The Low Waste Skincare Guide

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When we started being mindful of our consumption habits and waste output, we were tempted to keep our skincare regimen as minimal as possible. And we were tempted to have a product selection that promoted an expert minimalist routine. 

We know we aren't alone. For many of us, our first exposures to low waste products led us to believe we should only be using products from the kitchen on our skin, or that anything with more than 3 or 4 ingredients was over-complicated and unnecessary. 

But we know that for some of us, minimal just doesn't work when it comes to our skin. We might have specific concerns that we want to target, or we might know that a multi-step regimen is our best shot at great results. And we know that sometimes synthetic and hard-to-pronounce ingredients have been proven to offer benefits to our skin that you simply can't find in a product out of your kitchen cabinet. So instead of relying solely on minimalism to achieve a low waste and plastic-minimal personal care routine, we're sharing some products for a variety of skin concerns and for each step in your regimen. Because having glowy skin and minimizing plastic and waste are not mutually exclusive pursuits! 

Hyperpigmentation/Dark Spots

Cleanser: Balancing Cleanser is rightfully named. It simultaneously cleanses and retains moisture, while balancing out your complexion by reducing the appearance of redness and scars.

Exfoliate: Hawaiian Beauty Water is a gentle “chemical” exfoliant (as opposed to a “physical” exfoliant that uses abrasion). It relies on papaya enzymes and hibiscus to deliver a luminous complexion, tighter looking pores, and a fresh face.

Mask: Glycolic Intensive MasquePF exfoliates to soften rough skin and refresh dullness and congestion. Glycolic acid gently buffs away dead skin cells to reveal bright & baby-smooth skin.

Toner: Replenishing Toner soothes & hydrates with aloe leaf juice and botanical extracts. Wasabi and hibiscus deliver a supple, fresh glow.

Serum: Brightening C-Serum evens complexion, treats discoloration, and contains anti-oxidants for pollution protection throughout the day.

Eye cream: Arame Nourishing Eye CreamPF is a light-weight undereye moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and arame seaweed to firm & awaken delicate eye skin and combat dark circles & puffiness. Elderflower + Yarrow Eye CreamPF is a firm salve that relies on an herbal infusion to lighten dark circles, tighten skin, and smooth out fine lines.

Moisturize: Deep Serum contains a potent blend of nutrient-dense oils, including some packed with vitamin C, that help tighten skin, stimulate cell regeneration, and brighten. For night-time, Aloha Youth Serum contains Bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative that can brighten and even skin tone.

Sun-protection: Tinted SPF MoisturizerPF is extra moisturizing and has a subtle tint to provide a bit of extra coverage. Mix in your hand with Brightening C-Serum for a lighter consistency.

Spot treatment: Iconic Elixir is a spot treatment that tames dark spots. It can be used at night for glowy skin by morning.

Aging

Cleanser: Refresh Cleansing GrainsPF contain matcha for anti-aging and quinoa to promote elasticity. If you're more of a liquid soap person, The Real You Jelly Cleanser moisturizes as you cleanse with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and prevent wrinkles.

Exfoliate: The Dry Facial BrushPF (use on dry skin after cleansing) or Wet Facial BrushPF (use with water while cleansing) remove dead skin cells, minimize wrinkles, and can help with lymphatic drainage.

Mask: The Glycolic Intensive MasquePF exfoliates to soften rough skin and refresh dullness and congestion. Glycolic acid gently buffs away dead skin cells to reveal bright & baby-smooth skin. The Refresh Facial MaskPF contains matcha and kelp powder, both of which have anti-aging benefits and protect against sun damage.

Toner: Replenishing Toner soothes & hydrates with aloe leaf juice and botanical extracts. Wasabi and hibiscus activate your supple, fresh glow.

Serum: For daytime, Brightening C-Serum evens complexion, treats discoloration, and contains anti-oxidants for pollution protection throughout the day. And for night, Aloha Youth Serum contains bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative that promotes the production of collagen and elastin.

Eye cream: Arame Nourishing Eye CreamPF is a light-weight undereye moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and arame seaweed to firm & awaken delicate eye skin and combat dark circles & puffiness. Elderflower + Yarrow Eye CreamPF is a firm salve that relies on an herbal infusion to lighten dark circles, tighten skin, and smooth out fine lines.

Moisturize: Deep Serum contains a potent blend of nutrient-dense oils, including some packed with vitamin C, that help tighten skin, stimulate cell regeneration, and brighten.

Sun-protection: Malu Day Cream SPF keeps your skin protected from the sun with a combination of reef-safe ingredients that deliver a light texture and don’t leave a white cast on the skin.

