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01.22.19

10 Clean Beauty Swaps to Start the New Year

By Kristen Bousquet
Photo courtesy of @iliabeauty
Category > Lifestyle

In the new year, you may have a laundry list of resolutions you’d like to give a go throughout the year — including going green for 2019. Of course, you can make simple decisions while grocery shopping to opt for the organic option rather than the one that comes with no explanation of where it came from. Just as it’s important to choose cleaner options for your food, it’s equally as crucial that you’re doing the same for your skin.

Similar to you popping pears in your mouth, whatever you put on your skin is digested into your body, so it’s incredibly important that you’re not pumping your body full of harmful chemicals. Many beauty retailers from Sephora to Follain have began to put clean beauty products on the shelves to ensure their customers are getting only the best of the best.

If you’re looking to make the switch to clean beauty products for 2019, look no further than the list we’ve created ahead. From skincare products like cleaners and body moisturizers to the products you apply daily when getting ready for work like foundation and lipstick, we’ve found the best of the best when it comes to clean beauty.


  1. CLEANSER :

    This daily cleanser is basically a cold-pressed green juice but for your complexion. It includes ingredients like kale, spinach, and green tea to deliver crucial antioxidants to the skin, remove makeup, and prevent breakouts, pH imbalance, and clogged pores. You’ll also love that the packaging is recyclable and the formula is 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free.

    Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

    Sephora,$36

    This powerful yet gentle daily face wash is formulated with kale, spinach, and green tea for the ultimate cleanse. It's effective for double cleansing, too. Sulfate-free, alcohol-free, and cruelty-free, it’s non-drying and 100 percent vegan. Glass bottles ensure purity and maintain the vital plant-based nutrients of this non-toxic formula.

  2. TONER :

    If you love a good glow to the skin, this toner can help you get just that. With the help of ingredients such as lactic acid, azelaic acid, grapefruit oil, and willow bark extract, you can use this toner daily to help you brighten and even out your complexion. It gets down to business delivering the perfect pH to your skin which many skincare products do the complete opposite of. The best part? It was formulated without sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, mineral oil, and more.

    REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

    Sephora, $35

    This effective, skin-resurfacing toner will exfoliate and brighten your complexion, while being gentle enough to use daily. By stimulating the skin to naturally exfoliate, lactic acid and willow bark extract work together to smooth, tone and help reduce the pore size, while azelaic acid precursor will brighten and help to even out skin tone for the perfect glow. 

  3. MOISTURIZER :

    For the clean, green beauty babe, Drunk Elephant needs to be a brand that you have on your radar. On their website, you’ll find a run down of “The Drunk Elephant Difference” as they are committed to using only the ingredients that your skin needs, not what will make their products smell, feel, and look pretty. This dry-skin moisturizer will rescue your complexion using a beautiful blend of rare African oils all while locking in hydration for the entire day.

    Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

    Sephora, $60

    This all-purpose rescue cream, whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, recovers and locks in intense moisture for hours after application. Plantain extract helps visibly brighten skin, while sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer easily soaks in and releases long-lasting hydration. In addition, antioxidant-rich fermented green tea helps combat signs of aging and relieves irritation from environmental stressors. Loaded with omega acids, Lala Retro™ is a silky, dream come true for tired, dehydrated, dry skin.

  4. SUN PROTECTION :

    reat for all skin types, this essentially undetectable sunscreen will shield you from the sun without parabens, synthetic fragrances, or oxybenzone (a harmful compound found in most sunscreens). It slides onto the skin delivering broad spectrum SPF 40 while also giving your skin major hydration and calming inflammation due to the meadowfoam seed oil and frankincense extract on their ingredient list.

    SUPERGOOP! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

    Sephora,$32

    This powerful yet gentle daily face wash is formulated with kale, spinach, and green tea for the ultimate cleanse. It's effective for double cleansing, too. Sulfate-free, alcohol-free, and cruelty-free, it’s non-drying and 100 percent vegan. Glass bottles ensure purity and maintain the vital plant-based nutrients of this non-toxic formula.

  5. COMPLEXION PRODUCTS :

    Perfect for any type of coverage, this noncomedogenic, hydrating foundation gives you a perfect Beyonce-flawless-skin finish without clogging the pores and requiring you to cake on layer after layer. Abyssinica seed oil moisturizes your skin and helps it look and feel more supple and soft. Shea butter soothes, supports natural collagen product, and reduces dryness. Yes, all of this is a makeup product. On top of that, it made the “Clean at Sephora” list meaning it’s formulated without harmful ingredients.

