Good news for the average person who hates eating vegetables (yes, they do still exist): you might be able to ‘wear’ them instead. No, we don’t promise the same nutritional value, but it’s an idea that’s picking up steam nonetheless. The good news is, there are plenty of products that allow you to do just that. The better news is, these products harness the power of naturally grown plants and veggies and actually work to clear and balance a wide range of skin types.
CLEAN SLATE: Glycelene Cucucmber Cleansing Water might just be the most natural gentle cleanser on the market. Packed with the power of cucumbers, this water based formula removes all traces of makeup, dirt, oil and grime. It will even tackle heavy hitters like waterproof eyeliner, mascara, and most transfer-proof lip cremes.. What makes this product truly remarkable is that it manages to do all that without using harsh chemicals or synthetic additives. It’s also so gentle that it won’t send you screaming for the hills if you happen to get a bit in your eyes.
PRESSED PERFECTION: Some of the most innovative beauty products continue to pour in from Korea, and Blithe’s Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum is no exception. It is made mostly of the chaga mushroom, harvested … you guessed it… in the tundras (although this product doesn’t specify exactly which tundra the mushrooms came from). The brown, jelly-like product might initially be a turnoff, but after using it it’s easy to see why it’s become such a cult favorite. The light serum formula works on just about any skin type and easily melts into the skin to leave a smooth finish. It also plays well with others. It can be layered between thinner serums and heavier moisturizers, or mixed with other moisturizers as an added boost.
POWER PLAY: Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence is another Korean import, and continues the tradition of mixing or adding essences to a daily skin care routine. It contains 60% artichoke extract, and is meant to help tighten the appearance of pores. While any esthetician will tell you that you can’t technically shrink pores, you can work to make them appear smaller and smooth out the surface of the skin. This formula is also ‘waterless’ and instead uses squalane to bring all of its ingredients together. The only down side might be the execution. The formula comes in a dropper style bottle, which would be great if the product contained a truly liquid ingredient (water) to help dispense it properly. Unfortunately, this behaves more like a thick lotion, so it takes some effort to get the product out of the bottle and into your hands.
Our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it. So even if you don’t like eating your veggies, you can take some comfort in knowing that at least you’re absorbing them instead of their chemical counterparts.