Simple Skin Saviors
By Liz Ritter, Executive Editor |
In the world of skin care, complex isn’t always king. These 11 products take the guesswork out of hard-to-pronounce ingredient labels to deliver skin-loving, simple solutions all with five ingredients or less.
Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation
What it has: Titanium dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, mica, iron oxides
What it does: Makeup takes a beating in the guessing game of “what exactly is in this?” but this mineral powder, available in 16 shades, racks up only four ingredients to deliver a totally flawless look.
What it has: Virgin cold-pressed organic almond oil
What it does: With just the single stand-alone ingredient of virgin cold-pressed organic almond oil, this erases-even-the-most-stubborn-waterproof-makeup magic remover is the real deal, and, like all the brand’s products, it’s actually edible too.
What it has: Hibiscus, French green clay and lavender powder
What it does: This wildly colored and fragrant mask is so pretty to look at, but its potent, complexion-smoothing blend of flowers and herbs packs a punch of antioxidants—all while it feeds the skin with a natural source of alphahydroxy acids to detoxify, soothe and speed up cell turnover.
What it has: Kaolin clay powder, baking soda, arrowroot powder and plantain leaf powder
What it does: Whether you use it as a dusting powder or a foray into natural deodorant, this finely milled herbal powder absorbs excess moisture and leaves skin silky-soft.
What it has: Black walnut, oats, chamomile flowers and kelp
What it does: This Brooklyn-based company is all about small batches and “scent combinations,” a goal that does not go unfulfilled in this unique facial exfoliator that smells amazing and make your skin look even better.
What it has: Salt, patchouli, ylang-ylang and lavender essential oils
What it does: OK, so technically this all-natural bath soak goes over the five ingredient mark, but it only does so because it’s so specific about the three types of salts that are used (sea, Epsom and Dendritic). When mixed with the specially selected essential oils, it delivers a relaxation-inducing bath that helps drift you off to a better night’s sleep.
What it has: Sunflower oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower wax, essential oil blend (anise, lavandin grosso), vitamin E
What it does: Creamy, moisturizing and vegan to boot, this mega-moisturizing lip cream nourishes lips on contact for hydration that lasts the day.
What it has: Coconut oil
What it does: Formulated with the single-ingredient wonder of fractionated coconut oil (according to the company, it’s a form of the oil that’s extracted from virgin coconut butter without any chemical help), this lightweight cleanser takes off the day while working double-duty as a supergentle eye-makeup remover.
What it has: Prickly pear seed oil, argan oil and rose oil
What it does: This organic, 100 percent natural, oil-powered anti-aging serum delivers serious hydration in a rare, radiance-boosting formula (according to the company, it takes 1,500 pounds of prickly pear fruit farmed from Morocco for one liter of this precious plant oil).
What it has: Rosehip juice, spring water and salicylic acid
What it does: Packed with high levels of vitamin C, this calming toner purifies and soothes oily and sensitive skin types to calm skin while it tackles breakouts.
What it has: Sweet almond oil, Organic argan oil, Jojoba seed oil*/vanilla planifolia fruit, Wheat germ oil
What it does: Ultra-hydrating but never oily, this tiny take-everywhere nail oil fixes all cuticle flaws—but the fragrance smells so great you'll likely be using it for everything.