Skin Care

38022083_ml

 

We frequently assume that skin care products sold in the U.S. have been deemed safe through rigorous testing. However, a 1938 federal law that governs the cosmetic industry provides for very few strong safety regulations.[1] In fact, not one cosmetic product must be tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market.[2] Consequently, whereas more than 1,100 chemicals have been banned in Europe, only 10 chemicals have been prohibited in the U.S.[3]

Many skin care products on store shelves today contain toxic ingredients that fall within five categories, including carcinogens, precursors of carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, penetration enhancers, and allergens.[5] Of particular concern are phthalates and synthetic “aroma boosters,” which strongly intensify fragrances. The so-called “Fragrance” that appears in many ingredient lists is an umbrella term representing a mixture of 100 or more ingredients, many of which are toxic. The current U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act allows “Fragrance” ingredients to be concealed as trade secrets, keeping consumers in the dark about the chemicals they are exposed to from scented products.

Best Non-Toxic Skin Care Products

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has evaluated the toxicity of hundreds of cosmetics products, particularly whether product ingredients have been linked with skin allergies, immunotoxicity, developmental abnormalities, and cancer.[6] We draw upon EWG’s work to identify products that do not have any or very few known/suspected toxins. These products do not contain any petrochemicals, parabens, SLS, chemical sunscreens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, or formaldehyde, among other toxic chemicals. We further refined the list of non-toxic products by selecting those that were not tested on animals[7] and were highly rated on both Amazon.com and Totalbeauty.com.

Products were assigned additional points if the associated company demonstrates support for public interest regulations, such as donating to progressive non-profit organizations or signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a project of the Breast Cancer Fund working to protect customer health and to pressure the cosmetics industry into making safer products. By signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the company pledges to make non-toxic, safe, and socially-responsible cosmetics for customers.

 

Product Category

 

Hand and Body Soap

Hand Sanitizer

Facial Cleanser

Exfoliant/Scrub

Pore Strips

Toners

Acne Treatment

Oil Control

Body Moisturizer

Facial Moisturizer

Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen

Anti-Aging Serums

Sunscreen

 

 

 

 

Hand and Body Soap

Dr. Bronner’s has been the clear leader in developing a effective, non-toxic products. Moreover, Dr. Bronner’s has maintained an unwavering commitment to such progressive causes as labeling genetically-modified foods, protecting animals from abuse, promoting organic standards, and advocating for fair trade.[6] Dr. Bronner’s is a certified B-Corporation (i.e., socially responsible) and has signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Compact.

 

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, All-One Hemp Peppermint, 5-Ounce Bars (Pack of 6)

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap

 

Other Top Non-Toxic Hand and Body Soap Products

Bar Soap

Liquid Soap

 

 

 

Hand Sanitizer

 

EO Products Hand Sanitizer Gel for Everyone, Coconut Lemon

 

The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray – All Natural, Aloe

Cleanwell All-natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Original Scent

 

Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Fragrance Free

 

 

 

 

Facial Cleanser

 

Everyone Face Cleanser

 

Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Control Gel Cleanser

Alba Botanica Acnedote, Deep Pore Wash

 

 

 

 

Facial Exfoliant

 

Everyone Face Exfoliate

 

 

Alba Botanica Acnedote, Face & Body Scrub

 

Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Deep Pore Scrub

 

 

 

 

Pore Strips

 

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

 

 

 

 

Toner

 

InstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Toner

 

Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner

 

DCL Glycolic Acid Pads 10%

 

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (4% glycolic acid)

 

 

 

 

Acne Treatment

 

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Daily Repair Treatment

Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Treatment Regular Strength with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

 

Paula’s Choice Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide for Severe Acne

 

Nuance Salma Hayek Correcting Spot Treatment Sulfur 10%

 

 

 

 

Oil Control

 

NYX Cosmetics Make Up Setting Spray

 

Zon Cosmedix Blotting Tissues, Unpowdered

 

 

 

 

Body Moisturizer

 

Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion, Nourishing Lavender

 

Kiss My Face Sensitive Skin Natural Moisturizer with Olive Oil and Aloe Vera, Fragrance Free

 

Everyone Body Lotion, Unscented

 

Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum, Multi-Purpose Jelly

 

 

 

 

Facial Moisturizer

 

Everyone Face Moisturizer

 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

 

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion

 

Acure Night Cream (for normal to dry skin)

 

Acure Sensitive Facial Cream- Argan Oil Probiotic

 

Andalou Naturals Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream

 

 

 

 

Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen

 

Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30 Tinted Matte Moisturizer

 

Andalou Naturals Ultra Sheer SPF 18 Daily Defense Facial Lotion

 

 

 

 

Anti-Aging Serums

 

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum

 

 

 

 

 

Sunscreen

 


Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Fragrance Free Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

 

Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreen Sensitive Side 3 in 1 with Oat Protein Complex, SPF 30

 

JASON Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30