Britta Aragon

Britta Aragon, Founder of CV Skinlabs

the 10


non-toxic beauty essentials I need for summer

You'd never know it from the looks of her, but makeup artist, author, and natural beauty expert BRITTA ARAGON has been through a lot. She survived Hodgkin's disease when she was 16, and then watched her father battle and succumb to cancer a handful of years later. Though she was already trained as a makeup artist at the time, she realized that traditional creams and lotions only exacerbated her father's radiation-ravaged skin—and that many of the ingredients were actually carcinogenic. In response, she started CV Skinlabs, a non-toxic skin care line dedicated to treating the eczema, psoriasis, and extremely dry skin that often comes as a side effect to cancer treatment. We tapped her for her list of non-toxic beauty go-tos.

Here, the 11 non-toxic beauty essentials that see Britta Aragon through summer.

  • 1

    Mineral Fusion in Dazzle

    In reducing my toxic load, I've found the hardest part is finding the right makeup—glosses, blushes, etc. Yet one of the first products we should switch to a safer, non-chemically laden formula is anything that we wear on the lips since we end up ingesting them. My favorite gloss is Mineral Fusion in Dazzle. This natural winner is luxurious, and its creamy color glides on lips with a smooth, ultra-glossy finish that's free of parabens, talc and artificial colors.

  • 2

    Zuii Flora Blush in Melon

    This great find is free of the usual suspects like parabens and talc, and it's reinforced with Certified Organic rose petals, jasmine buds, and chamomile.

  • 3

    CV Skinlabs Balm

    Sometimes you just need extra concentrated hydration. For this, I love a balm—specifically 100% natural Restorative Skin Balm from my own line, CV Skinlabs. It's petrolatum-free, nourishing, and instantly softens severely dry, rough, and chapped skin. I use it on my lips and cuticles religiously! It's got carnauba and beeswax to help safeguard that moisture barrier, along with calendula and sea buckthorn oil to help the skin regenerate. Most importantly, it's free of any potentially harmful chemicals, so your skin will be able to recover without having to defend itself from irritants.

  • 4

    Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner

    Great hair products are often the hardest to find. There are many that perform, but the ingredients are not necessarily healthy, and then there are those that are "green," but don't yield results. With that in mind, I set out on my search to find the "holy grail of haircare" and I've finally found it in Rahua. Rahua's Amazonian origins mean haircare that is 100% natural and vegan and void of all of the synthetics, sulfates and parabens we see too often. The results are amazing.

  • 5

    Exhale Spa Yoga

    One of the best ways that I detoxify is by doing yoga. I go four times per week to Exhale Spa in NYC. Although the body detoxifies through the skin, colon, and liver, we remove the most toxins through the lungs. Daily deep breathing is essential and for that I love yoga, which also tones my body, relaxs my nervous system, and quiets my mind.

  • 6

    Rescue & Relief Spray

    I have very sensitive skin, so I like to use this powerhouse mutlitasker. I use it all the time: I use it after a peel to calm and plump my skin; I use it before I apply makeup; I use it on the plane to hydrate my skin; and I use it after I shave my legs. Made with 84% organic ingredients, this anti-inflammatory elixir calms and soothes the most irritated of skins with aloe, water lily, chamomile and cucumber and uses zero potentially harmful chemicals. Don't be without this favorite this summer!

  • 7

    Kahina Giving Beauty Aragan Oil

    When my skin feels dull and tired, I exfoliate and then use a few drops of this: It's immediate radiance. I also use it on my cheekbones to give me a glow for a night out, and apply it to the ends of my hair to tame frizz. The best thing is that it's made from one simple ingredient: Argan Oil! What a great way to reduce the use of chemicals.

  • 8

    Essence of Vali Sleep Ritual

    Nothing makes me glow more than a good night's sleep. I underestimated the power of aromatherapy until I tried Essence of Vali Sleep Ritual about a year ago. I put a couple drops on the corner of my pillow and immediately felt the calming effects. It has pure essential oils like lavender, marjoram, cedarwood and ylang-ylang. If I'm extra stressed out, I'll take a hot bath with the oil. I love these products so much I don't go anywhere without them!

  • 9

    Green Smoothie

    I started making this must-have after I read Kimberly Snyder's book and now I'm hooked! My energy level soared, my skin looked better, and the smoothie tastes delicious. It's only got seven ingredients: Filtered water, romaine lettuce, spinach, apple, banana, pear and the juice from half a lemon. This keeps me full until lunch and helps to cleanse my body on a daily basis.

  • 10

    Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath

    When I travel, or just want to cleanse or relax, I use these serious detox bath salts. The warmth of certified organic mustard gently opens pores, assists in the elimination of impurities and balances your pH. The divine pure essentials oils of eucalyptus, rosemary and thyme make this the most uplifting and restorative therapeutic bath out there!

  • 11

    Joanna Vargas Facials

    We may live in a Botox world (we still don't know long term effects of repeated use), but I've found something safer with microcurrent facials at Joanna Vargas. She uses clean, organic products and a microcurrent machine that provides gentle electrical stimulation to trigger the body's natural healing properties. They also do LED/red-light treatments, which are similar, in that they don't involve toxins or side effects: Instead, the light is an anti-inflammatory and boosts collagen and elastin production. If you can't find microcurrent facials in your area, Joanna's Volcanic Ash Exfoliating Mask is the next best bet! All the glow, without chemicals.

Mineral Color Cosmetics
Zuii Organic Flora Blush in Melon
CV Skinlabs Skin Balm
Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner
Om Beauty
CV Rescue + Relief Spray
Argan Oil
Thta Glow Argan Oil
Beauty from the Inside Out--Eat your Greens
Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath
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