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15 Products For A Green Beauty Regime Even After Earth Day

So Earth Day has come and gone but that doesn't mean we should stop our green beauty regime. We suss out the beauty products and brands to know that promise to help you do good (to the environment) and feel good all-year-round.
Arcona Celestial Activating Essence, $73
What it is: We are all for multi-beneficial, fuss-free and easy-to-use skincare products, and this fits the bill. It comes in a spritz bottle and a superior formula that helps to hydrate, brighten and treat signs of ageing thanks to a blend of potent antioxidants.   Why it matters: The products from this American beauty brand contain eco-friendly solutions by using cosmeceutical-grade enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids to produce products in small batches for ultimate freshness without the use of additional preservatives, toxins and other harmful ingredients.    Where to buy: Sephora Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil, $310
What it is: Made with 100 per cent natural ingredients like rosehip, evening primrose, rose damascena and rose geranium, this lightweight oil hydrates, rejuvenates and clarifies skin. It is also rich in vitamin C to brighten complexions. When used regularly, it boosts skin’s metabolism to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.   Why it matters: Its products are made with high concentrations of natural and botanical ingredients that not only work well on the skin, but are also better for the environment as there will be less production of chemical byproducts. Additionally, the brand is said to have revved up its wildlife conservation efforts in recent years.   Where to buy: Level 1 Takashimaya S.C.  Herbivore Botanicals Prism Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion Serum, $89
What it is: A lightweight treatment that is formulated with natural fruit acids and hydrating botanical waters to gently resurface the skin, even out skin tone, boost clarity, and impart long-lasting hydration to the skin.   Why it matters: Besides its chic packaging, the brand only uses natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils and GMO-free soy wax for its products, which come packaged in recyclable materials.   Where to shop: Sephora Ren Skincare Clean Screen Mineral, $54
What it is: Apart from protecting the skin from blue light emitted from our technological devices and harmful UV rays, this sunscreen is also made with the highest level of recycled material while still protecting and keeping the formula as fresh as possible. It is also vegan, cruelty, silicone and oxybenzone-free, which simply means that the formula is non-toxic to marine life.   Why it matters: Its formulas do not contain chemicals, toxins and irritants but only natural bio-actives. The brand is also currently working towards a zero-waste goal for all of its packaging. Think recyclable bottles made from reclaimed ocean plastic and more.    Where to shop: Escentials & Tangs Gallinee Face Vinegar, $42
What it is: Used as a toner, this is formulated with antioxidant-rich hibiscus vinegar, which is known for its exfoliating and soothing properties. It also contains algae prebiotics, which are made up of extracts from green and brown algae, seawater, and marine polysaccharides that work together to fight against signs of stress and redness on the skin.   Why it matters: While the French beauty brand may be widely recognised for its bacteria-infused skincare (the good kind), it is also a brand that champions sustainability. Its formulations include naturally derived ingredients while its boxes are recyclable as well. Plus, the brand tries to do away with fancy, unnecessary packaging to reduce additional waste.    Where to shop: Sephora Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser, US$26 (S$37)
What it is: This gentle body cleanser is enriched with neroli, tangerine and rosemary extracts nourish, hydrate and creates a calming and uplifting sensorial experience. Jojoba, macadamia and rosehip oils work together to deliver antioxidant benefits to protect the skin.   Why it matters: The Aussie-based beauty brand, which is certified organic, is touted for its use of organic and plant-based ingredients, as well its extensive array of hair and body products. Yeap, the brand does not use any sulphates in its formulations.    Where to shop: Net-A-Porter Kew Organics Sensitive Skin Rescue Cleanser, $160.75
What it is: Ideal for even the most sensitive of skin types, this gentle cleanser contains Beta carotene derived from pumpkin and carrot to protect against UV damage to restore skin. It also promotes healthy circulation and soothes the skin thanks to cucumber extract and prevents premature ageing and inflammation.   Why it matters: The local organic skincare label is best known for its comprehensive and targeted menu of organic face and body treatments and manufactures its own skincare products which have been used for some of its facials. All the products are made from organic ingredients (such as sugar cane) and cater to all skin types whether oily or dry.   Where to shop: Kew Organics Facial Bar   Philosophy Nature In A Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser, $71
