It’s trending on TikTok, featured on talk shows, and your group chat’s favorite topic. Ethical and sustainable beauty products are buzzier than ever, and you’re all in… sort of. You love the idea of supporting the planet, but the truth is, you’re not exactly sure what makes a product sustainable or which ones are worth it (read: actually work).
Thankfully, if you shop at Sephora, there’s an easy-to-use method for finding planet-friendly staples: the Clean + Planet Positive seal. Look at it as the next level up from the Clean at Sephora seal—not only does any product marked with the green logo need to leave out a long list of ingredients like phthalates and insoluble plastics, it also has to meet a strict set of four eco-conscious criteria.
Think: responsible packaging (banning single-use items or unnecessary materials), sustainable sourcing (cruelty-free and consciously harvested), and companies with a climate commitment (like carbon-neutral operations). And on top of all that? Sephora’s Clean+ brands donate at least one percent of their profit to an environmental cause.
In other words, it’s self care you can feel really, really good about. Ready to start shopping responsibly? Add a few of these high-quality makeup and skin-care essentials to your cart.
Keep scrolling to shop 8 sustainable beauty products your skin—and the planet—will love.
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1. Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
Start your day bright-eyed with a formula that smoothes, hydrates, and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Biossance’s signature squalane is a cruelty-free, sugar-based alternative to squalene (which is derived from sharks and commonly used in beauty products), and the swap saves two million sharks every year.
2. Youth to the People Polypeptide-121 Future Cream
Turn your gaze toward hydration with this seriously moisturizing face cream, designed to target signs of aging. Like all Youth to the People products, it’s packaged in a glass container and recyclable paper, and it supports nonprofits committed to sustainability. It’s an ultra dewy glow with an eco-conscious MO.
3. alpyn beauty Melt Moisturizer with Bakuchiol and Squalane
Prep your face for makeup with this every-age cream, which relies on aloe, squalane, and vitamin C to hydrate and improve dullness. Via its partnership with Grand Teton National Park Foundation, alpyn is the first and only skin care brand to sustainably harvest wild plants from the mountains of Jackson Hole. All the Western chic vibes, activated.
4. Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25
With the busy to-and-fro tempo of the season, you’re all about simplifying your routine. A natural, medium-coverage foundation that doubles as sunscreen is a solid place to start. In more than 30 shades, you’re bound to find your complexion’s perfect match—and feel great wearing it, since every tube is made from biomaterials, free of microplastics, and designed with recyclability in mind.
5. Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer
Sun-kissed without the sun damage? It’s a win-win. Oatmeal, grapeseed oil, and elderberry extract infuse this creamy, lightweight, buildable bronzer, which is available in four shades. And when it comes to eco-consciousness, Saie recovers at least twice as much ocean-bound plastic as it uses in production, and plans to become totally carbon-neutral by 2023. Go ahead, exhale.
6. Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm
After a busy summer day flitting from beach to barre to bars, ease into your nighttime routine with a makeup-removing face cleanser. This balm cuts through SPF, dirt, and oil with tons of hydration and zero residue. You’ll sleep especially well knowing Farmacy partners with Feeding America to minimize food waste and donate millions of meals to people in need.
7. Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Instant Firming Serum
It’s an almost-too-good-to-be-true trifecta. Give your skin some TLC, reduce the impacts of climate change, and support local communities—with a single, super chic bottle. While this oil-free, radiance-boosting serum smoothes your face, Caudalie is busy planting trees (as in, nine million to date) to preserve biodiversity and create jobs.
8. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme
Post-serum, hydrate with this peptide-powered formula designed to target eye-area wrinkles with natural ingredients like lavender, safflower, and buckwheat. Follow with moisturizer and rest well knowing that Tata Harper Skincare partners with Trees for the Future to revitalize forest acres, sequester (literal) tons of carbon, and help people out of poverty.
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