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Favourite skincare products from Living Libations, Tata Harper, Oskia, Drunk Elephant, Annmarie Skin Care, Leahlani, Suntegrity

Below I’ve put together a list of my all time favourite natural skincare products. All these products I have used myself, are non-comedogenic and won’t cause breakouts, I 100% stand behind, and would recommend to my best friend.

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Natasha’s favourite natural skincare products

Cleansers

LIVING LIBATIONS Best Skin Ever – My personal favourite oil cleanser is Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever. It’s not too heavy or too light making it suitable for all skin types. It cleanses as it nourishes and balances the skin. Frankincense Best Skin Ever is a little lighter and more clarifying, making it the best option for oily, combination and acne prone skin. It also works well at evening out skin tone and fading hyperpigmentation, melasma, and acne marks. Rose Best Skin Ever is soothing, a touch more nourishing and good for irritated, sensitive, dry or maturing skin.

LEAHLANI Kalima Coconut Cream Cleansing Powder – This is an AMAZING cleanser. If you have acne marks, hyperpigmentation, dull, or bumpy skin texture, this is a must try. It even helps fade my stubborn melasma. It’s such a unique cleanser because it exfoliates and resurfaces the skin, but it’s also extremely soothing and nourishing. It evens out skin tone, reduces redness, cleans out clogged pores and blackheads, and makes your skin silky soft. I like using it as a second cleanse at night (after cleansing with Leahlani Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil or Living Libations Best Skin Ever). I leave it on for a couple of minutes for a deeper cleanse, and rinse off with cool water. It’s gentle enough to use twice a day, and never dries out skin. It’s superb.

INDIE LEE Brightening Cleanser – This gel cleanser is the queen of all gel cleansers. It’s truly mild, yet very effective at cleansing the skin and removing sunscreen and makeup. It’s suitable for all skin types, doesn’t strip or dry out the skin, and doesn’t leave behind any residues. It’s also gentle enough to use around the eyes. If you are looking for a no-fuss easy cleanser, go with this.

TATA HARPER Purifying Cleanser – A refreshing gentle soap-free cleanser. Best for normal, oily, or combination skin, and great for hot climates as well.

TATA HARPER Nourishing Oil Cleanser – This oil cleanser is truly nourishing. Great for gently removing makeup and as a daily cleanser. The formula is moisturizing, and leaves your skin feeling plumped and supple. I recommend this for normal, combination, dry, and mature skin types.

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel – A luxurious cleansing balm. Especially good for milia-prone skin, acne scars, sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, and melasma. Most suitable for normal, combination and oily skin.

MAHALO The Unveil Cleanser Melt Concentrate – Love the benefits of oil cleansing but not the oil residue? This cleansing balm is just for you! It goes on like balm, nourishing like an oil, but rinses right off with water. An excellent makeup remover and non-stripping cleanser, and the cacoa citrus scent is absolutely divine.

TAMMY FENDER Cleansing Milk – Milk cleansers are great for dry, sensitive, and irritated skin. This one in particular is lightweight and extremely gentle, yet thoroughly cleanses all at the same time.

ONE LOVE ORGANICS Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil – This is a rinse-off oil cleanser, and that’s why I like it. You don’t need a washcloth to remove it making it especially good for irritated or sensitive skin. This cleanser does a great job of removing makeup and cleansing the skin. It’s also quite nourishing which is a good choice if you have dry, dehydrated or maturing skin.

Smooth Raw Honey – I’m a big fan of using smooth raw honey as a cleanser, especially for younger skin that is acne-prone (great if your in your 20s or early thirties, or younger). Best to use a local organic smooth honey or a manuka honey.

  • Instructions & video demo how to use honey to wash your face, click here.

Exfoliation

DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum – A gentle AHA and BHA exfoliating blend. I recommend this gel serum for gentle exfoliation and resurfacing, fading hyperpigmentation and acne scars, and brightening your skin. For best results, I recommend using it on it’s own every night, or every other night. Always wear sunscreen when using this product.

