Five Clean Skincare Lines You Can Trust (and that We Swear By)

There are some shady ingredients in certain skin care products and we are NOT about that life. It can be such a hassle to check every single ingredient in every product you want to try – no thank you! That’s why we want to share our top 5 favorite ride-or-die skincare lines that we know we can trust. The great part is that we have a mix of both high-end and drugstore lines, so there’s something for everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚


We LOVE Clinique, and we especially love that they are dedicated to clean ingredients. They promise no parabens, no phthalates, and NO FRAGRANCE!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ (insert celebration emojis here)! Their products are typically considered high-end, but compared to other lines (see the next one on our list) it’s actually very reasonably priced.

One Clinique product we can’t live without: Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil ($28 for 200ml)

We have raved about this product in multiple posts and it honestly lives up to all that hype. We have completely different skin types and we both cannot live without this. Between the two of us we have probably gone through 20+ bottles over the years. We both love a full beat, and this ensures that all of our makeup is completely removed before we cleanse, without drying or irritating our skin! Major win!


Drunk Elephant

We will warn you: this line is expensive af, but sooo worth it! We love that DE is dedicated to excluding what they call the “Suspicious 6:” essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes, and SLS. According to their website, “We believe that these six ubiquitous ingredients are at the root of almost every skin issue we see. When formulating the products, we focus on pH levels and safety, and always making sure that the active ingredients are at efficacious levels. ”

One Drunk Elephant product we can’t live without: T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90 for 30ml)

This AHA/BHA powerhouse helps us both fight acne AND prevent signs of aging! We also use it to minimize texture around our nose area. Word to the wise: if you have dry/sensitive skin like me (Rachel) then limit this to 1-2x a week, otherwise it will be too drying for you!


Paula’s Choice

Out of all of these lines, PC is probably the one we have been using the longest and still swear by. We love it for so many reasons, but a huge factor is that they formulate their products based on what the best research in the field tells us. They are dedicated to clean, non-irritating ingredients, and NEVER use fragrance in their products. They’re also cruelty-free! ๐Ÿ™‚ We used to only be able to order it online, but were thrilled when Nordstrom started stocking PC products as well!

One Paula’s Choice product we can’t live without: RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

Guys, finding a serum without any weird/sketchy products is SO HARD TO FIND! So many are formulated with drying alcohols or are so dang expensive. This is our holy grail. It is so light and wears so well under makeup. We use it 2x per day, and this is probably our 10th bottle of it.



This is one of our newer finds, and it’s DRUGSTORE!!! We love that the brand name comes from the fact that all of their products are made from ceramides, which are naturally occurring in our skin! We love that this line is dedicated to helping repair and strengthen the skin barrier – something we recently learned is SO KEY in maintaining healthy, youthful skin. We spent so many years using harsh products that we now focus on using gentle but effective products to restore that barrier. And this line is so affordable! We love it.

One CeraVe product we can’t live without: honestly guys this was SO HARD TO CHOOSE! We use so many! We are going to choose the PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ย (11.99 for 89 ml)

Again, we both have completely different skin types and both live for this moisturizer. It so lightweight, yet also deeply moisturizes our skin without leaving us looking greasy.



Like PC, Aveeno is committed to creating their products based on the science in the field. They use gentle ingredients, and are known for using oat and other super calming ingredients that are great for sensitive skin. A couple of their ingredients contain ingredients like lavender, that may be irritating for extra sensitive skin like Rachel’s, but they have fragrance free alternatives to these!

One Aveeno product we can’t live without: Skin Relief Body Wash (9.99 for 975ml!!!)

This fragrance-free formula not only cleanses but moisturizes your skin! We love this especially in the winter, when these Chicago winters dry us out so much. We get the huge bottle for less than $10 and it lasts us forever!

What skincare lines do you trust? We’d love to know your favorites!


xoxo Rach & Leah โ™ฅ

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