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The Best Clean Skincare Brands for Healthy, Glowing Skin

by Caroline Harris

The Best Clean Skincare Brands for Healthy, Glowing Skin
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Clean skincare is having a moment, as many Americans are scaling back on makeup and doubling down on their skincare routines during quarantine. The hashtag #cleanskincare has over 4 million views on TikTok at the time of writing, and even A-listers like Jessica Alba are posting videos detailing their cleaned-up skincare routines. Clean beauty products from Summer Fridays, Drunk Elephant, and Youth to the People are flying off the shelves, furthering the social media fanfare. 


Clean beauty is one of those ubiquitous terms that’s rarely actually defined, so here’s a quick recap. Contrary to popular belief, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has very limited authority over cosmetics, and the agency doesn’t require specific tests to determine whether the ingredients being used in beauty products are actually safe. In fact, the last major update to cosmetics regulation laws happened back in 1938 with the Food, Drug, Cosmetics Act. The onus is on beauty brands to ensure makeup and skincare are safe, meaning harmful chemicals and toxins can creep into your products.


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That’s why clean beauty emerged—it’s a catch-all term describing brands with greater transparency and products made without harmful ingredients such as sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. Stepping away from synthetic preservatives, clean beauty products incorporate natural ingredients like cucumber, green tea, coffee, and oatmeal in their formulations. Moving forward, advocates like Kourtney Kardashian are pushing Congress for better regulation of the cosmetics industry, but for now, clean beauty products can be healthier and more eco-friendly alternatives to conventional products.


If you’ve been meaning to make the switch to clean skincare but don’t know where to start, here are some of the best clean skincare brands to consider:



Take spring cleaning to a whole new level by refreshing your skincare routine with products that are non-toxic, earth-friendly, and natural. These amazing skincare brands will get you a beauty routine on par with the ones you see on TikTok—and may even score Jessica Alba’s approval.


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Overtime Mask


Summer Fridays is one of the hottest vegan skincare brands right now for paraben- and cruelty-free essentials. The brand aims to create products that liberate your stressed-out skin so that every day feels like Friday—which is a mission we can definitely get behind! This overtime mask is one of Summer Friday’s most popular products, using ingredients like pumpkin and apricot seed powder to fix dullness and fine lines while also minimizing the appearance of your pores.

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Summer Fridays

Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya


As you can probably infer from its name, Farmacy partners with organic farmers to ensure its ingredients are clean and locally sourced. This gel moisturizer is a great introduction to the brand, packing powerful ingredients like moringa water, papaya extract, and four types of hyaluronic acid to deliver lasting hydration to your skin. Gluten-free with recyclable packaging, this moisturizer caters to many skin types and has a lightweight feel.

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Vitamin C Serum


Based in Silicon Valley, 100% Pure is committed to creating products that abide by strict purity standards—that means no toxic, harsh ingredients or animal testing. Get started with its vitamin c serum containing green apple, grape, and soothing aloe. The serum helps promote collagen production for anti-aging benefits.

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100% Pure

A-Passioni Retinol Cream


Drunk Elephant makes sure that none of the “Suspicious Six” (drying alcohols, essential oils, silicones, fragrances/dyes, SLS, and chemical sunscreens) appears in its products, so you can get a full reset for your skin. If you’re new to Drunk Elephant, start with this retinol cream, which includes one percent retinol, three peptides, and vitamin F to make your skin more soft and supple.

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Drunk Elephant

Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub


Herbivore only uses active ingredients, resulting in highly concentrated formulas. This all-natural body scrub from the popular beauty brand includes virgin coconut oil to replenish your skin and has a soothing, rose-inspired scent. The effective formula is also gluten-friendly, vegan, and paraben-free.

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Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser Mini


Made in California, Youth to the People includes superfood ingredients like kale, spinach, and green tea to improve your skin’s health. Take this antioxidant cleanser, for instance, which acts as a cold-pressed green juice for your face. Plant-based and non-drying, this formula deep cleans pores while balancing your skin’s pH levels and removing any makeup from the day before.

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Youth to the People

The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer


Inspired by Japanese beauty secrets, Tatcha creates products centered around green tea, rice, and algae. This liquid primer is no exception, incorporating that same trio of superfoods to restore your skin’s radiance. After applying SPF and before applying makeup, use one pump of this oil-free primer to help your beauty look last longer and to prevent clogged pores.

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Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask


Glow Recipe produces skincare powered by fruits, including avocados to pineapples. Each product comes in colorful, fruit-themed packaging that adds fun to your skincare regimen. This radiance-boosting sleeping mask is a fan favorite that smells like watermelon and gently hydrates your skin overnight.

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Glow Recipe

Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash


Founded by Russian immigrants living in Boston, Fresh blends the best beauty rituals of the past with the latest innovations in skincare. This hybrid of new and old creates unique products like this sugar strawberry exfoliater. What makes the exfoliator so special is its blend of grape-seed oil for hydration, white sugar crystals for softening your skin, and strawberry for overall radiance. What’s more, the face wash releases a strawberry scent so that every time you exfoliate your skin, you’ll feel like you’re picnicking in a park.

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Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40


Ask almost any dermatologist and they’ll tell you that one of the best moves you can make for your skin is wearing sunscreen every day. This Supergoop sunscreen is weightless, scentless, and non-greasy, plus it protects your skin from the blue light of your phone. As a brand, Supergoop is completely dedicated to suncare and aims to make wearing SPF every day easy.