Cue the confetti, it’s my first ‘best of the year’ post, my absolute favorite clean beauty products of 2021! I don’t know about you, but I have always relied on these types of lists when doing product research. I don’t want to spend my money and risk my skin health on something that isn’t vetted, which for me means effective AND doesn’t irritate crazy-sensitive skin. I’ve spent time this month reflecting on the products I discovered last year, and what floats to the top of the pack for most effective and used throughout 2021.
A LOT can happen in a year, and when it comes to beauty products there’s always changes. What was your holy grail mascara starts flaking, your skin changes (and sometimes changes again) so that the moisturizer you loved just isn’t enough, a fab foundation suddenly starts causing break-outs, etc. And of course on top of all that, new products and formulations are constantly launching that just knock your previous ride-or-dies down a few notches.
Last year was a year of streamlining for me: I had too many skincare products in rotation, and frankly a bunch of makeup that I just wasn’t using (some of that was because there was a lot of not makeup wearing in general, thanks to the pandemic). I needed to hone in on very specific needs in my skincare routine (moisture/dehydration, and fairly regular battles with perioral dermatitis), and I’ve definitely moved to a non-makeup, makeup look…keeping things simple and understated seems the way to go here in middle life, as my mug definitely looks better (read: younger) with LESS makeup.
To keep things fairly short and sweet (and your shopping list manageable), this will list will only have green beauty products that actually launched in 2021 OR products that were new to me in 2021 (you can view a comprehensive list of ALL of my current favorite clean beauty products here).
So let’s get to it!