By Lindsay Cohn
Clean beauty has come a long way. You used to have to shop at healthy retailers to find products free of sketchy ingredients, but now that consumers are demanding transparency from brands, Sephora has blown out its selection of natural products. Recently the beauty behemoth took it a step further, launching Clean at Sephora and awarding a seal to formulas free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oil and more. Here are our faves for your face.
Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser ($34)
This pH-balanced jelly cleanser, loaded with complexion-loving ingredients like aloe and cantaloupe extract, washes away makeup, pollution, dirt and grime without stripping skin’s natural oils. We love the jelly texture and that it’s completely fragrance-free and leaves skin feeling super-fresh and soft.
Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum ($78)
While retinol is frequently touted as a wonder ingredient for turning back the clock, it also comes with some less-than-desirable side effects (plus, you can’t use it if you’re pregnant). This gentle, plant-based alternative delivers all the youth-boosting benefits—sans redness, irritation and peeling.
Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil ($44)
Want glowing skin? Here’s your new fave face oil. Powered by a trio of antioxidant-rich superberries—maqui, acai, and goji—plus prickly pear, this fast-absorbing elixir moisturizes like a boss, and helps even out skin tone. Apply it directly, or add a drop to your foundation.
Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème ($48)
From the moment you slather on this airy dream cream, your complexion feels hydrated, smooth and naturally dewy. It’s good for all skin types; plus, rosewater helps reduce redness. Added bonus: The sleek glass jar and rosy hue is about as Instagram-worthy as it gets.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($62)
Instead of a laundry list of ingredients, this natural treatment mask has an array of perks. Exfoliating willowbark and meadowsweet—natural sources of blemish-fighting salicylic acid—get an assist from pore-refining pink clay and radiance-boosting beet extract. No wonder it’s also an Allure Best of Beauty award winner. Apply it, relax for 15 to 30, rinse it off and check out your brand-new glow in the mirror.
Rms Beauty Champagne Rosé Luminizer ($38)
This holy grail highlighter—beloved by at-home enthusiasts and pros alike—more than lives up to the hype. The opalescent champagne hue is subtly iridescent and oh so ethereal. It’s easy to apply (borderline impossible to mess up). Plus, it looks lovely on all skin tones and types.
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