TATA HARPER Regenerating Cleanser  – This physical exfoliant is soft and gentle, so it can be used more regularly than most scrubs to maintain smooth skin.

OSKIA Micro Exfoliating Balm – This product exfoliates and moisturizes all at the same time leaving your skin super soft, bright and smooth. It can be coarse in texture, so best not to use on sensitive skin.


Toners

LIVING LIBATIONS Rose Glow Complexion Mist – My favourite facial mist. It’s gentle, hydrating, and smooths texture and pores. Great for all skin types, including very sensitive skin.

VERDURA NATURALTERNATIVES Lotus Hydrating Mist – A luxurious toning mist that softens and hydrates your skin. Made with lotus and hibiscus that are known for their toning and pore refining properties. It’s a delight to use and the hints of jasmine smells amazing.

ANNMARIE SKIN CARE Neroli Toning Mist – Gorgeous scent, and great to refresh your skin and for extra hydration.

ODACITE Rose + Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing Treatment Mist – Soothing and hydrating aloe-based toning mist.


Serums

LOA SKIN Botanical Beauty Elixir – This is the best moisturizing serum I’ve found for broken out and inflamed skin (acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, etc). It’s a lightweight oil blend infused with calming botanicals that soothe redness and irritation, while moisturizing skin and balancing sebum production. It delivers the perfect amount of moisture without clogging pores or being heavy or greasy. I’ve had great success treating chronic rashes that normally don’t tolerate anything – excellent product!

LIVING LIBATIONS Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid – This is one of my top favourite Living Libations products. It’s a hydrating firming serum that works to balance, hydrate and plump your skin. Used in conjunction with Frankincense Best Skin Ever, something in it helped fade my stubborn melasma completely (but must use the two products together). Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid can be used on its own as a moisturizer for oily skin types and humid weather, or layered underneath your favourite moisturizer for a hydration boost.

LIVING LIBATIONS Open Sky Sheer Serum – This has fast become a favourite. This is a hydrating essence that cools and calms the skin, and has a way of locking in moisture like no other. Skin looks bright, soft, dewy and supple. For extra brightening and evening out skin tone (and getting the perfected ‘glass skin’), I like using the Open Sky Sheer Serum with Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion (layer them). The combo of the gentle vitamin C serum with the hydrating essence makes skin look youthful and bright, plus it’s been helping to fade my melasma. If my skin is feeling dry, I like using Open Sky Sheer Serum with Living Libations Sun Dew Vitamin D Creme, this combo deeply hydrates and moisturizes the skin bringing it back to a healthy balance. The only thing I will say is the Open Sky Sheer Serum 15ml bottle is tiny and unlike an oil-based serum, you’ll go through it fast (like in a few weeks). It’s great for trying the product out, but if you fall in love with it like I did, you’ll regret not having the larger 30ml bottle.

INDIE LEE Daily Vitamin Infusion – This is an oil-based serum infused with vitamin c and ceramides. It’s gentle, brightening and restorative. This is one of the few vitamin c serums my skin tolerates (if you are sensitive to vitamin c, try this!). Besides the brightening vitamin c, I find the ceramides in this serum to be the star ingredient, it really helps to strengthen my skin, smooth out deep lines and wrinkles, and the serum itself if very lightweight, fast absorbing and moisturizing. It can be used on its own as a serum/moisturizer, or if your skin is dry, you can pair it with a moisturizer for extra nourishment.

LIVING LIBATIONS Soothsayer Serum – All-in-one moisturizing serum and facial oil, especially good for soothing inflamed or broken out skin, fading acne scars and hyperpigmentation, and eliminating redness or irritation. This jojoba-based serum is particularly therapeutic for acne-prone skin, it’s lightweight and absorbs beautifully.