Acne-Prone

Cleanser: ONYX | Detoxifying Facial Cleansing BarPF is made with activated charcoal to draw out dirt & toxins from the pores. For a gentler, soap-free cleanse, Detox Cleansing GrainsPF is a water-less and soap-less cleanser that also contains charcoal to cleanse & purify.

Exfoliate: Wet Facial BrushPF (use with water while cleansing) removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores.

Mask: Oh Whale Aqua MaskPF has a detoxifying blend of botanicals that deep clean and purify pores. The Refresh Facial MaskPF contains kaolin clay to treat acne and bentonite clay to absorb toxins and remove impurities.

Toner: Porefect Toner is powered by a fruit acid complex to clear sebum buildup and minimize pores.

Moisturize: Soothe | Tea Tree Oil-Based Acne TreatmentR contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory tea tree oil that heals acne and treats acne scars. For night-time, Glycolic Night CremePF eliminates congestion and soothes rough, bumpy skin overnight.

Sun-protection: Malu Day Cream SPF keeps your skin protected from the sun with a combination of reef-safe ingredients that deliver a light texture and don’t leave a white cast on the skin. For those looking for a bit of extra coverage, Tinted SPF MoisturizerPF has a subtle tint. Mix in your hand with Soothe Tea Tree Oil-Based Acne Treatment for a lighter consistency.

Spot treatment: Pimple MudPF improves circulation and draws out bacteria in the pores. It can be used either as a spot treatment or a full face mask. Just apply, let it dry, and wash away.

Visible Pores

Cleanser: Omega Kale Cleanser contains tea tree oil and french green clay to clean clogged pores, cool, and rehydrate. For bar-soap folks, ONYX | Detoxifying Facial Cleansing BarPF is made with activated charcoal to draw out dirt and toxins from the pores. 

Exfoliate: Hawaiian Beauty Water is a gentle “chemical” exfoliant that relies on papaya enzymes and hibiscus to deliver a luminous complexion, tighter looking pores, and a fresh face.

Mask: Oh Whale Aqua MaskPF has a detoxifying blend of botanicals that deep clean and purify pores.

Toner: Porefect Toner is powered by a fruit acid complex to clear sebum buildup and minimize pores.

Moisturize: Soothe | Tea Tree Oil-Based Acne TreatmentR contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory tea tree oil that clears impurities from the pores. For night-time, Glycolic Night CremePF eliminates congestion and soothes rough, bumpy skin overnight.

Sun-protection: Malu Day Cream SPF keeps your skin protected from the sun with a combination of reef-safe ingredients. It has a light texture, so you don't have to worry about congested pores.

Dry

Cleanser: Moon Milk is an extra moisturizing cleanser that contains hyaluronic acid. It’s a 2-in-1 skincare regimen: both a juicy cleanser and a milky moisturizer. 

Exfoliate: Over-exfoliation can cause dry skin to get extra flakey, so start with a gentle exfoliation regimen. Pair the Linen WashclothPF with your daily cleanser.

Mask: Mineral Clay Face & Hair MaskPF is a calming and restorative mask that is perfect for sensitive and dry skin.

Toner: Basil & Yarrow Mist is an all-over mist (for hair, too) that soothes & balances thirsty skin. 

Serum: The Jelly Serum BarPF,R tames redness, nourishes, and calms.

Moisturize:  Deep Serum contains ultra-moisturizing oils like grapeseed, marula, and rosehip seed. Pure Hydration MoisturizerPF is a natural daily moisturizer that hydrates, protects, and treats tight skin. 

Sun-protection: Tinted SPF MoisturizerPF is extra moisturizing, and has a subtle tint to provide a bit of extra coverage. For a lighter consistency, mix it in your hand with Pure Hydration Moisturizer. 

Spot treatment: All SalvePF is a plant-based alternative to petroleum jelly that promotes skin repair and can be applied to any extra chapped areas, both on your face and body.

Oily

Cleanser: Use a soap-based cleanser like Camamu Face, Hand & Body SoapsPF, or Whole Body Cactus SoapPF.

Exfoliate: Avoid abrasive exfoliants that could stimulate oil production. Hawaiian Beauty Water is a gentle “chemical” exfoliant (as opposed to a “physical” exfoliant that uses abrasion). It relies on papaya enzymes and hibiscus to deliver a luminous complexion, tighter looking pores, and a fresh face.

Mask: Mineral Clay Face & Hair MaskPF contains clay and oatmeal, which both have helpful properties for oily skin. Clay absorbs oil, and oatmeal contains gentle, cleansing saponins.

