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Beauty Haul: Products for a Healthy Complexion

Of more than 1,110 personal-care ingredients banned for cosmetic use in the European Union, only 10 have been prohibited for cosmetic use in the U.S., according to TreeHugger. It’s unfortunate that the FDA doesn’t help us determine whether personal-care products are 100 percent safe for our skin. Instead, it’s up to you to read the fine print on your cherished cleansers, moisturizers and more.

Here, we’ve done the work for you. You can achieve a glowing complexion from store-bought products—sans nasty chemicals! Turn to these editor-recommended products for your skin. These fresh face solutions include a gentle facial cleanser, a nourishing moisturizer, a botanical-rich serum, a cleansing facial oil blend, and a balancing toning mist.

Gentle Cleanse
Deeply clean pores with this gentle French Clay Cleanser with DMAE, a natural anti-aging nutrient that can improve skin tone.
To Buy: $32, Clairvoyant Beauty

Sea Change
This Nourishing Facial Cream gives off a light, citrus scent and stars sea buckthorn, an herb packed with omega-7 fatty acids.
To Buy: $21, Sibu Beauty

Sound Splurge
Featuring antioxidant-rich vitamin C ester, this gentle serum is best used in the evening to naturally brighten and replenish dull skin.
To Buy: $68, One Love Organics

Clean Slate
With only three ingredients (sweet almond, olive and jojoba oils), this effective makeup remover doubles as a cleansing oil.
To Buy: $14, S.W. Basics of Brooklyn

Mist Over
Loaded with organic fruit extracts, this delightfully scented Sweet Lavender Toner can help restore balance to your skin.
To Buy: $15, Rejuva Minerals

Learn moreabout how to get a healthy, glowing complexion in our Guide to Naturally Radiant Skin.

Gina DeBacker is the associate editor at Mother Earth Living. She loves managing the health section, as well as testing beauty products enriched with natural ingredients. Find her on and .

  • Published on Oct 7, 2014
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