LIVING LIBATIONS Rose Glow Serum – All-in-one moisturizing serum and facial oil. Rose Glow Serum is my favourite for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, plumping the skin, and giving it a radiant glow. For dry or maturing skin, I recommend using this serum under Living Libations Rose Glow Creme. The two work beautifully together to replenish the skin, and even out skin tone.

ANNMARIE SKIN CARE Citrus Stem Cell Serum (formerly called Repair Serum) – A brightening and moisturizing gel serum. The formula is non-oily and absorbs beautifully leaving your skin hydrated, velvety soft.

DRUNK ELEPHANT B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel – I don’t like this serum on it’s own, but I love mixing it with a facial oil or moisturizer for extra hydration. I really see the difference in my skin. Most notably, it smooths and plumps the creppy wrinkled skin around my eyes, better than most eye creams.

REN CLEAN SKINCARE Instant Firming Beauty Shot – This hydrating serum really does firm your skin without feeling tight or sticky. I can sometimes get swelling under my eyes and this is the only product I have found that really makes a difference in the firmness of my skin. Results are not permanent, but they last throughout the day.

LEAHLANI Happy Hour Balancing Serum (formerly called Champagne Serum) – This oil-based serum is a dream. It’s very moisturizing and calming for the skin. If you have red, irritated, dry or sensitive skin, I strongly recommend trying this. The base is grapeseed oil which also makes it compatible with acne prone skin that needs extra care and nourishment.


Retinol

THE ORDINARY Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane – This is obviously not a natural product, but I still think it’s an outstanding product. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different retinols and retinoids. I REALLY like this. It’s gentle, yet effective. It will smooth your skin, help keep blemishes at bay, keep your pores clear, and help fade acne scars and marks. I highly recommend this to anyone dealing with skin texture, clogged pores, dull skin, acne prone, or wanting to fade old acne marks and scars. As for anti-aging, it will help smooth your skin, but as far as firming it or getting rid of lines and wrinkles, I find a stronger retinol would work better.


Facial Oils

ANNMARIE SKIN CARE Herbal Facial Oil for Normal/Combination Skin – My absolute favourite facial oil. I find this oil to be so calming and nourishing for the skin. I use it as my nightly moisturizer and I can count on it to moisturize and balance my skin. This is particularly good for treating any kind of skin sensitivity, irritation, or stressed skin.

UMA Absolute Anti-Aging Face Oil – Light yet extremely nourishing, now I know why UMA Oils is considered the queen of oils! This is a beautiful oil in scent and texture, softening your skin and smoothing fine lines.

THE ORDINARY Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil – Rose hip seed oil is nourishing and calming. I know a lot of people who’ve used rose hip seed oil to fade acne scars and marks. I recommend this oil for all skin types, especially sensitive, dry, and maturing.

INDIE LEE Squalane Facial Oil – Suitable for all skin types, Squalane oil is very lightweight yet nourishing. I find squalane oil to be one of the best oils for sensitive or irritated skin. It’s lightly occlusive which helps to seal in moisture.


Moisturizers

LIVING LIBATIONS Rose Glow Creme – This is a calming and very hydrating moisturizing cream that works well to seal in moisture. I recommend it for normal, dry, sensitive or maturing skin. At night I like to use the Rose Glow Serum under the RoseGlow Creme for a nourishing overnight treatment.

TATA HARPER Clarifying Moisturizer – The best lightweight moisturizer I have found for oily and blemish-prone skin. This moisturizer softens and moisturizes the skin, plus reduces any redness or irritation, and has a matte finish. I like this as a day moisturizer, and also strongly recommend it for summer months, and hot/humid climates.

TATA HARPER Repairative Moisturizer – I recommend this moisturizer for dry and maturing skin, and dry or cold climates. It deeply moisturizes and hydrates your skin, yet it’s very lightweight and absorbs easily.

ODACITE Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme – If moisture and hydration is what you need, this time release creme is perfect. The consistency is closer to being a lotion. It’s lightweight, super hydrating, and you can feel it keeping your skin moisturized and supple all day long. Suitable for all skin types.