Toner: Replenishing Toner is a pH-balanced toner that hydrates & soothes while removing excess dirt and oil.

Serum: Brightening C-Serum evens complexion, treats discoloration, and contains anti-oxidants for pollution protection throughout the day. It's a weightless hydrator that won't feel heavy or greasy on your skin.

Eye cream: Arame Nourishing Eye CreamPF is a light-weight under-eye moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and arame seaweed to firm & awaken delicate eye skin and combat dark circles & puffiness.

Moisturize: Kiwi Brightening MoisturizerPF eliminates age spots and sun damage with a formulation of botanicals that target hyperpigmentation. It's light-weight and won't leave your skin feeling greasy. For night-time, Glycolic Night CremePF gently exfoliates throughout the night. Glycolic acid is known to be an effective treatment for oily skin.

Sun-protection: Opt for a non-greasy sunscreen like Everyday SunscreenR or Malu Day Cream SPF.

Redness

Cleanser: Refresh Cleansing GrainsPF contain french green clay to calm & soothe redness and matcha to protect against sun damage. Balancing Cleanser simultaneously wastes away impurities while retaining moisture and reduces the appearance of redness and scars.

Exfoliate: Hawaiian Beauty Water is a gentle “chemical” exfoliant that relies on papaya enzymes and hibiscus to deliver a luminous complexion, tighter looking pores and a fresh face.

Mask: Mineral Clay Face & Hair MaskPF is a calming and restorative mask that is perfect for sensitive and dry skin.

Toner: Basil & Yarrow Mist is an all-over mist (for hair, too) that soothes & balances thirsty skin. 

Serum: Jelly Serum BarPF,R tames redness, nourishes, and calms.

Moisturize: Pure Hydration MoisturizerPF is a natural daily moisturizer that hydrates, protects, and treats itchy/tight skin. Deep Serum contains marula oil, which is high in essential fatty acids that can help reduce redness.

Sun-protection: Tinted SPF MoisturizerPF is extra moisturizing, and has a subtle tint to provide a bit of extra coverage.

Sensitive Skin

Cleanser: Bare Cleansing GrainsPF is a water-less and soap-less cleanser that also gently exfoliates. Moon Milk is an extra moisturizing cleanser that contains hyaluronic acid and is a 2-in-1 skincare regimen: both a juicy cleanser and a milky moisturizer.

Exfoliate: The Linen WashclothPF gently exfoliates as you wash.

Mask: Mineral Clay Face & Hair MaskPF is a calming and restorative mask that is perfect for sensitive and dry skin.

Toner: Sage & Rose Face Mist is a gentle toner that revives and keeps the skin supple.

Serum: Jelly Serum BarPF,R tames redness, nourishes, and calms.

Eye cream: Arame Nourishing Eye CreamPF contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and arame seaweed to firm & awaken delicate eye skin and combat dark circles & puffiness.

Moisturize: Pure Hydration MoisturizerPF is a natural daily moisturizer that hydrates and protects, and treats itchy/tight skin. 

Sun-protection: Malu Day Cream SPF keeps your skin protected from the sun with a combination of reef-safe ingredients that deliver a light texture and don’t leave a white cast on the skin.

Low-Maintenance & Minimalist

Cleanser: Camamu Face, Hand & Body SoapsPF or Whole Body Cactus SoapPF are both multi-purpose soaps that can be used for your face, body, and hands. Bare Cleansing GrainsPF is a water-less and soap-less cleanser that also gently exfoliates.

Exfoliate: The Linen WashclothPF gently exfoliates as you wash, and can also be used for your body.

Toner: Sage & Rose Face Mist is a gentle toner that revives and keeps the skin supple. You can keep it on hand for any time you need a refresh.

Eye cream: Elderflower + Yarrow Eye CreamPF is a firm salve that relies on an herbal infusion to lighten dark circles, tighten skin, and smooth out fine lines.

Moisturize: Earth Oil Face & Body OilR boosts collagen production and restores elasticity and can be used on the body, too! Moon Milk can be used as a moisturizer and cleanser! Or Agender Oil can be used for face, body, and even hair!

Sun-protection: Face & Body SunscreenPF can be used all over.

 

Packaging key:
PF = 100% plastic-free
R = refill option available
*If you end up with a plastic component you can't reuse, return it to us to recycle via Terracycle! Click here for details. 

 

Do you have a skin concern we haven't addressed? Share in the comments or send us an email. We'd love to connect you with a product to make your skin glow!

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