When it comes to skincare, everyone has a set of standards they like to adhere to, and for some, one such priority is products that are certified organic. Personally, I’m no purist when it comes to organic skincare, but having tried many serums, creams and elixirs in my time, I can appreciate a good organic one when I see it. So if organic skincare (or just good skincare, for that matter) is important to you, you’ll find the below edit very useful.
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Keep scrolling for the best organic skincare, according to beauty editor Emily Algar.
One lesson I learnt in 2020 is the difference between a good hand cream, and a great one. This certified organic option from Grown is thankfully the latter. It’s creamy and hydrating, but sinks in quickly and won’t leave hands feeling greasy. My favourite touch though is the baby-pink tube and the delicate rose scent. It’s divine.
Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream ($30)
Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Liquid Soap in Lavender
It really doesn't get more multi-purpose than this. This simple, foaming liquid soap is made on a base of coconut, hemp and olive oil, making it perfect for just about anything, from washing your body to your pets (true story). I especially love the lavender iteration in the shower before bed. It leaves skin soft and clean, won’t cause any dramas with your plumping, and in a pinch works as a shampoo. How good!
This product is legendary in the beauty editor community, and for good reason. It’s essentially an organic tanning facial water that you simply apply to dry skin, and it’ll reward you with a luminous, healthy-looking wash of colour. I especially love it as a means to even out skin tone and minimise the look of pigmentation. It contains hyaluronic acid too, so it doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or stripped.
For those who wear heavy makeup or spf daily, this is one of the best first cleansing options I’ve tried. Made up of olive, castor, sunflower oils and rosehip, it works a treat to dissolve dirt/grime/grease/makeup/sunscreen without irritating the skin. Simply work into a dry complexion, emulsify with warm water and rinse off. I like to follow up with a simple second cleanser to ensure all residue is gone.
Kora Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask
If my skin feels dull, rough or congested, I’ll reach for this. It’s essentially an exfoliating treatment that combines a granular scrub (crushed quartz and rosehip seeds) with a natural BHA (aspen bark) and papaya enzymes to slough off dead skin cells and dissolve congestion. I like to wear it in the shower, where the steam helps it work that little bit harder. I personally don’t like to massage the grainy element into my skin too hard, but you can use it as you see fit.
Weleda Skin Food
I’m yet to find a balm or ointment that feels as hydrating as this one. It’s a mix of lanolin, plant oils and butters, so the texture is extremely rich and buttery. If you’re incredibly dry, you can use it all over your face, but I love it on lips, elbows, cuticles, and when I’m flying long haul. Think of it as a barrier cream to keep moisture inside. Buy it, love it, thank us later!