Behold! A Natural Beauty Routine That Actually Works

Check out these fab products that really are natural (not pseudo-natural).

Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 30
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In the past I've tried all-natural beauty routines with disastrous results. I'm talking itchiness and little tiny pimples all over my face. Recently I was chatting with Deborah Burnes, creator of the natural skincare company Sumbody, and explained my woes. Long story short, she told me that the "natural" products I had previously tried were probably fakers — meaning they were claiming to be natural but probably still had some weird chemicals lurking within. The combo of part natural oils and part synthetic chemicals created a pore-clogging, skin-irritating film on my face. Fear!

Inspired by Deborah, and armed with her book, Look Great, Live Green, for reference, I launched into a new all-natural beauty routine, but this time I eagle-eyed every label to make sure it was actually natural. So am I pleased with my new regimen? Let's just put it this way: By day three, people were already commenting on how my skin was glowing, I haven't had any trouble with zits (at least no more than usual during a sticky heat wave), and overall I think my skin looks plumper and less blotchy. Success!

In case you want to venture down the all-natural skincare road, here's what I'm currently using:

Sumbody Deep Sea Face Mask — Reaches in your pores and pulls the crud right out.

John Masters Organics Bearberry Oily Skin Balancing Face Wash

Naturopathica Lavender Honey Balancing Mist

Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum — Yes, it's a bottle of pure oil, but I swear it won't leave your face greasy and it makes skin seriously glow. I use it at night and apply one pump while my face is still damp from the mist.

Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 30 — I don't know how they did it, but somehow this daily sunscreen with an impressively high 18.6% zinc oxide doesn't leave a white mask on your face AT ALL.

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Lavanila Pure Vanilla Healthy Lip Butter SPF 15

Do you have any fave natural products? I wanna hear about them!