ILA SPA Day Cream For Glowing Radiance – Over the years I have used jar after jar of this cream. It’s a soothing rich formula. In hot/humid climates I like using it as a nourishing night cream, but in cold or dry climates, you can use it both day and night.

JOSH ROSEBROOK Vital Balm Cream – I love this! If you have dry or dehydrated skin, this is a must try. It’s a hybrid between a balm and a cream, so it’s very rich and nourishing, and very protective. This is especially good at night if you sleep with indoor heating or air conditioning and you need a product to treat and protect your skin from getting so dry. Also, if you use a retinol and need a moisturizing product to help balance and restore your skin, this is also good.

BIOSSANCE Squalane + Omega Repair Cream – This is great for dry and sensitive skin. There’s no fragrance or essential oils, and it truly helps to repair and replenish dry skin. I highly recommend it.

INDIE LEE Active Oil-Free Moisturizer – This is the best oil-free moisturizer I’ve ever tried. In fact, it’s just as nourishing as any moisturizer but minus the oils, making it especially good for oily, combination, acne prone and skin that is sensitive to oil. It’s hydrating, fast absorbing, skin softening and perfects the skin without being greasy, heavy or sticky.


Spot Treatments

VERDURA NATURALTERNATIVES Blue Fairy Concentrate Facial Oil – Formulated for acne and oily skin, this facial oil is one of the best natural acne treatments I’ve found. It helps shrink pimples fast and soothes red, irritated skin. You can use it as a spot treatment to treat pimples, or as a facial oil to balance and clarify oily skin.

INDIE LEE Banish Solution – I really like Indie Lee spot treatments, but my favourite out of the three is the Banish Solution. This stuff is strong and it works! It’s great for banishing stubborn pimples and closed comedones that just won’t budge. If you pick at pimples this is a great solution, because once you apply it, it dries down into pink clay-like coating on your pimples preventing you from picking or touching it. You have to leave it be so it does it’s magic overnight.

LIVING LIBATIONS DewDabSoothSayer Serum – This duo works particularly well for fading acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and marks left behind from acne and breakouts. For best results, every night mix 1 drops of DewDab essential oil blend to a few drops of SoothSayer Serum, and apply to your face and neck. Over the course of a few weeks you should start seeing your skin tone even out, and marks and bumps fading.

You can also use DewDab on its own as a spot treatment (dab a tiny amount on pimples at night).

LIVING LIBATIONS Zippity DewDab is another essential oil blend formulated to speed up the healing of blemishes and stubborn pimples. It’s strong! I personally prefer the DewDab blend, but I know many people who like the Zippity DewDab better. It’s one of those things you need to try for yourself to see what works best for you.

LIVING LIBATIONS Tea Tree Essential Oil – Dab on pimples to speed up healing and reduce inflammation.

  • Demo & instructions how to use Tea Tree Oil for acne, click here.

Eye Creams & Lash Treatments

100% PURE Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream – Great eye cream for reducing puffiness under the eye. It absorbs well and doesn’t have any oily residue, perfect as a day time eye cream and works well under makeup.

LIVING LIBATIONS All Seeing Eye Creme – If you have lines and wrinkles around your eyes and deep crow’s feet, you’ll like this. It’s a soothing and moisturizing eye cream that treats dryness and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I like to keep this eye cream in the fridge, so it’s nice and cool upon application. If you have puffiness around your eyes, you can pair it with Open Sky Eye Serum which helps reduce swelling and water retention around the eyes, and calms irritation (I suffer seasonal allergies and this serum really soothes my eyes). The Open Sky Eye Serum is oil-based, but extremely lightweight and fast absorbing, it can be used day and night.

