In a Nutshell:

  • Many tween/teen skincare brands on the market contain endocrine disruptors (like phthalates and parabens), which are not healthy for anyone, much less someone who is in such a hormonally important time in life!

  • Scroll down for even more recommendations!

Being a teen (or tween) is hard… And having to worry about things like acne doesn’t make it much easier! When it comes to the topic of teenage skincare, we’ve got good news and bad news.

The bad news is that personal care products have many questionable ingredients. (I’m talking about allergens, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens.)

But the good news is that there is also no shortage of great brands that use natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients safe for teenage and pre-teen skin.

So, whatever type of skincare routine would best fit you or your teen, there’s a non-toxic brand below to help you make it happen!

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If you want to dive into some of the problematic ingredients contained in most teenage skin care products on the market (and what to look for in safer brands), click the toggles below to read more. Or if you want to just skip right to our recommended brands, just scroll down!

Endocrine Disruptors, Personal Care Products, and Hormones—Oh My!

What to Look for in Non-Toxic Skincare Products for Tweens & Teens

What Is the Best Skincare Routine for a Teenager?

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Here are the Best Natural & Non-Toxic Skincare Brands for Tweens & Teens

Here are our picks for the best brands offering safe, non-toxic skincare products for tweens and teens—for sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, and everything in between!

1. Kinship (The Besties Kit)

  • Price: $57.60 (subscribe & save) – $64 (one-time purchase)
  • Includes: Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, Cleansing Pads, Gel Cream Moisturizer

Inside this essential 3-piece skincare set, you’ll find clean, cruelty-free, plant-based formulas as well as their proprietary Kinbiome™, a plant-based probiotic which supports clear skin and a strong skin barrier. 

The Naked Papaya cleanser features papaya extract, jojoba oil, & sunflower oil. Insta Swipe (their only non-vegan product) cleansing pads have lemon extracts, glycolic acid, and honey to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, brighten, clear pores, and reduce breakouts.

And the Supermello gel cream moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, marshmallow root, and coconut water to hydrate and reduce redness. 

Kinship makes it known that their products do not include any of the barrier-unfriendly ingredients found on the No-No list of 1,300+ ingredients banned by E.U. Cosmetic Regulations.


2. Cocokind (Daily Routine Pack)

  • Price: $74
  • Includes: Cleanser, Cream, Serum, & SPF

This “Daily Routine” is simple kit for tweens and teens who are beginning their skincare journey. It includes an oil to milk cleanser, serum with sodium ascorbyl phosphate (one of the most gentle forms of vitamin C), a lightweight smoothing cream with a celery superseed complex to support your teenager’s skin structure, and a safe SPF sunblock that won’t clog pores.

The cleanser’s “hero ingredient” is a prebiotic complex of GMO-free fermented oat to help maintain the skin’s microbiome.

Depending on your teen’s skin type (oily, acne-prone, dry, etc.), Cocokind has curated products into different “routines” so you can find the perfect match. They even have a quiz to create your own routine.

Cocokind has a goal to shake up the beauty industry by being as transparent as possible about everything to do with its products. You’ll see this in their very informative packaging, which includes formula facts, sustainability stats, and instructions on recycling the product once it’s finished.

Note: Cocokind does carry a low-dose retinol gel. If you decide to use this product, it should only be used at night, as retinol may increase the risk of skin cancer when exposed to UV.


3. Honest (Normal/Combo Skin Trio)

  • Price: $62
  • Includes: Gentle Gel Cleanser, Daily Green Juice Antioxidant Super Serum, Hydrogel Cream

Honest is a great consideration for the best skincare for teens—and it’s pretty affordable compared to other skincare brands as well!

Whether your young one’s teenage skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between, this kit is a great option for tweens & teens of all ages and genders.

The Gentle Gel Cleanser, Green Juice Antioxidant Super Serum, and Hydrogel Cream work together to clean delicate skin and address skin concerns.

Honest uses the safest natural and synthetic ingredients to make products that work. They have a “NO List™” of over 3,500 ingredients not used in their products due to concerns about carcinogenicity, endocrine disruption, environmental persistence, sensitization, reproductive and systemic effects, and more.

Everything is rigorously tested not only for safety but also for effectiveness. And of course, they’re also committed to transparency; they clearly tell their consumers exactly what’s in their products without hiding behind sneaky labels like “fragrance.”


4. Ursa Major (Everyday Essentials Skincare Bundle)

  • Price: $140 (on sale for $112)
  • Includes: Fantastic Face Wash, Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum, Golden Hour Recovery Cream

This set makes for a great streamlined natural skincare routine, both for those who struggle with acne and those who do not. 

The Fantastic Face Wash is light but invigorating (and smells great) and the serum helps to brighten and smooth skin. Looking for the best natural moisturizer for teenage skin? The Recovery Cream provides deep but fast hydration for pretty much all skin types.

“It’s all good,” according to Ursa Major, as they do not use petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones, or PEGs. As a Certified B Corp company, Ursa Major is committed to being a sustainable skincare company by using recycled plastic, renewable energy, giving back, and, most importantly, using naturally derived ingredients in every product.


5. INNBEAUTY PROJECT (Complete Routine Kit)

non toxic skincare for teens from innbeauty project
  • Price: $92 (On Sale for $69)
  • Includes: Daily Cleanser, Toner, Hyaluronic Acid + Serum, Moisturizer

When shopping for tween skin care, you might want to go with a brand that has colorful and fun branding, so it’s more enjoyable to use!

This 4-piece Skin Goals Kit from UNNBEAUTY Project comes with four different skin essential products—a cleanser, toner, serum/moisturizer hybrid, and moisturizer.

