The SELF Healthy Beauty Awards award each year the best new products on the market to help you care for your skin and hair based on your personal needs. These needs can range from the care of your combination skin to fine, natural hair. To treat health problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis; To obscure (or at least feel better) scars or bald patches of body-focused repetitive behaviors. Among other! Whatever your concern, we are there for you.
We have categorized our winners by skin type or condition, as this is the fastest way to find the products that are specifically made for you: dry skin, oily and acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, scars and discoloration, and the like , And we have limited our winners to products that have a direct impact on these issues or conditions, with our main (but not exclusively) skin care products, hair care products for various hair and scalp types, and cosmetics that affect the skin and brows , focus and eyelashes.
We spent over six months selecting this year's winners. The procedure included a panel of dermatologists who gave instructions on ingredients, 83 individual testers with a wide range of skin conditions, skin types and hair types as well as over 1
Read this essay by our editor-in-chief to learn more about the brand's philosophy behind the Healthy Beauty Awards on what "healthy beauty" means to them . Read on to find out more about how we picked this year's winners, what guidelines we used and which dermatologists helped us.
How we selected the winners
At the beginning, we consulted several dermatologists with specialist training and an ophthalmologist to get instructions on ingredients. We gave them a list of the different product types we wanted to test and asked them to name the ingredients or marketing terms that someone would like to look for or avoid with certain conditions, concerns, or goals in each of these products.
Next, we assembled a small army of testers (83, to be exact). We have specifically targeted individuals with a variety of disorders and skin problems – rosacea, cystic acne, dandruff, eczema, etc. – as well as other, more cosmetic goals. (Yes, we recognize that wrinkles and dark circles are not skin conditions, but they are still a problem for many and we're here to help.) Our testers wrote reviews for each product and ranked the selection on a scale from zero (the worst) to five (the best).
Then it was time to look at our results. And then it got a bit more complicated.
The universe of non-prescription beauty products is a bit overwhelming. It is full of misunderstandings, confusing and sometimes frightening marketing language, contradictory or limited research, not much transparency and almost no state regulation. All of which makes it hard to say whether you should absolutely use or necessarily avoid … well, most products because you can not tell exactly how much of each ingredient they contain. Is there enough of ingredient A to be effective? Is too little ingredient B present to cause irritation? It can be difficult, if not impossible, to challenge this. (For more information on the science of skincare and the basics of a skincare routine, see our new comprehensive guide to skincare .)
To make things a little more difficult, there were certain products that seemed really good with The experts' recommendations, but the testers – people with actual skin conditions – found them irritating or ineffective. Likewise, there were products that did not conform so well with the expert guidelines, but the testers absolutely raved about it.
And finally, the obvious fact is that what makes a good beauty product can be incredibly subjective. Our testers agreed on many products … and did not agree with others. In the world of beauty, it depends on personal preference, and there is no one size.
For all these reasons, when selecting products to consider and awarding awards, we consider the following: We chose to distance ourselves from absolutist language such as "must" and "never" when it came to certain ingredients. Instead, we approached the expert's recommendations as trend-setting, rather than rigorous, and added weight to products that came more from the "Search for" column rather than the "Avoid" column. We've also given more weight to the products that most testers seemed to love. Our winners and the products we tested reflect this selection.
Nevertheless, in each product description, we make a point to find out if the product received "bonus points", as it were, because it had something of the good stuff, and also found out if the products contained ingredients that some of the experts highlighted stay away. We have also identified this with proposals that differed from our own.
What the Experts Say
The feedback we received from our amazing panel of dermatologists and ophthalmologists was wonderfully extensive. it took countless spreadsheets to keep track. The following is a summary of recommendations for various top-level product categories based on your specific concern, skin type, or condition. The actual information they provided was much more detailed, but we thought this would be the most useful way to present the information.
You may notice a lot of repetitions in this list – but all titles. Some powerful ingredients can be effective and beneficial regardless of your skin type. and likewise, some are probably wise to avoid if you have the choice. This is how we broke it down:
- ON THE LABEL: This refers to the language you can use to look for labels on cosmetic products. Remember that much of what you see on a label is marketing jargon without any regulation. That said, it can still be helpful as a starting point for your search.
- SEARCH: These are the ingredients that our experts have recommended.
- AVOID IF POSSIBLE: These are the ingredients that our experts use Caution – either because the ingredients could potentially worsen your skin type or skin condition, or because they generally discourage customers.
Again, these are not strict rules. If a favorite product in your pharmacy cabinet already contains one of these ingredients, remember that you need to consider a formula holistically. And if something is already working well in your skin care, you may want to stick to it. However, if you are not sure, consult a dermatologist.
The experts said the following:
Skin care and make-up for dry skin
- ON THE LABEL: "Non-drying," Non-irritating, "moisturizing," moisturizing, and "non-comedogenic" ,
- SEARCH BY: hyaluronic acid, glycerol, shea butter, squalane, aloe vera, coconut water, urea; and when it came to body products, natural oils like sunflower oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, coconut oil and safflower seed oil.
- AVOID IF POSSIBLE: Parabens, fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, hard physical peels (like apricot kernels), too much alcohol and too many acids (like salicylic acid that can dry). As heads-up, you should know that research on some controversial ingredients such as parabens and phthalates is not entirely clear. Further information can be found here .
Skin care and make-up for sensitive skin
- ON THE LABEL: "gentle", "non-irritant", "hypoallergenic", "non-comedogenic", "non-drying" or "for sensitive skin". In general, our Derme recommend the use of products with shorter ingredient lists. Fewer ingredients mean that the product is less likely to contain an ingredient that can irritate your skin.
