I love discovering new clean beauty brands and today I have not one but TWO new skincare brands that I discovered on Dermstore, my go-to source for all -things skincare. HoliFrog and NUORI are both innovation clean beauty brands that I am so excited to have discovered since you guys know that I am trying to slowly switch to all clean beauty. Keep scrolling to learn about the new HoliFrog Skincare face washes and NUORI Vitamin C Serum & SPF that I added in my skincare routine that are not weakened by time-related breakdown, yet free from synthetic preservatives, colorants, and fragrances.
You guys know I am obsessed with my serums and products with active ingredients (like Vitamin C, A, E, and Glycolic Acid) but I recently learned the truth about shelf life that is shocking.
Today most skincare products are formulated to last at least 30 months, that is 2.5 years, or longer. Many skincare companies just want to prolong longer shelf life to increases profitability. That is bad for two reasons. First, long shelf lives mean companies add preservatives that can lead to long-term effects on our body. Second, numerous studies have shown that commonly used active agents will most likely break down within just a few months. So I guess even if the cream smell and look good, the active ingredients may no longer be effective! I just Kondo-d my beauty haul, and, while doing so, realized that I had no idea how long all this stuff had been chillin' in my storage.
This is where Nuori Skincare differs. NUORI took on the challenge no one else would and took the approach that the best skincare products are those that are as fresh as possible.
In fact, all NUORI products are freshly blended in small batches every 10 to 12 weeks at their facilities in Denmark and promptly delivered to around the world. As a sign of their commitment to freshness, each NUORI product is clearly marked with its batch number. They consider this batch stamp a powerful proof that NUORI products are the freshest on the market. They also use airless pumps and glass bottles in order to keep the product stable while it’s in your medicine cabinet. That is truly something I've never heard a company doing but I am here for it!
NUORI is 100% natural and free from parabens, mineral oils and petrolatums, PEGs, PPGs, MEA, DEA and TEA, phthalates, silicones, and sulfates. This also means they don't use any synthetic preservatives, stabilizers, fillers, fragrances, or colorants.
Glad you asked, NUORI’s collection comprises 13 face care and 5 body care products, all formulated to the same exacting standards of efficacy and purity. The two products I am currently using and loving are:
You know I am a huge advocate for Vitamin C serum. This is one of the most amazing serum I have ever tried. Use this one-month intensive treatment best at four times a year. This is the perfect time to use it at the end of summer to reverse the signs of damage from the sun. Because of its freshness, it works instantly to brighten and firm skin!
FINALLY, a sunscreen with 100% all-natural formula, a sheer finish, and a skin-perfecting result!! I wear this under my makeup as a perfecting primer.
Ok now that we've covered serums and SPF, let's go back to skincare basics... washing our face. When we wash our faces, our pores are at their most open and permeable, like a frog’s. Although this stage of our skincare routine is one of the most essential to our skin’s health, beauty brands often treat cleansers as an afterthought. HoliFrog is changing that. The new brand, that just launched on Dermstore offers four clean cleansers: a balm, a milk, a gel, and an acid-spiked wash. All four are formulated without harsh or harmful ingredients — think no sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, etc.
They use bioactive ingredients that give positive results nothing toxic, nothing irritating. Their focus is #CleanBeauty face washes! The first launch includes:
I tend to have clogged pores, adult acne, rough or dull skin but this Acid Wash from HoliFrog has done wonders for me! Think of it as a skin-clearing serum but in cleanser form. The key ingredients Glycolic and Mandelic Acid cleared away pore-clogging debris and dull dead skin.. Which left me with brighter smoother skin (and might I say smaller pores!). This gentle wash reduces breakouts without stripping your skin of precious moisture with Tamanu Oil to help skin heal and Rosehip Oil, an antioxidants to hydrate the skin and protect it from future environmental damage.
For those of you who have dry and/or inflamed, but love the clean-rinsing feeling of a gel cleanser, try this Milky Wash from Holifrog. I happen to overuse retinol two weeks ago (ended up with peeling skin). I started using this milk wash and it literally helped get my skin barrier back to health probably due to all the amino acids and apricot kernel oil. It gets all my makeup off after a double cleanses, and is the perfect way to start my morning routine alone.
Cleanse and tone in one step, this all-purpose gel wash lightly foams to deeply clean all skin types. Omega fatty acids, probiotics, and antioxidants nourish and replenish the skin. Natural antibacterial properties prevent breakouts and clogs.
This is a holy grail for those with the dryest skin! Formulated with nourishing antioxidants and jojoba, this waterless balmy wash is blended together with the best moisture-preserving ingredients with nothing that could potentially disrupt the skin barrier and spur on more dryness. This product dissolves long-wear makeup and stubborn SPF, making it an ideal first step in a double cleanse.
I like to choose my cleanser by situation and base on how my skin is feeling For example, when I wake up in the morning, I use Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash because I’ve been sleeping all night, so I really just want to refresh my skin. Or when my skin barrier is weal, something light and hydrating is a great option for that specific situation. At night, I want something heavier duty because I need to get rid of dirt, SPF, makeup, and environmental pollutants. I like to double cleanse with Micellar water but you can also use the balm, making it an ideal first step in a double cleanse. Follow it up with Holifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash.
Leif uses Holifrog Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash because let's face it, as a guy, the fewer steps the better so I love that this washes, tones, and nourishes at the same time.
The two takeaways from this are: One, fresh skincare makes sense to me the same way fresh food does — it’s more nourishing and has fewer additives. Two, washing your face should not be an afterthought. I just love educating myself about and trying new brands especially these two innovative clean beauty brands! I love shopping on DermStore for most of my skincare products because they only sell products that are 100% authorized by the brands they carry, so their customers know their products are real, safe, in code, and certified.
Thanks to Dermstore for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.