UMA Absolute Anti-Aging Eye Oil – Want to wake up in the morning without puffy eyes? Use this eye oil at night! I’ve noticed a massive difference using this eye oil, not only waking up without eye puffiness, but also smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes. UMA Absolute Anti-Aging Eye Oil is nourishing, so I only use it at night, and during the day I will use an eye cream which works better under makeup and concealer.

Castor Oil – Every night I like to dab a drop of castor oil over the “crow’s feet” / outer-eye wrinkles, usually on top of my eye cream to seal in moisture. I also like to apply castor oil on my eyebrows and eyelashes as an overnight treatment (helps to keep them strong and full). An easy way to apply castor oil to lashes & eyebrows is buy castor oil already in a tube with a mascara wand for mess-free application.


Wrinkle Treatments & Anti-Aging

TATA HARPER Rejuvenating Serum – This is a rich anti-aging serum. Great for softening and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and giving maturing skin the extra moisture it needs to maintain elasticity and suppleness of the skin.

LIVING LIBATIONS DewDab – This is a great wrinkle treatment. This essential oil blend is formulated to heal and fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation, but it’s as effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For best results, dab a small drop of DewDab on wrinkles, or add a drop or two to a facial oil and apply it over your entire face and neck. I use it only at night.


Facial Masks

OSKIA Renaissance Mask – My ultimate favourite mask. This masks gently exfoliates, rejuvenates and hydrates your skin leaving it super smooth, supple, and bright. Suitable for all skin types, but I’d strongly recommend this mask to anyone that has dehydrated, dull, or lacklustre skin.

VERDURA NATURALTERNATIVES Fruit Complex Facial Mask – Want silky smooth, hydrated skin? This mask is it. The colloidal oat and aloe based mask draws moisture to the skin while the fruit enzymes exfoliate surface buildup. Such a gentle, yet effective brightening, clarifying and smoothing mask. Great also for hyperpigmentation, melasma, fading old acne scars and marks, and giving the skin a youthful glow. One of my top favourites.

INDIE LEE Clearing Mask – This is an outstanding clay mask. It deeply cleanses the skin and pores without being drying. It has salicylic and glycolic acid, yet it’s very soothing and gentle. This mask makes your skin soft, smooth, clear, and evens out skin tone beautifully. If you are prone to getting breakouts, pimples, blackheads, clogged pores or bumpy skin texture, try this!

UMA Absolute Anti-Aging Face Mask – This is an all-in-one purifying, soothing, and brightening mask. Most anti-aging masks are usually quite heavy on the “nourishment,” meaning they’re quite moisturizing and not always compatible with sensitive or breakout-prone skin. I was happily surprised by this mask because it’s more of a refining mask combatting clogged and enlarged pores, softening fine line and wrinkles, and gently evens out skin tone. Your skin glows after using this mask.

MAY LINDSTROM The Problem Solver – I LOVE this mask. This mask will make your skin feel fresh and glowing. It cleanses, brightens and deeply clarifies your skin, and makes it baby soft. If you’re challenged by breakouts, pimples, blackheads, enlarged pores, or you just want your skin to look better – this mask is a must try. For added hydration, I like to add 1 tsp of smooth raw honey to this mask.

LIVING LIBATIONS Royal Rose Honey Mask – This is a deeply cleansing, exfoliating and brightening mask. I recommend this if you are prone to getting clogged pores, blackheads, or dull skin. This will slough off all the surface build up revealing bright soft clear skin.


Washcloths / Flannels

GROVIA Cloth Wipes – The softest washcloths I have found. Great for the regular oil cleansing method using a damp washcloth.

BUMKINS Reusable Flannel Wipes – Soft, absorbable cotton flannels perfect for dry oil cleansing without water.


Lip Balms & Treatments

LIVING LIBATIONS RoseGlow Lover Lips – The Lover Lips lip balm range from Living Libations is amazing. Super nourishing without being sticky, heavy or waxy. The RoseGlow is my favourite, it has a slight red tint. The Vanilla Chamomile is without a tint, and just as good.

