This past year, we’ve done our fair share of face misting, oil cleansing, and body scrubbing to report back on the best clean beauty products hitting the shelves every single month.
After reviewing hundreds of beauty products (to the point of our medicine cabinets now needing to be Marie Kondo’d), several power player products stood out as superheroes for skin, hair, and body.
So that’s what we’re sharing with you now. Consider this your master list of beauty must-haves, 2016 edition.
These are the go-to beauty products we couldn’t stop talking about (and slathering on) this year, organized by category.
Your skin will drink up this rich mix of anti-inflammatory blue tansy (in gemstone blue, no less) and other nourishing oils that work wonders for acneic skin, redness, and dryness—use it in place of your moisturizer (or mix into your go-to cream) for that dewy glow-all-day look.
A glow-bestowing cleanser that pulls more grime and makeup from your skin than a product this gentle should.
OY-L Face Wash, $36
All the benefits of cleansing with Manuka honey, without the mess.
This superfood cleanser scrubs away dull skin with micro grains, brightening turmeric, detoxifying clays, and organic botanicals that bring out your skin’s natural glow (plus it smells like heavenly hibiscus).
It’s like a juice cleanse in the form of a face mask, thanks to the purifying power duo of kaolin clay and charcoal. Clogged pores don’t stand a chance.
The light-as-air—but mighty—moisturizer that nourishes your thirsty skin with nourishing plant oils and the fluffiest texture.
Acne-prone clean beauty lovers, rejoice—this ultra-hydrating moisturizer calms redness and won’t cause pimples as it packs in nourishing vitamins and nutrients.
This trendy brand has a serious skin-care cred (the founders’ grandmother was a big deal skin-care guru) and it shows in the no-nonsense combination of science-backed skin-rejuvenating vitamin C and peptides in a base of kale extract (antioxidants for the win) and hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture to the skin without feeling thick or clogging pores.
Found! An eye cream that addresses dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines with solid ingredients like caffeine and arnica (they’re the Drano of your under-eye area), plus peptides, green tea, and plant oils like marula. It’s worth springing for—and hiding it lest your significant other discover it, too.
Brighter, clearer skin without a facial appointment. That was the result we got using Gwyneth Paltrow’s formula for facial success. The one-two punch of this very effective, very tingly exfoliating mask is due to its gritty texture and its AHAs, meaning you’re covered in the cell turnover department.
A dry office/sweltering summer must-have for a calming, refreshing spritz of tropically-scented hydration. And it helps your skin absorb your skin-care serums and facial oils like a dream.
This body wash—which stars Arabian honey and black seed oil rich in antioxidants—is creamy and softening, doing the job of a hydrating moisturizer before I even leave the shower.
Applying this feels like slipping into a silk jumpsuit—it’s a total skin-soothing, body-quenching luxury, and the jasmine-sandalwood fragrance is intoxicating.
Meet the year’s do-it-all product that you carry with you everywhere. It’s a salve on dry patches, fly-aways, ouch-y cuticles, acts like a highligher on cheekbones, blends eyeshadow for a luminous look, packs your lunch for the day… oh wait. It’s almost everything a busy woman wants in a multitasker, and a favorite of Honest founder Jessica Alba.
The indie Brooklyn brand knocked it out of the park with their long-lasting (and moisturizing) deodorant that does the job without bothering even the most sensitive of skin types.
Coffee grounds, the main ingredient, are so effective at clearing up acne (and backne, and anywhere-else acne)—plus, the scrub makes my skin feel super smooth, and the coffee smell almost wakes me up better than a cup of the real stuff.
The antioxidant-fueled green tea improves cell regeneration (while fighting free radicals), and a load of moisturizing ingredients (like shea butter and olive oil) leave skin smooth without the tightness you find with conventional bars.
This hydrating, blemish-hiding tinted moisturizer gives foundation some real competition—and it’s also sunscreen, so it’s basically the perfect all-day, everyday product.
Getting glowy skin should never be a problem if you have one of these in your bag. It riffs on the the cult-fave RMS Luminizer by adding a hint of champagne pigment for a warmer tone radiance.
The bold, matte lipstick you’ve been looking for—made with certified organic ingredients and housed in a super-chic tube that’s refillable.
The black (but not too black) pigment hits the spot for daytime-to-evening makeup perfection—and the hydrating ingredients (aloe, shea butter, and a mix of vegan waxes) mean it doesn’t flake.
This magical cream de-puffs and brightens as it conceals with organic algae, coffee extract, and pomegranate (win-win). It’s from the stand-out brand behind the cult-favorite Expressionist mascara that we can’t get enough of.
A savior for course hair, this calms frizz, styles curls without crunchiness, and smells like a Palo Santo dream.
Their original mermaid hair spray is a great texturizer as well, but we’re obsessed with this creation which not only gives your hair bouncy volume (with no crunch), but an iridescent shimmer for an ultimate beach goddess look (be sure to take on your tropical vacation or use in lieu of one).
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