On Trend: The Latest in Natural Beauty

We checked in with our experts for a peek into what’s going in the world of natural beauty these days.

Internal nutrition for glowing skin

Collagen may be the first thing that comes to mind when someone says skin supplements, but there are a variety of other vitamins and nutrients that play a role in glowing skin. Try incorporating greens like spirulina and chlorophyll into your diet through a powdered greens supplement like Health Force Nutritionals Vitamineral Green or Barlean’s Greens which are easy to mix with water or in smoothies.

Manuka honey is another way to fight bacteria and inflammation in the skin. Because it’s made from bees who get their nectar from New Zealand’s manuka trees (also called tea trees…sound familiar?), it’s high in methylglyoxal (MG), a natural antibacterial compound, which makes it a powerful treatment for wounds, stomach troubles and a variety of infections. The higher the MG concentration the more powerful the antibiotic effect. Manuka Health MGO 550+ Manuka Honey and Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey Kfactor 16 are two of the most potent. Try a tablespoon mixed with warm water for a healthy boost.

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Charcoal-infused everything

Charcoal’s unique properties make it ideal for lifting impurities from skin and teeth, deodorizing and soothing upset stomachs. Activated charcoal, specifically, comes from natural carbon sources like nut shells, peat or wood that’s been oxidized with high temperatures, making it very porous. Those nooks and crannies then act like magnets to draw away toxins and impurities on contact.

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Superfood skin care ingredients

The nutrients in your acai bowl or steamed kale aren’t just good for your insides—they’ve got huge benefits when used topically, too.

Superfoods are natural, nutrient-rich, power-packed sources of vitamins and minerals. That’s why they’re getting infused into a variety of products that make it easy to treat skin to all the antioxidant benefits of our superfood faves. Get the inflammation-fighting benefits of turmeric and blueberry in this Beauty Infusion Serum from Skin Authority, the nourishment of kale and cactus in this Renewal Lotion from Pacifica and the omega-3-infused calming effects of chia in One Love Organics Oh Mega Oil.

Sustainability initiatives

Sustainability isn’t just about using FSC-certified paper packaging anymore. Here are a few of the outstanding environmental projects our brands have been working on:

Pacifica now offers free recycling of #5 plastic packaging through their website (to be turned into razors and toothbrushes via Preserve)

jane iredale has long been offering refills of their powders, mineral foundations and bronzers, so you only have to buy the compact once (no tossing!)

Jurlique’s 105-acre Australian farm is certified organic and biodynamic—and is fully solar powered, to boot

Speaking of biodynamic ingredients: Weleda, Dr. Hauschka and Eminence all rely heavily on biodynamic farming as the source of their botanical ingredients

Using Fair Trade ingredients is a hallmark of brands like Dr. Bronner’s and Alaffia 

Vapour Organic Beauty is phasing out all plastic packaging in favor or glass and aluminum with high amounts of recycled content

Reef safe sun care

The effect of chemical sunscreens on coral reefs is so serious that Hawaii recently introduced a bill to ban all oxybenzone-based sunscreens from their beaches. Fortunately many companies are taking it upon themselves to ensure their mineral sunscreens are completely reef safe.

Studies have shown that four main ingredients have been shown to cause coral bleaching in extremely low concentrations:  oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC). While there is currently no certification for reef safe sun care, brands like Badger, MyChelle, All Good, Goddess Garden and Thinksport have all ensured their formulations are free of these chemicals and bill their products as reef safe.