Yüli Cell Perfecto PM

No skincare line has better demonstrated that green beauty has evolved from it's shabby origins in the corner of your local co-op than Yüli Skincare. Created by an aesthetically minded, badass chemist, bottles of Yüli are handed out during New York Fashion Week and enthusiastically lauded on beauty blogs like Into the Gloss. The packaging is simple, the promises are serious, and the elegant sounding products have equally elegant sounding ingredients.

The one product from their line I've tried so far is the Cell Perfecto PM serum, a nightly oil that helps heal acne scars. Pigmented acne scars are easiest to deal with; those will heal over time. As anyone with cystic acne will tell you, the pitted ones that affect the landscape of the skin are much harder to get rid of.

Yun, the line's founder flexes her biochemical prowess with a cocktail of the usual suspects (sea buckthorn, jojoba oil... ) as well as the more unusual ones (Gotu Kola, Indian Fig, Reishi extracts).  The serum does encourage visable healing over time, but it would take a bottle or two to gain measurable benefit. If you're at your wits end with acne scars and sun damage, and would like to start anew, this would be a worthy investment. 

Guest post on No More Dirty Looks

I unabashedly love the team at No More Dirty Looks. Their book (aptly titled No More Dirty Looks) is the best non-digital resource I've found on the topic of non-toxic beauty. Plus they have a fantastic Quarterly subscription that I highly recommend.

I wrote a guest post for them, detailing my morning (and evening routine).  I'm surprised at how dense it is – as was my husband who often observes me rushing out around getting ready. However, I have at least one day a week where my morning routine post teeth brushing only involves applications of deodorant and lip balm.

I adore the ritual of getting ready, however pared down or extensive it may be. And I may not always bother with mascara, but I will always make a point of keeping my routine non-toxic and clean.

In case you're wondering, this is Anna Karina, not Anna Karenina. ;)

In case you're wondering, this is Anna Karina, not Anna Karenina. ;)