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From Cle de Peau’s $13,000 crystal-encrusted jar of face cream to the rows of skin care products at the drug store, there are few things in life that vary in price as much as facial moisturizers. With so many choices and so many price points, it’s no surprise that just finding a good moisturizer manages to be one of the most difficult parts of a skin care routine. Surprisingly a lower price does not always mean lower quality for moisturizers, and these five brands are a testimony to this fact. While each person’s skin type varies in its moisturizer needs, here is a sample of some of the affordable, quality products each of the five brands featured offer, all impressively $20 or less.  

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($13.99): Always a drugstore favorite, CeraVe was developed with dermatologists, and focuses on affordable products for sensitive-skin.  

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil ($14): Using oils on for the face may be a little intimidating, but women around the world have been using products like argan oil for years, the reason why Josie Maran started her own line of argan oil based products.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($18.50): Kiehl’s has had 160-years to perfect their formulas, and their Ultra Facial Moisturizer is a prime example of the quality skin care that has kept Kiehl’s in business all these years. 

Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer ($18): New York Magazine refers to the botanically-based skin care as a line touted by “starlets and supermodels”, making the affordable price points and the effectiveness of the products that much more impressive. The Buttermilk moisturizer is a lightweight, daily moisturizer with naturally exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids.   

Simple Skincare ($12.99): Already a #1 seller in the UK, the entire Simple line is free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and other harsh irritants making the daily moisturizer a good choice for those with sensitive skin.    
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Am I the only one who gets immediately overwhelmed when it comes to thinking about going green and ‘doing the right thing’, especially when it comes to cosmetics? Earth Day is the perfect excuse to take a step beyond neurotic thinking about how you should have recycled that soda can and into proactive research on how to start making better decisions for our health and our environment. Thankfully there are several websites that have taken this complex issue and simplified decision making with their informative databases and articles. These three sites are dedicated to helping you make safe and informed decisions about the products you use every day, without needing a degree in chemistry or environmental science. 
 
1. Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: Reporting to be the world’s largest personal care product safety guide, Skin Deep was launched in 2004 by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group to provide “practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals”. Their aim is to fill in where the beauty industry and government have left off by creating online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. They have eight categories including: Sun, Makeup, Skin Care, Hair, Nails, Fragrance, Baby & Mom, and Men’s.

2. GoodGuide: This site states that it “provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on health, environment, and social impacts of consumer products.” With over 145,000 products rated using a combination of scientific experts and a “sophisticated ratings system”, the Good Guide helps consumers make purchasing decisions that reflect their preference and values”, whether it be issues related to health, environment, or social responsibility.

3. No More Dirty Looks: As opposed to the first two recommended websites which are databases of product ratings and reviews, No More Dirty Looks is a clean beauty and lifestyle blog. Written by Siobhan O’Connor, an editor of Prevention.com and Alexandra Spunt, art director for Everlane clothing, the authors believe that “making safe, natural, and responsible choices can not only be easy but also luxurious and — the part that matters most — effective.” Easy to navigate and fun to read, the website turned into a book deal for the duo, No more Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products— and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, your guide to greening your beauty shelf.   

Image from Redbook Magazine    


Found in the fruit of the marula tree in southern African and parts of West Africa, marula oil has been used for thousands of years for moisturizing, cooking, and even as a leather treatment. Often referred to as a ‘miracle oil’, this beauty elixir is packed with omega fatty acids, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. 

Pure marula oil is similar to the ever popular argan oil which in its pure oil form is an all-in-one product: body, hair, face — you name it, you got it moisturized. Marula oil has made its way into a range of beauty lines being sold in the US, including Clarins, Fiafini, African Botanics, and Marula Pure. Get in on the trend early by shopping these marula-infused beauty picks.  

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It sounds too delicious to be true, but the power of coffee grinds and coconut oil combine to make one of the cheapest (and best smelling) anti-cellulite treatments on the market. Except ‘the market’ you’ll be shopping at will be of the grocery variety. The Turnberry Isle Hotel and Spa in Miami, a city where cellulite seems to have been banned judging by a stroll down South Beach, has shared their recipe for the cellulite combatting at home scrub. 

Caffeine is a popular ingredient in anti-cellulite creams and the scrub helps activate circulation and remove dead skin cells while living the skin hydrated. This could get messy, so be aware of surfaces that may stain and try to resist the urge to drink the DIY concoction. 

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of coffee powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (olive oil can be a substitute)
Directions: 
  • Mix the coffee powder and oil in a bowl. Use hands to massage mixture onto body in a circular motion. 

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Standing in an impossibly long line at Sephora, you aimlessly pick up the strategically placed items that line the shelves. A red label with the words “cleansing spa water” catches your eye. It sounds fancy. You don’t believe it will really work though. Before you can question why anyone would pay $13 for a travel size container of water, you’ve added it to your purchase at check out. That night, after arguing with yourself on the couch over the fact that no matter how tired you are you still need to remove your makeup, you begrudgingly head to the bathroom and squeeze this ‘cleansing water’ onto a cotton pad. It immediately removes your mascara, your eyeliner, and your doubts. Your skin doesn’t feel oily or dry. You’re immediately hooked. You’re welcome. 



This article was inspired by Koh Gen Do’s cleansing spa water, but two affordable alternatives are also pictured.  

Photo credit: starlights_ / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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