I believe it was beauty maven Emily Weiss who coined the brilliant phrase "skin care as makeup," which has stuck with me since reading it years ago. What a lightbulb moment! It's simple, logical, and in three words explains the value of good skin care: When you take care of your skin consistently over time, the texture, radiance, and clarity will improve.
I used to love putting on makeup. It was a romantic thing to have 30 plus minutes every morning to curl my hair and apply a full face: primer, foundation, contouring, bronzer, eye shadow, smokey eye, mascara, and a lip if I was feeling adventurous. But nowadays, I value sleep more than a face full of makeup.
Plus, over the years, I've learned how unregulated the U.S. cosmetics industry is. Do you know that America has currently banned 11 ingredients in cosmetics while Europe has banned more than 1,300? That means there are quite a few products on the market in the United States that aren't allowed in Europe because they are deemed too toxic.
Don't get me wrong. I've always appreciated the artistic element of makeup—it's so enchanting and changing your look can do wonders for your confidence—but in my purview, makeup should be a fun optional add on, not something you need every day to cover up the skin.
Of course, there are more green beauty options now than ever before, but I've learned that what you do consistently has more of an impact than the occasional Saturday-night cat-eye. It's like anything: if you want to see a change, you have to change something! At the end of the day, isn't the goal to "wake up like this," with naturally glowing skin? We thought so.
Here are our current favorite natural facial treatments that will make a difference in your skin, and maybe even eventually eliminate the need for makeup. Many of these you can adopt in your at-home skincare rituals, too.