This year we’ve made a resolution to get ahead of the dry, cold, brutal NYC winter and start to hydrate our skin now, before it gets so bad there’s no turning back. Want in? We thought so. We turned to beauty exec Cat Chen, formerly of The Honest Company, who todays runs her own clean beauty brand, Skylar, to find out what we should be using ot make sure we keep our skin dewy and our bodies toxin-free. Follow along and get glowing!
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French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish
When fall is in full swing, I often notice dryness on my lips. One trick I’ve learned to love is to use a lip scrub a few times a week to exfoliate the dry skin and keep my lips smooth and soft. Right now, I’m loving the Rose Lip Polish from French Girl Organics. The mixture of the soothing rose with the cooling peppermint oil instantly rejuvenates my lips and keeps them smooth all autumn long.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Serums are a must have in my daily beauty routine because of how potent and concentrated they are — I can see the results almost immediately. I love using the Drunk Elephant Vitamin C-Firma Day Serum because of the powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients and fruit enzymes that brighten my skin while hydrating – it really works. It has worked wonders on my sun spots. Best of all, it is a clean product with a great ingredient philosophy so I know it’s a product I can trust. Perfect choice for keeping your skin bright throughout the fall and winter months.
Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF
Regardless of the season, I am a huge believer in the importance of sunscreen. One product I will never leave the house without grabbing is my go-to sunscreen of 10+ years by Elta MD skincare. Using an effective and clean sunscreen is so important for protecting against harmful UV rays, especially here in California, and is key to preventing early aging! I always make sure to choose the broad-spectrum SPF 46 sunscreen and use it as my base before I apply my makeup for the day.
Skylar Body Perfume
My love for scents started as early as I can remember – perfume has been my go-to beauty regimen since a teenager. When I found out my 4-month old daughter was allergic to my perfumes, I was on a mission to create a clean option that made women (including me!) feel beautiful in their own bodies, every day. Enter Skylar— clean, consciously crafted fragrances for you and your home. My personal favorite scent is a combination of Isle and Arrow. By layering the fresh scent of Isle with the spicy, warm scent of Arrow, you get this alluring yet inviting scent that feels perfect for when the weather cools down. It’s an indulgent but natural boost to my day (and my favorite part of my routine).
W3ll People Expressionist Mascara
I am a big believer that happiness and confidence are what make a woman most beautiful, and mostly consider myself a “no-makeup” makeup kind of person. So I usually keep my routine light, simple and natural. But I almost always remember to pop on some mascara. My favorite mascara is the W3llpeople pure pigments Expressionist Mascara. It is a natural mascara that really works and lasts the full day for me. A natural beauty must-have.
True Botanicals Deep Repair Eye Serum
Mom life is the real deal! After I had my daughter (who is now 3 years old), I started noticing bags under my eyes, but couldn’t find a product that seemed to actually help. Finally, I found True Botanicals Deep Repair Eye Serum and I fell in love. This serum immediately reduces the puffiness and fine lines around my eyes and even brightens my dark circles. It’s a life saver — especially after a few post-midnight daughter wake up calls!
Honest Beauty Magic Balm
When fall rolls around, I start shifting my skincare to focus more on hydration. With the cooler temperatures, it’s key for me to stay disciplined to my hydration regimen. I’m not much of a lipstick gal but I love a good balm that will hydrate my lips. That’s why I love the Honest Beauty Magic Balm. As a former Honest executive, I might be biased toward loving this brand but this balm really is one of my favorite products. I use the balm not only on my lips but on my cheekbones to give an extra glow and sometimes on dry spots around my face before I go to bed for an extra quench. It’s a great multi-functional product that really
about cat chen
Founder Cat Chen has always had natural ingredients on her radar. As an executive at clean living powerhouse The Honest Company, it was her job to. But when she found out that she was pregnant with her daughter, safe ingredients went from a professional responsibility to a personal necessity. As a self-proclaimed “no-makeup” makeup person, Cat’s signature was and still is perfume. Her love for scents began in middle school, when she owned a big collection from Bath & Body Works (this is also where she interned 10 years later). When she discovered that almost all perfumes contained highly allergenic ingredients, she knew she had to do something about it. That year, a big idea (along with baby Anne) were born. Cat set to work creating a clean fragrance line that would offer the fresh, delightful scents we all love, without the parabens, phthalates, glycol, animal testing, animal products or other allergenic ingredients found in most products in the perfume industry. By partnering with a local perfume house to craft artisanal formulas using only safe ingredients, Cat created Skylar: fresh, refined scents we love with ingredients that love us back. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two-year old daughter, and two spoiled cats. Cat was born and raised in Taiwan and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently. She enjoys family time, hiking, restaurants, and poker.