- SEARCH BY: hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, aloe, witch hazel, ceramides, mineral sunscreens (such as titanium), dioxide and zinc) and antioxidants (such as vitamins C and E).
- AVOID IF POSSIBLE: Dyes, parabens, phthalates, perfumes, too much alcohol, essential oils, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
Skin care and make-up for combination skin  ON THE LABEL: "perfume-free" and "non-comedogenic"
Skin care and make-up for oily or acne-prone skin
- ON THE LABEL: "gentle", "oil-free", "whitening", "peeling" and "non-comedogenic"
- SEARCH BY : alpha or beta-hydroxy acids, salicylic acid (a particularly popular beta-hydroxy acid) and glycolic acid.
- AVOID IF: Oil-based products (try to avoid products with "oil" in the ingredients list), coconut oil (which can clog pores) and tea tree oil as a toner (which can be irritating).
Hair care for fine or thinning hair
- ON THE LABEL:  "voluminising", "thickening", "sulphate-free", "root-lifting" and "talc-free".
- SEARCH BY: jojoba oil, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, hydrolyzed keratin and silicones (such as dimethicone).
- AVOID IF: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Isopropyl Alcohol, Triclosan, Retinyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, FD and C Color Pigments, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Chlorine, Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) as well as FD & C color pigments.
Hair Care for Oily Hair
- ON THE LABEL: ] "Mild shampoos" or "mild conditioners", "sulfate-free", "cleansing" or "talc-free".
- SEARCH FOR : Oils such as coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil and salicylic acid. Our dermis also recommend that you avoid over-washing or a product that requires excessive scrubbing.
- AVOID IF POSSIBLE: Excessive fortification, parabens, more occlusive oils (such as coconut oil), phthalates, synthetic fragrances and sugars, salts, or other scouring agents.
Hair Care for Dry Hair
- ON THE LABEL: "Low-foaming" or "foam-free" shampoos, "moisturizing", "sulphate-free", "promoting luster", "containing amino acids" and "alcohol-free". 19659069] SEARCH: Oils such as argan oil, jojoba oil, apricot oil, coconut oil, olive oil or palm oil, shea butter, antioxidants (such as vitamin E), hydrolyzed keratin and silicones (such as dimethicone).
- AVOID IF POSSIBLE Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), isopropyl alcohol, triclosan, retinyl palmitate, propylene glycol, FD and C color pigments, polyethylene glycol (PEG), chlorine, diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine (MEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) and FD C-color pigments.
Meet our Experts
We are the followers the experts, four dermatologists and an ophthalmologist, incredibly grateful, who have given us in consultation with this very large project, detailed and thoughtful notes. We have won them for their insights and expertise, and they have achieved more than good results.
Lora Glass, M.D.
Dr. Lora Glass is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center, specializing in ophthalmic surgery, and founder of the Center for Peri-ocular and Facial Dermatitis. She is also Director of Education for Medical Students and Associate Residency Program Director of Ophthalmology.
Michele Green, M.D.
Dr. Michele S. Green is a state-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology, laser and dermatological surgery. As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and Skin Cancer Foundation. Green in the magazine New York is recognized as a leader in the field of dermatology among the "Best Doctors". It is connected to Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.
Dr. Green graduated from Yale University and attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In recent years she has been advising global skin care brands such as L'Oreal, Johnson and Johnson, Bioré and RoC on research, development and safety testing of global product launches. This experience gave her the opportunity to develop her own line of specialty products called MGSKINLABS. Dr. Green has appeared in several magazines and television programs and published articles in professional journals, including The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology, where she wrote about the surgical reconstruction and treatment of malignant melanoma.
Pearl Grimes, MD, FAAD
Dr. Pearl E. Grimes is a dermatological expert and a leading international authority on vitiligo and pigment disorders. As director of the Southern California Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute, she treats patients from all over the world looking for their expertise and patient care.
In her capacity as Director of the Grimes Institute for Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology, Dr. Ing. Grimes treats a wide range of dermatological and aesthetic problems in patients of all ethnicities and skin types. She is a committed clinician, researcher and consultant, giving lectures on pigment disorders, cosmetic procedures, chemical peel, fillers and microdermabrasion. She is also a clinical professor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Grimes is also an accomplished author who has authored over 100 journal articles, abstracts and two textbooks. In 2006, she also founded CARRY (Restoring Vulnerable Youth Coalition), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable and caregiving youth.
Melissa Levin, M.D.
Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin is a state-certified dermatologist in New York specializing in cosmetic dermatology. She is the founder and director of Entière Dermatology, a practice for medical and cosmetic dermatology at Flatiron. She is a clinical instructor at Langone Medical Center, New York University.
Dr. Levin has presented at specialist meetings and instructed doctors as trainers for cosmetic treatments, including neuromodulators, fillers and laser surgery. He is a consultant to several skin care companies. She is reviewing numerous medical journals and continues to conduct clinical research on innovative laser devices and soft tissue enhancement of injectable fillers for aesthetics and acne. As a media expert she shares her dermatology expertise with several media.
Meena Singh, M.D.
Dr. Meena Singh is a certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon. She attended Harvard Medical School, trained at Mayo Clinic, and completed a surgical grant in New York City. After completing a scholarship to the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery, Dr. Singh in all areas of hair transplantation techniques including: strip excision, manual / motorized / robotic follicle extraction, and scar tissue transplantation.
Dr. Singh specializes in medical hair loss treatments for all cosmetic and medical types. Her passion is the treatment of skin colors. She has numerous publications in several journals for dermatology, book chapters and has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.