Britta Aragon is a natural beauty savant—and advocate.
The founder of Cinco Vidas and author of When Cancer Hits: Your Complete Guide to Taking Care of You Through Treatment is passionate about healthy choices for those undergoing cancer treatments or who suffer from skin sensitivities to chronic dryness.
And in March, the New Yorker is launching her own line of natural beauty products called CV Skinlabs, the first for people with cancer or compromised skin.
Knowing how picky Aragon is about beauty products, we asked for her must-haves right now:
1. Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask
I use this clean-and-pure mask to quickly exfoliate and brighten my skin twice a week. It’s really effective and doesn’t leave my sensitive skin red, so I can use it before a night out…and its smells divine! $75, www.joannavargas-skincare.com
2. Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath
This is my spa detox wrap at home. When I travel, feel swollen, or want to cleanse, I use these serious detox bath salts. They help eliminate acid waste, sweat out impurities and balance my pH. I love them when I’m feeling stressed. They leave me feeling soothed and refreshed every time. $17.50, store.drsingha.com
3. Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir
My secret weapon for my fine, long hair! It helps prevent breakage and adds shine. I sleep in this oil once a week. (I just make sure I put a soft towel on my pillow case first.) Then I shampoo my hair twice the next morning to make sure I get it all out. It never weighs my hair down. $20, www.carolsdaughter.com
4. Eminence Organics Tomato Summer Sun Cream SPF 16
This is my perfect everyday cream in winter. The natural ingredients seem to nourish and balance my skin, which is prone to breakouts. And I love the texture, how quickly it absorbs, and the zinc oxide which provides sun protection. $58, www.amazon.com
5. RMS Raw Coconut Cream
An amazing multitasker, this one-ingredient cream is great at removing eye-makeup, moisturizing my elbows, and is best winter hand cream and eczema salve. I also use this as a neck and decolette cream for the winter. It smells divine and lasts months. $18, www.rmsbeauty.com
Beauty Bonus! Essence Of Vali Sleep Bedtime Ritual
Okay, this is not exactly a beauty product. But I cannot live without it! I put two drops on the corner of my pillow nightly and my whole room becomes a sanctuary for sleep. If I’m stressed or run down, I’ll take a bath and burn the oil in my diffuser. It’s so comforting. $17.95, www.amazon.com