Making the switch to natural skin care brands can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! First things first—don’t try to overhaul your entire routine at once. Instead, simply commit to swapping out conventional products with natural options one at a time, as you run out. That way you’ll have plenty of time to research alternatives, and you won’t waste products you already have. Ready to get started? Here’s our list of the top brands to include in your skin care regimen.
What makes a skin care brand the best? To us, it’s all about high-quality ingredients that take a cue from the earth (think oils like avocado, coconut, or jojoba, shea butter, or botanicals found in nature), and formulas that are free of parabens, phthalates, and other harsh chemicals.
The founder of Babo Botanicals is a former Peace Corps volunteer and worked in product development for more than a decade before launching her own line. The brand makes safe, effective, botanical-inspired hair, skin, and sun products—with a special focus on kid-friendly options—that are safe for sensitive skin. It’s skin care the whole family can use and enjoy!
These calming wipes are ideal for clean-ups on the go and a must-have for your travel bag. They’re hypoallergenic and infused with lavender to soothe your senses while you wipe away grime. Use them to remove makeup before a workout, wipe dirt or food residue from kids’ hands and faces, or freshen up any time.
“If you enjoy the outdoors, these are a must-have. I didn’t get them for everyday use, but when I’m camping they are perfect!”
Portable and hydrating, this spill-proof stick lets you skip packing liquid lotion. With natural ingredients like medical-grade colloidal oatmeal and shea and cocoa butters, it’s extra soothing, even for kiddos. Try it on chapped lips, bug bites, or anywhere you have a patch of dry skin.
“I’ve been carrying this in my pocket for the past few days, using it regularly, and love this format. The product is great—goes on smoothly and really hydrates quickly with a little ‘pop’ from the eucalyptus and peppermint.”
The whole family will love this sunscreen that’s high-performing, convenient (hello, stick), and easy to apply, even on squirmy kids. The SPF 50 provides 80 minutes of water- and sweat-resistance, plus UVA and UVB protection. Moisturizing ingredients like organic shea butter, avocado oil, and jojoba oil keep skin from drying out, too.
“Used it on three pale children and no sunburn!”
It all started in 1847 when Henry Thayer, M.D. opened a lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts to develop his line of herbal extracts. To this day, one of the brand’s key ingredients is organic witch hazel sourced from a family farm in Connecticut. Since the products aren’t distilled, they contain more tannins—naturally occurring substances found in the bark and skin of some plants which have mild antioxidant properties. That makes them even more effective in helping your skin stay balanced and relieving irritation.
Give your skin a deep clean when you use this floral toner. With regular use, you’ll help clear up blemishes and acne and improve skin’s overall appearance. Best of all, because the formula is made with a handful of natural ingredients and no chemicals, it’s great for dry or sensitive skin.
This original formula features aloe vera and is paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan. It’s also made with a proprietary witch hazel extract, which will leave your skin feeling invigorated every time you use it.
Refresh your skin with the cooling power of cucumber, which delivers vitamin C and caffeic acid to the skin to help reduce puffiness and irritation. Mist your face anytime you need a pick-me-up!
Acure takes your skin and hair from blah to brilliant. How? By combining powerful natural ingredients to create its signature products. The company is also committed to charitable work, sustainability, and keeping pesticides off your skin.
For all skin types, this refreshing facial scrub blends oceanic ingredients like French green clay and sea kelp to naturally exfoliate skin, plus Madonna lily, an all-natural brightening agent.
Meet a true skin superfood rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins. This multitasker can be used to nourish split ends, cuticles, the face, and the body. It’s lightweight and easily absorbed—liquid gold is an understatement!
This gentle, hydrating cleanser was made for sensitive skin. The soothing formula blends hydrating argan oil, peony extract, and sunflower amino acids.
Inspired by a bout of hormonal acne, the founder of Cocokind decided to make a skin care line using ethically sourced, pure ingredients. (No preservatives or chemicals here!). The products not only benefit your skin, but also support organic farmers who plant and harvest the seeds, too.
Chia oil, a true superfood, is the base of this balancing oil that delivers omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. It’s infused with calming chamomile and is lightweight enough to sink right into the skin.
Get a spa treatment right at home with a mask that leaves your complexion soft and supple. Chlorella, wheatgrass, and spirulina help detoxify skin, relieve breakouts, and impart a natural glow.
Turmeric and ginger aren’t just for cooking—they can help balance your skin, too. This stick helps calm inflammation (and don’t worry, it won’t stain).
Alaffia offers natural skin care options for the whole family and empowers communities in West Africa through fair trade. The company pays a fair price and living wage to local growers, provides safe work conditions, and upholds environment-friendly and sustainable practices.
Here’s a rich, foaming face wash that easily removes eye makeup, impurities, and environmental pollutants, and rinses clean to leave behind soft, smooth skin.
Wake up to radiance! This moisturizing cream heals skin while you sleep courtesy of fair trade coconut oil, papaya, and kpangnan butter, three nourishing ingredients that help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Tallow in face cream? Yep—because it’s high in omega-3s and other nutrients, it’s incredibly nourishing for all types of skin. The formula is also made with soothing myrrh and natural oils and butters.
Don’t worry about stripping your skin—this cleansing oil helps pores open up and removes dirt and makeup with castor, avocado, and extra virgin olive oils, plus more natural ingredients.
MyChelle, founded in Colorado in 2000, employs sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing practices and ethical sourcing standards to create targeted skin treatments like serums, moisturizers, cleansers, and exfoliators. Bonus: Every item is cruelty-free.
This lightweight, 100 percent mineral-based sunscreen has a soft tint to help protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. It goes on sheer and is oil-free, too.
Each bottle of this moisturizing serum is infused with vitamin C to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and plant stem cells to help protect the skin from environmental stressors.
Unveil radiant skin with the help of hyaluronic acid, squalane, phospholipids, and organic rosehip oil—all ingredients that deeply hydrate while providing antioxidants.
Certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Nourish Organic launched in 2003 and makes chemical-free and environmentally-friendly skin care products.
This eye cream starts with avocado oil and argan oil, which nourishes the delicate skin around the eyes. It absorbs fast, is full of nutrients, and ideal for normal to dry skin.
Rid your skin of impurities without drying, irritating, or causing redness, and enjoy the benefits of soothing cucumber, plus watercress to help protect against free-radical damage.
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