This post was sponsored by Neutrogena as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
When you hear the words, natural beauty, you may think of a look – light mascara, a signature lip tint – that looks like it was effortless. But then there is also natural beauty products – products that avoid chemicals and unnecessary packaging.
With a pool in my backyard and knowing that I will be in a bathing suit for a good chunk of the summer, I’ve been trying to eat healthier. I’m looking at packaging, taking note of the ingredients, seeing what I’m about to ingest. So why wouldn’t I do the same when looking at products I’m about to put all over my skin?
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been adding three new products to my routine that are derived from natural ingredients, the Neutrogena Naturals line. These products leverage natural plant-derived ingredients, and I loved that they are super transparent about where the ingredients come from. On the back of each bottle, it lists the ingredient and shares the source (because who here knows what decyl glucoside is? Hint: it’s from corn/coconut and palm kernels). These bionutrients holistically enhance the proper function of healthy skin.
As you see from the photo of the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, you don’t see any harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes or phthalates. I also noticed on each package you see what percent of the ingredients were naturally derived, and for my animal loving friends, none of the products I tried were tested on animals.
So what did my beauty routine entail? I started with the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I’m the type of girl to dive straight into the cleanser especially when I’m feeling lazy, but these smelled amazing and made my skin feel so soft. My waterproof mascara and my eyeliner easily came right off my face without any scrubbing, and the product left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. While I typically like to follow up with a cleanser, I felt with this product I didn’t need to if I was in a bind. And can we talk about the scent? I’m not sure if it’s the Peruvian Tara Seed or what, but all I can smell are pears whenever I use this product and it smells delicious! You can buy these at Target in a pack of 25 (suggested price is $7.49) or 7, perfect if traveling this summer (suggested price is $3.24).
My husband and I both added the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser to our routine. Some nights I used it when my makeup was lighter and I didn’t need the Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, other times I used it after a quick workout. This was a gentle cleanser and contains natural salicylic acid from Willowbark bionutrients to remove dirt, oil and makeup. What does that mean? It didn’t clog my pores, and I have spent the last few weeks zit-free. YAY! You can buy the product at Target too, with a suggested price of $7.99.
You can’t wash your face without moisturizing. And in our new house, I’ve realized without the constant blast of heat (yes, my apartment used to feel like that episode of Friends when the heater breaks) my face is significantly drier – at one point I had a patch of dry skin around my mouth, a la a dry skin mustache. I started applying the Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer, sometimes as much as two times a day – right before bed, and under my makeup when I get ready in the morning. This daily lotion replenishes essential skin nutrients and gives continuous moisture throughout the day. The result? My skin is much smoother and I don’t look nearly as scary. I shouldn’t be surprised that my face is less rough – this moisturizer is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and antioxidant omega bionutrients, boosting your skin’s defense against dullness and roughness. I felt the moisturizer was definitely thicker than what I was used to, but didn’t leave me feeling greasy. There is a light citrus scent – to get very specific, it smells like a creamy, lemon dessert. The scent did not linger with me, but when you first put it on, you may get a little hungry 🙂 This product is also available at Target, with the suggested retail price of $12.99.
With these products, I love that I’m putting natural ingredients on my skin, but through my purchase, I’m also supporting a company that actually cares about the environment and is doing their part to make sure products are available in renewable packaging. The Neutrogena Naturals folding cartons are made from 100% recycled paper with a minimum of 60% post-consumer recycled content. The recycled paperboard folding cartons use 70% less water in processing than virgin paperboard does.
But as someone who is extensively looking into an alternative source of power after getting slapped with a huge electric/gas bill last month, my favorite fact about this brand is the Neutrogena Naturals website is brought to you by a Green Server, a self-sustainable, sun-fueled and wind-powered server that only uses renewable energy to keep their website running “off the grid.” Now if only I could get my house off the grid to save some money.
I really enjoyed using the Neutrogena Naturals products and I am glad that they are now a part of my beauty routine. When I’ve tried natural products in the past (specifically shampoo), I was not pleased with the results. But these products not only support the environment and have ingredients that are great for my skin, but they make my skin look great too.
I’m ending on the blog post with a few tips from Neutrogena Brand Ambassador Kristen Bell. After watching Kristen Bell and her husband, Dax Shepard, create a music video to Toto’s Africa, the two of them are my #baegoals (my husband’s students use this term all the time and they are much cooler than me). I’m pretty excited to say, when it comes to beauty, Kristen and I are totally on the same page.
- As told to InStyle.com: “The shifts I’ve made towards being more eco-friendly aren’t monumental, and they don’t have to be a total overhaul. It shouldn’t scare people. For example, I try to limit my showers to 3 minutes; one long song and you’re done. I do 4 things in the shower: I use soap, shampoo, conditioner, and brush my teeth. Most of the time, it’s all done simultaneously!” I’m essentially the lazy girl’s guide to being eco-friendly. I use recyclable bags at the grocery store and multi-task as much as possible in the shower.
- As told to PopSugar.com: “I really like the Neutrogena Naturals line because there’s a minimal amount of ingredients. It’s really pure and natural. I live by the Purifying Facial Cleanser — I use it every single night. I use it either with my fingertips or a little wooden natural bristle brush, and then I use the Multivitamin Nourishing Moisturizer. And that’s pretty much it.” See my entire post!
- As told to UsMagazine.com: “I always wash my face before I go to bed with the Naturals cleanser….Consistency and simplicity is what my skin really, really responds to.” I always wash my face too before I go to bed!