Some other great inclusive and affordable skincare products for teens include their alcohol-free Pimple Paste and their Green Machine Serum, which uses 15 superfoods to help minimize dark spots and hyperpigmentation.


6. Hero Cosmetics (Clear Collective Trio)

  • Price: $35
  • Includes: Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer

Hero is one of the best safe skincare brands for acne-prone skin.

Their Clear Collective Trio was created to treat acne without any of the harsh toxic ingredients normally seen in skincare. It’s a simple routine with just the essentials.

But Hero also has a lot of other products to encourage clear and healthy skin. They have Mighty Patches that come in different shapes and sizes to clear zits and blackheads quickly. They contain pure medical-grade plant-based hydrocolloid gel to dry up any remaining pus.

For deep zits and clogged pores, use the patch with Micropoints (similar to other patches’ microdarts) to deliver anti-inflammatory ingredients like 0.5% salicylic acid and bring any pus to the surface. 

Once tamed, your teen can use the Rescue Balm and Lightning Wand to visibly reduce any residual dry, red, or dark spots. Conveniently, you can find Hero Cosmetics at big box stores like Target.

They also have body care products to help with acne on other body parts as well.

Use code THEFILTERY15 for 15% off.


7. Rael

  • Price: $156
  • Includes:  Cleansing Water, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate, Moisturizer, Serum Mist, Invisible Spot Cover, Microcrystal Spot Cover

Even though Rael focuses on providing products that cater to people with periods, they also have skincare that’s safe for all skin types and sensitivities (including acne!).

They have a few different options, including a Miracle Clear Trio (daily skin-clearing for acne-prone skin) and a Skin-Brightening Kit (which can help with hyperpigmentation and acne scars).

They also carry sheet masks, pimple stickers, and more.


8. ZitSticka (Patch It Up Kit)

  • Price: $77 (On Sale for $64)
  • Includes: Patches for surface zits, deep zits, and dark spots

When shopping for the best teenage skin care products, you’ll probably want to consider zit stickers.

This kit is focused on healing zits at every stage with its transparent zit stickers teens can subtly wear anywhere from school to the gym. They’re even waterproof and can be used with makeup

Microdart technology in the Killa™ stickers delivers salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid into deep zits, while the aptly named Goo Getter™ hydrocolloid patches dry up any pus inside the more shallow ones with salicylic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C, and tea tree to help soothe and heal. Hyperfade™ the leftover dark spots with the lightening and brightening ingredients found in this patch’s microdarts to complete the zit healing lifecycle. 

ZitSticka states that its products are free from harmful ingredients. I did notice that the sunscreen Megashade™ has some questionable ingredients, so that’s the only product that we don’t recommend.


9. Blume

  • Price: $15 – $82 (Single Products and Bundles Available)
  • Includes: Face Wash, Acne Oil, & Hydrating Oil, + other acne and skincare products

The “Glass Skin Kit” set is a must-have for your teen’s skincare routine, which includes a creamy face wash with soothing plant extracts that won the 2021 Byrdie Eco Beauty Award. 

Blume’s Best Seller, Meltdown Acne Oil, is different from most spot treatments. It’s great for sensitive skin with ingredients like rosehip oil and chamomile flower in place of the harsher benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid you usually find. The main ingredient, Black Cumin Seed Oil, helps reduce inflammation and fights infection. The acne oil can be used alone as a spot treatment or mixed with the hyaluronic acid face moisturizer for full-face coverage.

They also offer other soothing acne-control products like Blume Buds (acne stickers), Milky Fade Serum (for scars and spots), clay masks, and more. This all makes Blume a great pick when it comes to skincare for tweens.


10. Good for You Girls (Skincare Trio)

  • Price: $45
  • Includes: Cleanser, Toner, and Moisturizer

Good For You Girls’ is another great option for (mostly) natural skincare for teenage skin. Their offerings are safe and effective and specifically tailored to address girls’ unique concerns.

What I appreciate most is their commitment to omit harmful ingredients, such as parabens, petrochemicals, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, and silicones. Instead, they infuse their products with natural essential oils and aromatics, heightening the overall pleasant experience.

The fact that they are vegan, gluten-free, and certified cruelty-free brings me immense peace of mind. Plus, they’re made right here in the USA!

This brand truly embodies a conscientious and delightful approach to skincare.


11. Boyzz Only (Hair & body care)

non toxic skincare shampoo for teens
  • Price: $9 – $60 (set)
  • Includes: Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, combo wash, detangler, pomade, body oil

So much of skin and personal care is marketed towards girls… But this brand is showing boys that they can go non-toxic, too!

They mostly carry haircare, but they also have a body wash, combo wash (shampoo & body), and body oil to keep things moisturized.

Most of their products are EWG Verified and CertClean certified (a Canadian certification label), which means they’re free from endocrine disruptors and other toxic chemicals. Many of the ingredients they use are certified organic, too.

Many of their products are also free from gluten and nuts, making them more suitable for those with eczema and allergies.

They have both scented and unscented options.

Use the code THEFILTERY15 for 15% off your order.


Non-Toxic & Natural Face Wipes

Let’s be honest: sometimes using facial wipes is much more realistic than going through an entire skincare routine. Wiping one’s face down after sports practice or before bed can make a big difference Here are some brands that make great non-toxic face wipes:

Learning how to take care of your skin doesn’t have to be stressful. There is a lot to consider, but you can feel good about shopping from the brands above. Once you find a natural and non-toxic skincare brand and routine that works for you or your teen, stick to it. Your face (and overall health!) will thank you for it!

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About Abbie

Abbie Davidson is the Creator & Editor of The Filtery. With almost a decade of experience in sustainability, she researches and writes content with the aim of helping people minimize environmental toxins in an in-depth yet accessible way.


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