Welcome to "Product Of The Week." Just like the name suggests, we'll spotlight one product every week that not only does what it promises to do, but that also upholds the green, natural approach to beauty and skin care we value so much. Trust us when we say you can trust our beauty editor, Allie White — in her time here, she's sampled upward of 400 different products. These are her favorites.
In the world of natural skin care, the rule of thumb is typically "less is more." The fewer syllables an ingredient has, the more likely you are to be able to pronounce it, which means it's probably natural. A label with only a few lines of ingredients is far better than an endlessly long list of chemicals and preservatives. If you can whittle your skin care routine down to only a few rockstar products, you've found your beauty groove and know how to treat your skin.
But I'm a beauty editor, which means new, gorgeous, amazing products land on my desk every day. My bathroom cabinets are overflowing with things I need to try, and my shower looks like 15 people share it based on the quantity of bottles and tubes (only two people use it). Needless to say, "less is more" is not something I find easy to achieve.
Recently, I've been on a face mask kick. The weird weather in New York over the last few weeks has been less-than-friendly to my skin, so the 22 jars of all-natural masks and powders-that-become-masks are frequents guests on my face. From fruit enzyme formulas that exfoliate dead skin cells to charcoal mousse that promises to pull out black heads to chlorophyll goop to brighten my complexion, I've tried 'em all.