Photo credit: Teens Turning Green
My four-month-old daughter is still light years away from preening and plumping her puss in front of the mirror—although you wouldn't know it from the way she cracks up at the "pretty baby in the mirror"—but news that teenage girls across the country are contaminated with toxins found in cosmetics and skincare products doesn't exactly set a mama's heart at ease. Teens Turning Green, on the other hand, does.
The powerhouse group of adolescents recruited the help of seven green skincare companies to produce its own line of teen-oriented body products (no parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances, thank you very much). Teen-tested and -approved, the nine products, which are available at Whole Foods stores nationwide, are specially formulated for hormone-wrecked, pimple-prone skin, so you can channel all that Robert Pattinson-worshiping angst somewhere else. Like that boy in Honors English. Who is TOTALLY dreamy. My favorites are the Pomegranate Toning Mist and Perfectly Pom Moisturizer, both by Pomega5, for their luscious scent and the wallop of hydration they supply. (Recessionistas, take note: They're very similar to Pomega5's own Revitalizing Nourishing Toner and Healing Cream, but at more wallet-friendly prices.)
And as someone who regularly encased her acne-ridden adolescent mug in enough facial clay to recreate the Terracotta Army, I can appreciate how essential Astara Sunstar's Purifying Mask would be in a teen queen's beauty drawer. Soothing and clarifying, the mask uses tea tree oil and witch hazel to draw out impurities while mollifying inflamed skin.
Teenage patrons of Teens Turning Green are advised to keep their products, like their diaries, under lock and key, or risk their parents plundering their toiletries. Consider this fair warning.
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