    Lawless Woke Up Like This Flawless Finish Foundation

    Sephora,$46

    This noncomedogenic, skin-nourishing formula won’t clog pores. It wears comfortably throughout the day with a lightweight feel that won’t fade or disappear. Antioxidant rich, skin balancing oils—including abyssinica and camellia oils, and hydrating shea butter—help support the skin’s moisture barrier for a supple, youthful appearance. With this formula, you can achieve full coverage with a natural, skin-like finish that never looks cakey or dry. 

  6. SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER :

    When it comes to clean beauty, Briogeo is one of our favorite hair care brands. All the products we’ve tried from their line (which is essentially all of them, oops), don’t sacrifice the efficacy of the product in order to be clean. Their Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo is packed to the brim with nutrients to make dull strands come back to life. Follow up with their Deep Conditioning Mask weekly and hydration, protection, and strength and easily within reach.

    Shampoo: Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo

    Sephora,$28

    Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo is the perfect addition to your everyday wellness routine. This nutrient-rich, green juice-inspired shampoo is formulated to visibly replenish dull and parched locks with a supercharged boost of vitamins and hair health ingredients. By harnessing the power of fruit and vegetable fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, this shampoo helps to support the vibrancy and strength of hair. This SLS-free, color-safe formula won’t strip hair of moisture.  

    Shampoo: Conditioner: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

    Sephora,$36

    Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask works in as little as five minutes to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry, brittle, over-processed, and otherwise lackluster locks. To protect against future damage, its unique NOVA complex formulation, packed with 95 percent naturally-derived ingredients, delivers an optimal blend of transformative nutrients. They range from B vitamins to rosehip oil, argan oil, collagen, and silk to transform damaged hair into shiny, healthy, lustrous-looking locks.  

  7. DEODORANT :

    This sweat-activated formula helps mask the smell of perspiration with a crisp and clean scent you’ll love to swipe on everyday. It features a time release effect that makes it incredibly long lasting compared to other typical deodorants. Formulated with baking soda (a natural exfoliant and skin purifier), arrowroot power (to absorb moisture), and coconut oil (for hydration), you can swipe on this beauty just like any other stick of deodorant and you’ll be protected without the harsh chemicals.

    Type:A The Visionary Deodorant

    Follain,$10

    It glides on like a stick antiperspirant, but without all the nasty chemicals. It’s made with a sweat-activated formula with a time release effect for long lasting protection against odor and wetness with a clean, crisp scent. Natural active ingredients, including a small, non-irritating dose of baking soda, absorb instantly and condition skin at the same time. 

  8. LIPSTICK :

    Aside from providing six beautiful shades that you can easily swipe onto your lips for a subtle wash of color, these lip conditioners also feature SPF 15 to keep lips incredibly hydrated at all times. Avocado oil and shea butter penetrate deep into your pucker to make your lips seriously soft to the touch. Not to mention, the antioxidant protection from these ingredients will prevent premature aging and free radical protection you didn’t know your lips needed.

    ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15

    Follain,$28

    Prep your pucker for your day in the sun: with natural SPF 15 sun protection, plus a bevy of antioxidants from castor seed oil and avocado, this sheer tinted lip conditioner keeps lips safe while targeting free radicals to prevent premature aging. 

  9. EYE MAKEUP :

    The girl-on-the-go will truly appreciate the simplicity of this eyeshadow. These cream colors slide onto the lid flawlessly to provide unique, light-reflective color that makes your eyes look brighter and more awake. With typical shadows, you can sometimes be faced with the issue of drying powders, but this glossy pigment is suspended in coconut and jojoba oil to give a non-drying, comfortable look.

    RMS Beauty Cream Eye Shadow

    Follain, $28

    Subtle. Glossy. Light reflective. Everything eye shadow should be, with all the benefits of raw mineral pigments. Flattering and youthful, the colors are vibrant--and work equally well on dry or aging eyes. 

  10. FRAGRANCE :

    Packed with 100 percent recyclable materials, this fragrance is described as “a long lunch with friends, lazy mornings in bed, and the perfect white tee and jeans”. This clean fragrance will have you smelling of a subtle, fruity floral scent with key notes of pear, jasmine, and fresh-cut grass.

    By Rosie Jane Leila Lou

    Sephora,$65

    Subtle. Created by easy living enthusiast Rosie Jane Johnston, this fragrance is packaged in 100 percent recyclable materials. By Rosie Jane fragrances are designed to be simple and effortless. They are phthalate free, paraben free, and vegan.