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The Best Natural Beauty Products

Looking at the ingredients of most beauty products is like trying to read gibberish. Does Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) mean anything to you? Probably not. But as I've recently learned, it should. D5 is just one of a long list of potentially harmful chemicals found in products like sunscreen and hair spray—in other words, stuff that we use every day.

Last month, I attended an event hosted by Norma Kamali (who is all about wellness) that featured RMS, a raw beauty brand founded by celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift.

Swift's inspiration for creating the brand came after she fell ill and discovered that her body contained high levels of chemicals and metals—and that cosmetics were a big contributor to the problem.

As a beauty product junkie, the event was eye-opening for me, and has prompted me to reassess what I put on my skin and hair.

While it may not be realistic to cut out all of the chemical-laden products from your beauty routine, it's important to know that there are alternatives available that you'll love just as much (or more!). Of course, just like healthy food, natural beauty products can be pricey—but when it comes to your health and well-being, some products are worth the investment.

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The gorgeous packaging is made from recyclable glass. Good for you, good for the planet.
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Pure coconut cream removes makeup just as well as the beloved drugstore brands. It can also be used as a moisturizer.
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Many popular nail polish brands contain what is called the "toxic trio:" dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. Not Zoya!


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I love colorful makeup, and I always assumed that all-natural products would lack pigment, but RMS' lip shines proved me wrong.
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Many mineral-based products claim to be all-natural, but this one is truly safe on your skin.
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All of Dr. Alkaitis' products are edible. Seriously.
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Perfect for achieving dewy-looking cheeks.
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No matter how much sleep I get, I tend to always have dark circles under my eyes. Now I don't have to weigh my skin down with concealer. This luminizer blew my mind.

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