This is May product roundup by our beauty & style editor, Kayla Jacobs, showcases brand-spanking-new offerings and a plethora of innovative beauties to add to your repertoire—a barely there SPF mousse so the sun can get to kiss your skin ever so gently, a probiotic-packed toothpaste to enhance your mouth microbiome, and a cleansing oil infused with radiance-boosting white and purple rice—these are just a handful of the products you might be jazzed to stock up on and get your late spring vibes on point!
This is also the last roundup from Kayla. "I have loved my year at mindbodygreen, and growing the beauty and style section on the site to where it is today has been a true joy. Change is beautiful, and as we've discovered together, experimenting with your rituals is often the first (and most literal) step toward finding out about yourself on a deeper level. Oh, and it’s damn fun, too!
I'm excited about welcoming our new beauty editor who'll carry the torch and bring mbg readers all the beauty inspiration they love, plus more!"
It may be the first step in your skin care regimen—but for most of us, putting serious thought into a daily face wash can be something of a last priority. Have no fear, this his multitasking cleansing oil takes the effort and forethought out of skin care. Transforming magically with water from silky oil to creamy milk in your hands, the radiance-boosting liquid illuminates skin in only the best sense of the word—with white and purple rice extracts.
Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Oil With Radiance-Boosting White & Purple Rice ($29.50)
The impending summer season always inspires me (and I'm sure you) to paint all fingers in a rainbow-filled haze. Luckily for me and you, there's a growing category of
9-free lacquers, known as nail foundations, for their actual nutrient-rich pigments that give a mega-dose of color. Case in point: Nail specialist Dr. Dana Stern's new range of green lacquers—no formaldehyde, camphor, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, and completely lead-free. I'm a fan of Hannah (my middle name), a vibrant tangerine, named after award-winning journalist, producer, director, and author Hannah Storm. Dr. Dana 9-Free Nail Color in Hannah ($18)
I know you know that you need to use SPF, but hey, no harm in reminding ya. And secondly, when a cruelty- and chemical-free company I dig launches a sunscreen mousse, I'm gonna shout it from the rooftops. Thanks to the first-of-its-kind formula, the sunscreen manages to be lightweight and absorb right into skin without leaving behind any white marks. It's also formulated with blue sea kale for antioxidant protection and shea butter, olive oil, and avocado oil to keep moisture levels sky-high.
Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($34)
"Sometimes we forget that the microbiome isn't just about gut health. But the truth is that bacterial balance is important all over the body—the mouth, the nose, and the skin included," says mbg's associate health editor,
Gretchen Lidicker. Elaa's highly healing and nourishing probiotic toothpaste suppresses and inhibits the growth of bad bacteria while replenishing the good bacteria in your mouth. And bentonite clay binds to toxins and heavy metals to draw them out of the body. Voilà! Your solution for pearly white teeth and healthy gums. Elaa Double Mint Probiotic Toothpaste ($28)
Floral averse? Me too. But Jane Iredale's olfactory iteration on a garden in full bloom is pretty epic. Spring is a great time to reconsider your scent, too, especially if it can bottle be bottled so magically. This scent shares the season's bohemian spirit but is perhaps the most unabashedly spring-like, with sexy notes of lily of the valley, jasmine, and exotic musk.
Jane Iredale's Jane's Garden Perfume ($60)
Planted In Beauty
When two former La Prairie execs—Lynne Florio, formerly global brand president and Renee Tavoularis, formerly vice president of global e-commerce and digital marketing—launch a green skin care line and get
EWG-certified, you know you've just tapped into some beauty stardust. This clever water-activated cream cleanser purifies skin of any lingering traces of makeup and environmental debris without stripping it. Best of all, the whole line's ingredients lists are transparent, including everything on the label, so you know exactly what you're putting on your lovely face. Well Within Planted In Beauty Soothe + Soften Cleansing Emulsion ($75)
Sara Happ's clay (yes, CLAY) lip mask, is made out of buttery bentonite clay sourced from the Himalayas (bonus points given for its bubble-gum-pink color). You’ll want to slather a generous layer of this creamy formula over your mouth like you would when you're eating the frosting from a fairy cake. All you need to do is let it sit for two minutes or 20 (I'd most definitely go with the latter while soaking in an essential-oil-filled bath), and then wipe away any residue with a warm washcloth or tissue and apply a dab of rose-oil-infused coconut butter. Pucker up!
Sara Happ Sweet Clay Lip Mask Treatment ($32)