Andalou Naturals is one of my most favorite skincare brands. It is the first Non-GMO Project Verified skincare brand, and the ingredients harness the use of fruit stem cell technology. This is part one of a two part article featuring Andalou Naturals’ Brightening Collection.
The company was founded by Stacey Kelly Egide and Mark Egide. The Egide’s launched a revolutionary startup in 1989 which featured the first cruelty-free cosmetic line in the United States. The brand was called “Beauty without Cruelty.” The duo went on to create Avalon Organics in 1999, as well as lobbied ( successfully ) for the State of California to legislate organic standards for personal care products.
Other brands created by the Egides were soon launched thereafter: Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica, Alba Hawaiian, Sonoma Soap Company, Un-Petroleum Lip Care and The San Francisco Soap Company.
Eventually, the brand umbrella launched Andalou Naturals, a brand committed to uplifting both people and the planet. Andalou Naturals‘ signature innovation is their trademarked Fruit Stem Cell Science. It delivers a super antioxidant defense system by harnessing Nature’s Intelligence.
What is Fruit Stem Cell Technology? PhytoCellTec Fruit Stem Cells consist of Heirloom Apple and grape stem cells which provide energized antioxidant defense. It also features a Certified BioActive Berry Complex, which is a super fruit blend rich in anthocyanins with aronia berry, goji berry and acai berry to super charge you’re skin’s natural defense process. Also included is Certified Organic Aloe Vera. This is one of my very favorite humectants, because it helps to sooth and replenish skin while gently adding moisture.
Another reason I love Andalou Naturals so much is that you can go the website at any given time and look up every single ingredient featured in their products. The ingredients are categorized alphabetically and provide definitions and benefits. Lately, I’ve been trying out the Brightening Collection, and it’s helped my skin appear much more radiant. I fully believe that it’s important to use a brightening system during the Fall and Winter, because our skin naturally leans toward appearing more dull and lifeless. This is because there is less moisture in the air, it’s more windy and chilly, and also because most of us ( myself included ) tend to forget to apply SPF to our daily routine. All of these factors together make do for very dry and spotty skin.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from this collection, and what they can do for your skin:
- Andalou Naturals Meyer Lemon Creamy Cleanser: This formula is best for people with normal and combination skin. This cleanser washes away impurities as well as dry surface cells. As a result, your skin will appear more luminous. The key ingredients in this cleanser are Vitamin C and Manuka Honey. These ingredients are packed full of antioxidants and enzymes. This is suitable for daily use.
- Andalou Naturals Chia Omega Radiant Skin Polish: Also well suited for normal and combination skin, this is a good exfoliant to keep on your vanity table. It features Vitamin C, omega-rich emollients and micro-polishing chia. The chia gently buffs away dead skin cells to give your skin a more even appearance. Exfoliants are important to have year round, and especially in the cooler months. However, don’t exfoliate more than twice a week; you’ll run the risk of skin damage.
- Andalou Naturals Brightening Clementine Illuminating Toner: In recent years, some people have said that it’s no longer necessary to use a toner. However, I believe a toner is one of the most important skincare products you can use. This toner assists in uplifting circulation and balances pH. It also fills your pores with good ingredients that assist in cutting down on blemishes and uneven skin tone. This features the ingredients Vitamin C and Aloe Vera Polysaccharides.
- Andalou Naturals Brightening All in One Beauty Balm: In my article about K-Beauty, I discussed how using a BB Cream/Beauty Balm instead of foundation will give you a glowing look that Korean Makeup and Skincare are famous for. This product will give you a natural, sheer mineral tint. It also provides Broad Spectrum Protection since it contains SPF 30. You can even use this as a primer under your foundation if you like. This is suitable for normal and combination skin.
My next article will feature part two of this short series on Andalou Naturals Brightening Collection.