Skin Deep: Cosmetics Safety Database
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental and health issues, developed this online personal care and cosmetics safety guide in 2004. Backed by scientific research and 50 toxicity and regulatory databases, Skin Deep provides up-to-date health information on 52,105 products and 8,799 ingredients, providing a deeper look into what goes on your face and body.
Tilvee Argan & Sea Buckthorn Age-Defying Cream
Argan helps fight free-radical damage and restore moisture, while flavonoid-rich sea buckthorn promotes skin regeneration to counter sun damage. “This is the most hydrating yet light lotion I think I’ve ever tried—it goes on deliciously smooth, without being gloppy or sticky in the least.” Bonus: It’s packaged in a recycled glass jar.
Best anti-aging (men)
Anthony Logistics Vitamin C Serum
This pure form of the antioxidant vitamin C protects and firms aging skin. Cucumber extract instantly soothes skin. “It’s an easy product to use for guys who typically aren’t into skin care. It’s not thick, so it absorbs well and you don’t feel like you have an oily lotion on your face,” reports one tester. “My skin felt instantly firmer.”
Best body lotion
Alaffia Shea and Red Palm Nurturing Body Lotion
The Alaffia line features fair trade-certified shea butter from a West African coop, that is combined with virgin coconut oil and papaya leaf extract to create a natural emollient that soothes and moisturizes the entire body—and all skin types. “Totally refreshing. Light yet nourishing, like a tropical drink for your whole body.”
Best skin care oil
Aura Cacia Certified Organic Skin Care Oil
Aura Cacia’s skin care oils are so pure they’re made from just one ingredient. Certified organic sesamium indicum (sesame) oil is extremely rich and penetrating, so it’s ideal for dry skin. “Unlike other skin care oils, that sit ontop of your skin and can feel stifling, the rich sesame oil absorbs well and lasts throughout the day,” says one tester. “Particularly nice as an after-shower oil, to lock in moisture.”