10 Skincare Products So Pure, You Can Actually Eat ‘Em
Tuck those winter skincare products away with the blankets and sweaters and turn your eyes toward the sun. If your skincare regimen is more like Shailene Woodley’s than, say, Kim K’s, there’s no shortage of ways to keep things simple and true. From DIY citrus products to clean eating, it’s easy to incorporate fresh, organic, vegan foods into our lives, and a few conscientious brands in the skincare industry are getting back to basics as well. These creams, oils, soaps and scrubs go far beyond steering clear of parabens and sketchy science. In fact, they’re so pure, they’re actually edible. Using food-grade ingredients, these small-batch and mid-sized brands know that our skin is the largest organ we have and that we may as well feed it with things we’d eat too.
1. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap ($4-$18): It wouldn’t be a pure skincare roundup without paying homage to Dr. Bronner, the quirky but progressive forefather of the natural skincare movement. Popular since the 1960s, these multi-purpose, ethically sourced, ultra-pure castile soaps are so gentle, they can even be used for brushing your teeth. You can feed your brain, too, with the good doctor’s zany, love-centric prose printed in lengthy paragraphs on each label.
2. TastyFace Organics Salt Scrub ($27): This small-batch brand started in founder Kelly Ross’s own Oregon kitchen and has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its delicious scents and tangible results. Its salt scrubs in particular leave skin soft, glowing and smelling amazing. TastyFace’s lip balms and moisturizers are worth swooning over too.
3. Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub ($8): While we’re on the topic of natural edible scrubs, let’s talk about one that keeps us on our toes. We’re not saying anyone should actually eat something with pumice granules in it, but with ingredients like jojoba, apricot seeds and wild mint, it’s one small step away from getting poured over somebody’s ice cream.
4. Olive and M Cleansing Oil ($62): Olive oil is the star of the culinary world when it comes to sautéing heart-healthy vegetables, but it’s also this Austin-based brand’s emollient of choice. With oil from the Texas Olive Ranch standing front and center in all of its products, additional seed oils, floral extracts and a hint of citrus make for a perfectly balanced cleanser that removes impurities and leaves skin velvety soft.
5. Sukin Purifying Facial Mask ($16): For slightly more intense purification, this mask — made with gentle Kaolin clay, aloe vera, rose hip oil and shea butter — is like a spa experience in the wilds of the outback. The Australian brand is committed to making skincare products that don’t cost the earth — or your health — a thing.
6. Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist ($22): When temperatures rise, those of us with oily skin often struggle to strike a balance throughout the day between keeping hydrated and blocking shine. Juice Beauty’s perfect summer mist tones and hydrates with power-packed antioxidants and can be used as a toner, a travel spritz, a hair mist and even a tool to help set makeup.
7. Annmarie Gianni Anti-Aging Facial Oil ($50): Dry and mature skin types demand intensive hydration all year round, and the natural oils on this serum’s ingredient list read like the most delicious and colorful salad ever eaten. From berry oils to life everlasting flowers (yes, that’s a thing), this little bottle seem like a splurge, but it delivers.
8. Kora Organics Tinted Day Cream ($62): Summer’s not necessarily the greatest season for heavy makeup, so tinted moisturizer can be a perfect antidote to heavy winter foundation. Kora Organics, founded by model Miranda Kerr, uses green tea, chamomile, rose, aloe vera and seed oils to moisturize and provide light coverage with this day cream made for sultry summer days.
9. Elique Organics Whipped Cream ($38): With saucy branding and an emphasis on how seductive and yummy its products are, Elique’s “whipped” cream goes on cool with a creamy hint of lavender to soothe the senses. Great for aftersun care and wearing to sleep, it produces heavenly skin overnight and makes for some dreamy bedtime aromatherapy.
10. EdenSong Organics Bodalicious Butta ($25) and Zit Zapper Blemish Gel ($20): Look, we’re gonna be honest: EdenSong Essentials had us at “sweet orange oil and mango butter.” Its all-over skin butter is hands down dessert worthy, but even its blemish gel sounds like tea time with its lemongrass, sandalwood, turmeric and aloe. Who knew zit zapping could be so delightful?
What other delectables do you use to keep your skin in tiptop shape? Share in the comments below!