HURRAW! Tinted Black Cherry Lip Balm – I love the red tint of this lip balm, it’s subtle yet very complementary. I have a hard time not wearing it every single day!


Concealers & Foundation

SUNTEGRITY Impeccable Skin – This really does make your skin look flawless and impeccable (and so natural looking). Impeccable Skin is an all-in-one foundation and mineral sun protection (broad spectrum, SPF 30). The coverage is light to medium, it’s fragrance-free, oil-free and silicone-free, but it’s also very hydrating and skin softening. It’s suitable for all skin types, but especially good if you are prone to breakouts or acne, or have very sensitive skin. It has a satin skin-like finish, lightweight, and very easy to use. An all around winner!

ANNMARIE SKIN CARE Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation – I absolutely love this makeup! It’s a pigmented makeup powder that you mix with your favourite facial oil, serum, or moisturizer to make a tinted moisturizer, foundation, or concealer. You have full control over the shade and coverage, and since you mix it with your oil or moisturizer, the chances of getting breakouts or having a reaction to the product is close to none. I recommend getting the Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation Sample Kit first, because it comes with samples of all 9 shades so you can try the makeup and make sure you select the perfect shade to match your skin tone.

RMS BEAUTY “Un” Cover-Up – Great concealer for blemishes and disguising any redness or uneven skin tone. I love how emollient this concealer is, so it’s quite moisturizing which is good for concealing blemishes and pimples. You can use the “Un” Cover-Up as a concealer or foundation. It’s very pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

MILK MAKEUP Flex Concealer – This is not all natural, but the ingredients are not bad either. I love this concealer for the under eye area. This is the only concealer I’ve found so far that I don’t need to set with powder, it’s doesn’t crease or emphasize lines and wrinkles, and it’s quite long wearing. I highly recommend it.


Powders

ALIMA PURE Satin Finishing Powder – If you’re looking for a setting powder that has a natural skin-like finish, this is great. I find it undetectable on my skin and I can even use it as an under eye setting powder without it emphasizing texture or wrinkles. If you’re looking for a setting powder that still allows you to still have a glowy finish, this is perfect.

RMS BEAUTY Tinted “Un” Powder – This is my favourite powder for blurring pores and eliminating t-zone shine. If you’re looking for an air brushed finish, this is amazing. The “Un” Powder is extremely light weight, absorbs excess oil like a dream, and is buildable for a matte finish without looking cakey or powdery. I use this everywhere on my face except under my eyes. I prefer the Tinted “Un” Powder. The translucent “Un” Powder leaves a white/blueish cast on my skin.


Sun Protection

SUNTEGRITY 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 (tinted) – This is the best all-natural mineral sunscreen I have found. It’s moisturizing (but not heavy or greasy), absorbs really well, non-comedogenic, and fully protects the skin. It comes in 4 shades, no white cast and blends into the skin beautifully. If you prefer a face sunscreen without a tint, Suntegrity has Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30.

  • Full blog review, video demo, and swatches of both sunscreens, click here.

SUNTEGRITY Pressed Mineral Powder Compact SPF50 – This mineral sunscreen powder is the lightest and finest sunscreen powder I’ve ever used. Most are cakey and heavy, not this one. It’s translucent, blurs pores and imperfections, and has a soft, natural matte finish. This is good for touch-ups and sunscreen re-application throughout the day. The compact it comes in is sturdy, there’s a built-in mirror, the powder puff is soft and everything is refillable. A+ from me!


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Hi, I’m Natasha St. Michael, Founder of Inspire Beauty. I’m also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Natural Health Educator accredited by the Institute For Integrative Nutrition. I’m obsessed with skin care and self-care. I’m 45 years old, struggled with adult acne until I was 30, and now I’m all about preserving the youthfulness of my skin (and sharing all my tips and tricks). If you have a question about a product or need a recommendation, feel free to contact me anytime.

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