week: I clean my hair with a shampoo. I am using Oribe Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner and I love it for my hair (I have the 33.8 oz bottles but they have smaller versions). I also love to apply a hair mask once a week or to go to bed with the Josie Maran Argan oil on my hair.
Step C: Non toxic beauty: Hydrating and Protecting
Step 1: I use a hyaluronic serum and a hydrating cream for the face. It’s perfect for a sensitive and combination skin. I try to avoid retinol and vitamin c serum as they are a little bit harsh for my skin. Usually, I use the same brands for both serums and face creams for a better result and less skin reaction. One of my favorite clean beauty brands is Susanne Kauffman products which are clean, very efficient and with great packaging. My current favorite is the hyaluron serum and regeneration cream F. These products are expensive but I think they are a great investment plus the formula is cleaner and much more efficient than La Prairie or La Mer.
Step 2: I use a body cream. I think it is really important to hydrate your skin after showering. Oil or cream? I don’t really have a preference. When I go to France, I stock-up the Bio-Beaute High Nutrition lotion with cold cream and almond oil.
Step 3: Eye cream: I use the same eye cream for day and night (Caudalie: Resveratrol Lift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Lifting Balm).
Step 4: SPF. Regarding SPF, it really depends whether I am wearing a foundation or not. If I am not wearing a foundation, I use a BB or CC cream which contains SPF. My favorites are the Dewy cream from Beauty Counter (shade 2), the CC cream from Juice Beauty or the Bio tin SPF 30 cream (color Fair) by W3ll people.
If I am out all day in Los Angeles, I usually apply the Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV defense SPF 50 (it is a mattifying, broad-spectrum sunscreen for normal, oily, combination and sensitive skin types).
If I don’t wear any SPF and go out, I spray some Coola makeup setting spray SPF 30 (I always have a bottle in my car).
Step D: Non toxic make-up
I could say less is more but I love to be flawless and to accentuate my eyes. It is difficult to find good brands when it comes to clean make-ups. I have tried many of them and below is what I use on repeat and which does not contain paraben, phthalates, and talc.
Step 1: Correct
First I use the Nu Evolution Disguise skin corrector on my dark circle from Nu Skin, I then apply the Vibrancy concealer from Josie Maran under my eye, eyebrow and near the nose. Applying the combo: peach corrector + concealer is a game changer!
Step 2: Cover
I apply my foundation with a makeup sponge (which is also a game changer as it gives a natural finish). I love Ilia True Skin Serum foundation. When I need more coverage, I go for Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation or for Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation
If I don’t have time, I just wear a BB or CC cream. The Bio tin SPF 30 cream (color Fair) by W3ll people has great coverage.
Step 3: Accentuate
If I have a photo-shoot or an event, I use RMW beauty highlights around my eyes and lips.
I use a bronzer with no talc. I love the one of Han Skin Care Cosmetics. The color and odor are amazing. It is my favorite bronzer but the packaging is not very solid. When I am tanned, I am using the W3LL People bronzer.
Step 4: Fix it
I love W3LL people invisible powder to fix my makeup. If I am out under the sun, I add the Coola make-up setting spray.
Step 5: Lips
I don’t do a lot on my lips as I prefer accentuating my eyes. Indeed, as a French girl, our rule is to accentuate either the lips or the eyes. Most of the time I use a coconut lip gloss from Kopari. If I want some plumps, I love applying the Josie Maran argan sting plumping lipsticks. For an event, I use the lipstick from Nudestix magnetic matte lip pencil, it looks natural and the pencil gives a great definition. I also love the rosy beige sheer lipstick by Beauty Counter which also looks natural and has an ultra-moisturizing formula which gives lips a sheer wash of color, polished sheen and some volumes.
And voila! A long blog post with all my tips and what I have learned during these past years to satisfy my sensitive and combination skin.