What it is: This rich, restoring and nourishing moisturiser helps soothe dryness, restore skin’s moisture barrier and reinforces its natural resilience, for improved texture and tone without feeling too thick or heavy on skin.   Why it matters: Philosophy has just launched Nature In A Jar, which is known to have products that contain naturally-derived ingredients from desert plants, consciously crafted vegan formulas, and eco-friendly packaging made from post-consumer recycled materials.    Where to shop: Sephora Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Precious, US$51 (S$72)
What it is: This creamy and blendable blusher glides on smoothly to give a rosy glow to the cheeks and contains jojoba seed oil, rosa rubiginosa seed oil and gardenia florida fruit extract to hydrate and protect the skin.   Why it matters: The makeup brand is known for using certified natural and organic ingredients without compromising on the colour payoff and vibrancy of its shades. The cases are also refillable to help reduce waste.   Where to shop: Net-A-Porter Farsali Liquid Glass Serum, $82
What it is: This is formulated with hyaluronic acid to deliver optimum moisture for plumper and smoother skin, as well as an AcquaCell Complex, which combines watermelon rind extract, lentil fruit extract and apple extract to further boost moisture levels within the skin.   Why it matters: Its colourful bottles and formulations are not just the only things to note – the brand is big on sustainability too. Its cruelty-free formulas are backed by innovative technology to create effective products for every skin type.    Where to shop: Sephora Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum, $265
What it is: This superior anti-ageing serum contains a proprietary hyaluronic acid with low molecular weight that works hand in hand with the brand’s C.E.L.L. Energy Technology to regenerate skin cells, replenish moisture and encourage skin elasticity.   Why it matters: The products from the French beauty’s Capture Totale line are formulated with at least 84 per cent natural ingredients and the packaging is made with recyclable glass. Even the box that contains the product is made out of recyclable paper.     Where to shop: Dior Beauty counters and Sephora Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream, $81
What it is: Marine algae and paracress extract work together to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while delivering long-lasting hydration for plumper and smoother skin around the peepers.   Why it matters: Its entire brand is centred around one key ingredient known as squalane, which is derived from shark liver oil. However, to ensure that the brand upholds its green beauty standards, it has created a sustainable, plant-derived squalane that is made out of renewable sugar cane. And yes, it provides the same moisturising effects and benefits.    Where to shop: Sephora Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum, $81
What it is: This lightweight serum is packed with vitamins and antioxidants from certified organic juices and plant oils to protect skin and prevent early signs of ageing.   Why it matters: On top of using organic and locally-sourced ingredients, the packaging of its products are recyclable and produced by solar and wind power.   Where to shop: Budcosmetics.com Re:Erth Multi Targeted Elixir, $108
What it is: The key ingredient in this fast-absorbing serum is Japanese white and spring turmeric leaf and root extracts. These ingredients work together to slow down the breakdown of hyaluronic acid while stimulating cellular activity and collagen production, as well as to suppress tyrosinase activity for plumper, smoother and more radiant skin.   Why it matters: Known for being a mindful brand, Re:Erth is an advocate of a minimalistic skincare regime that is packed with benefits to help you achieve healthy, radiant skin. Most recently, the brand teamed up with Environmental Solutions (Asia) to introduce an initiative that aims to reduce carbon costs through a unique chemical recycling process. The plastic is then converted to a form of fuel that can be used to offset carbon emissions from logistics, operations and transport sectors.    Where to shop: Reerth.com, OUE Downtown, Design Orchard & The AC Raffles Hotel Alcheme Personalised Serum, $105
What it is: A concentrate of active ingredients are uniquely selected for each customer to cater to their specific skin concerns ranging from anti-ageing to acne and even oil control.   Why it matters: The homegrown skincare brand is not just known for its personalised products, but also for the fact that its formulae are vegan, cruelty-free and made from nourishing plant-derived ingredients. Additionally, the products are said to be made with minimal ingredients (read: only what the skin needs) to avoid unnecessary wastage. Bonus: its packaging is recyclable as well.    Where to shop: Alcheme.one