Skincare is maddeningly personal. Beauty brands and gurus may tout the latest trends and miracle elixirs, but at the end of the day, managing your skin is more about finding balance than procuring that mythical cure-all in a bottle. I know this because I struggled with skin troubles up until my early twenties. And I still feel like I'm walking on eggshells — one careless makeup move can easily break the precarious harmony in my high maintenance oil glands.
Dominique Caron also struggled with acne throughout young adulthood, as well as dry skin she couldn't seem to tame. But her frustrations ended up amalgamating with her interest in herbalism, aromatherapy and botany. She eventually started to experiment with her own skincare creations made from natural, nontoxic ingredients — and saw her skin improve.
From this DIY skincare success came Apoterra. Formally Caru Skincare Co, Apoterra is a NYC-based apothecary that creates natural, holistic skincare. Their products are aimed at dry and adult acne-prone skin, using gentle-yet-effective plant-based means. "We also strive to only source certified organic ingredients. We have managed to source about 95% of our botanicals as certified organic," says Caron.
The ingredients are carefully combined so that their healing properties can take effect. The bright beautiful botanicals can be found in their detoxifying steam or mixed into their soaps — they are apparent in every product. And what's just as enticing as the naturally-sourced additives is the prices. Every product is pretty affordable, so there's really no reason to shy away from trying them.
Caron harnesses the same pH-balancing plant properties that helped her skin out in the past. Products like her Rose Hydrating Toner and Neroli Clarifying Toner help hydrate skin while keeping acne at bay. She is even working on new formulas for future products. For those who are interested in trying green skincare, she advises to be mindful of what your skin and body crave before purchasing products. “Based on what you would like to change, find one product to either add or swap into your routine,” she explains. “Give your skin a few days to adjust to this new product, and assess if this product is right for your skin or not. You can then adjust your routine, one product at a time, until you find a routine that is right for you.”
Introducing new skin resources into your medicine cabinet and onto your face is understandably daunting. But natural ingredients are much less ambiguous than the ones mixed into conventional face creams. Natural properties can be a savior for your skin if you let them, and these products may stop you from being a skeptic. More information about them can be found on their website.