Why Clean Skincare Matters
For me, living a healthy lifestyle means I consider the foods I eat, the ways I move, and what I put on my skin. During my 20 plus years in the clean beauty industry, I’ve created vegan and organic skincare and hair care products that nourish my body. I've sourced ingredients from different parts of the world including India, Italy and Brazil's Amazon Rainforest.
Today I use my experience to curate and test products for our Crunchy Mama Box marketplace. I test products for efficacy and to make sure they are made with clean, functional ingredients, and sustainable packaging. I only add to our marketplace brands I trust.
So what does clean skincare mean and what do I keep in mind when vetting products?
What does “clean” mean?
When I test a skincare product—especially something that will stay on my skin all day long—I want to make sure that the ingredients are good for our skin and the environment. That’s why I steer clear of ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances, microbeads, EDTA, phthalates, petroleum (like mineral oil), talc and other toxic ingredients.
Certifications are important but also costly. We are a mission-driven marketplace that supports work at home parents, small businesses and start ups that initially aren't able to invest in expensive certifications. At Crunchy Mama Box we offer our vendors an in-depth evaluation of their ingredients and help them source from trustworthy suppliers globally.
One thing we do not compromise is on animal testing, we do not accept any brand that performs animal testing. If you want to learn more about ingredients and useful resources about certifications visit our values and standards page.
Finally, I consider packaging. This is a tough one as so many beauty products are bottled in plastic. We prefer glass, paper or other recycled and recyclable materials. We also offer assistance in sourcing eco-friendly packaging. Our mission is to help small and new brands with what they need to excel in the clean beauty industry. We love to help purposeful businesses thrive!
Beautiful Skin is Healthy Skin
Over the years, I have learned that an effective skincare routine should be filled with nutrients that will keep my skin healthy.
I look for skincare products with nutrient-dense fatty acids, vitamins and plant-based ingredients. With the right products I make sure to follow these steps: cleanse, treat and moisturize. Choosing the right cleanser, toner, face mask, and moisturizer for your face, neck, eyes and lips, is the secret to healthy, glowing skin.
Our goal is to also save time and money for you, and that is why we do all this work of investigating and testing to make sure all products meet our standard of excellence.
Use the Right Tools and Accessories
My favorite tools are the Jade Facial Roller and Gua Sha—they've really taken my skincare to the next level! I use them to prep my skin for cleaning, to reduce puffiness and fine lines, and in conjunction with a clean face oil to help my skin better absorb the nutrients. I even like to store my tools in the fridge so they feel extra refreshing on my skin.
Photo credit: Lauren Nygard
Feed Your Face
Remember to start simply with a healthy lifestyle—eliminating processed foods is a great first step—then begin choosing products that are healthy for your skin and for the environment. As you can tell, I’m passionate about clean skincare. You can trust that the all the skincare products listed on our marketplace have been made with clean ingredients that work!
Other factors like managing stress, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep can be just as important as what you put on your skin.
At Crunchy Mama Box we offer health & wellness resources to help you and your family on your journey to living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. If you are looking for a safe place to vent, find love and support, join our private Facebook group Crunchy Mama Strong.
Lots of Crunchy Love,