For decades major companies have been coming out with skincare products that promise a lot but deliver little at a great cost. Unfortunately the focus has been on branding and not the quality of ingredients. The way we see it, Earth has been doing the research and development for millions of years. So why not trust in what nature has generously produced over the synthetic chemicals coming out of the cosmetic industry? Thankfully organic, cruelty-free and natural beauty is on the rise. Here we will discuss everything one should know about clean beauty swaps in order to make the switch to organic, green beauty.

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Let’s start with cleansers, as any good skincare routine does. There are some popular bar soap companies that claim they do not test on animals, yet don’t display any cruelty-free certifications on their website. It may not seem like a big deal, but we believe in being transparent with our customers about our entire process. This is part of the reason we became certified cruelty-free by PETA and certified organic through EcoCert. Additionally, many of the primary ingredients of well known bar soap brands are much more drying than the nourishing oils that compose our Soap Supérieure. For a healthier clean, opt for either our classic Soap Supérieure  or our Soap Supérieure Rose Geranium for sensitive skin.


Toners are an important step to a beauty regimen as they help to prepare the skin for the proper ph condition. Watch out for water-based toners that contain alcohol, parabens and fragrance—all ingredients that can disrupt the balance of a healthy complexion. For a healthy, greener option, try our alcohol-free Toner Supérieure. It contains organic witch hazel, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar and rose water to refine pores, calm breakouts and refresh the skin.


With any skincare item, you want to make sure you can recognize these first five ingredients as they are what constitute the majority of the product. A brand may advertise the use of beneficial botanicals such as Pomegranate, but the top ingredients may be C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol and Dimethicone. In addition, many popular brands still reportedly test their products on animals, so it’s important to always do your research. Crème Supérieure is perfect for those looking for the ultimate moisturizer without exposure to animal cruelty, alcohol or synthetics. Our top five ingredients include Aloe Vera, Jojoba oil, Sesame oil, Apricot Kernel oil and Evening Primrose oil all from organic farming.

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Exfoliants are excellent products for encouraging healthy skin cell turnover and revealing a healthy, fresh complexion. Unfortunately many products on the market are more abrasive than they need to be, leading to sun sensitive, damaged skin. For instance, exfoliants containing walnut shell pieces can cause micro tears in the skin. They may also contain a variety of other comedogenic ingredients including alcohols, synthetics and fragrance, which do more harm than good. Instead, opt for a product like Exfoliant Supérieurean organic exfoliant that utilizes Breton Sea Salt and Willow Bark extract to gently slough away dead skin cells while restoring critical moisture to the skin.


Even brands with objectively cleaner ingredients than some of the previously mentioned, may still include some questionable ingredients in their products. Masks advertised as formulated without parabens, phthalates or sulfates may still contain dimethicone—a silicone-based polymer that traps dirt, bacteria and impurities on the skin. Masque Supérieure is a luxurious sea treatment mask designed with sea minerals and extracts that delivers quality, organic results.

All in all, products containing alcohols, chemicals and synthetics with unpronounceable names often cause more harm than good in the long term. We believe informing our customers provides them with the knowledge to make educated decisions when purchasing skincare. This is why we are dedicated to promoting organic, cruelty free practices and practicing full transparency with all of our product’s ingredients. So next time you find yourself shopping for beauty products, we encourage you to do your best to choose natural products sourced ethically and responsibly. The efficacy of the ingredients provided by nature speak for themselves.


As the years pass, signs of aging inevitably appear as signatures of a life well-lived. Crows feet and sun spots crop up from days spent laughing and enjoying the sunshine. A few here and there are simple souvenirs from the winding road we’ve traveled, but many can be the skin’s way of asking for assistance.

Fine lines and wrinkles are not always due to aging, they’re often a sign of dehydration. It’s important to note that moisturizing and hydrating are not synonymous. In fact, one can think of the former as how we care for the skin from the outside, and the latter as care from within. Preventing dehydration is something we’ll get into shortly, however alleviating dryness is a task for skincare. Our best tips for external care and combatting dryness are following a simple regimen such as:

  1. Massage Balm Supérieure into skin and remove with a warm wash cloth to cleanse away dirt, makeup and pollution.
  2. Apply Toner Supérieure with a reusable cotton pad to balance the skin’s natural pH and leave skin refreshed.
  3. Pat 1-2 drops of Serum Supérieure into skin to promote the skin’s elasticity and prevent fine lines and dark spots.
  4. Finish with either the Ultra Sensitive Creme or the Creme Supérieure to lock in moisture and protect against dryness.
  5. Include the Masque Supérieure once a week and the Exfoliant Supérieure twice a week after Step 1 to remove dry skin cells, soften texture and illuminate the complexion.

Following this routine will provide immediate results, however skincare is only part of the long term equation. Our diet plays a major role in the overall health of our skin. Drinking plenty of water and eating organic, water-dense foods are excellent ways to increase the amount of water in our skin cells.

Put simply, the more water in our cells, the more plump, smooth and healthy the skin will be. Eating a diet rich in water and nutrients also helps balance the blood pH level of the fluids in your body, which has been shown to prevent more than just dehydrated skin. Fresh fruits and vegetables are staple to a healthy alkaline diet. Our top picks are cucumbers, mushrooms, citrus, spinach, tomatoes, avocados… the list goes on. It’s also a good idea to consume plenty of raw fruits and vegetables as close to their fresh, alive state as possible. For more information on the importance of pH, eating an alkaline diet and foods to avoid, check out the article: Alkaline Diet.

As most of us know, prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to caring for your skin long term. A wide brimmed sun hat, a mineral based sunscreen and quality skincare are essential. That said, much of our skin’s health is attributed to what’s going on beneath the surface. Essentially, increasing our intake of water and organic greens while reducing the amount of acidic foods in our diet will ultimately result in a more hydrated complexion and a more healthy you. At the end of the day, that’s what truly matters.

A multi-tasking wonder in our organic beauty line, Balm Supérieure is a fusion of fine oils designed to cleanse deeply and restore luster, leaving everything in its wake softened, cleansed and nourished. Utilizing gentle emollients and refreshing essential oils, this must-have organic cleansing balm offers many benefits, including the following five.

Cleanse, Remove Makeup, Moisturize

Originally formulated as a cleansing balm, the fine oils in Balm Supérieure gently dissolve surface build-up and soak into the pores, bathing and nourishing them.

Cleansing with the proper ingredients is an essential step to avoid dry, rough skin. Replace harsh, foaming cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oil layer with an oil-based cleanser.  Transitioning to Radiance

Balm Supérieure will also remove all makeup, including mascara. As it does so, it nourishes with luscious emollients.

Without oils to reinforce the natural barrier, our skin retains less water, gets drier, and is more prone to fine lines. An oil-based organic cleansing balm avoids the drying action of other kinds of cleansers and leaves the skin better able to protect itself from the elements and avoid signs of premature aging.

The best moisturizers for dry and mature skin work to compensate for lower oil production by replenishing the healthy oils we produce naturally. Oil-based Moisturizers

Gently massage into skin to clear away makeup, pollution and impurities. Remove with a warm wash cloth and rinse with cool water to reveal soft, clean skin.

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Rather than strip necessary oils from the lashes, Balm Supérieure softens and nourishes eyelashes as it cleanses away stubborn mascara. With daily wear and tear, lashes can become weak and brittle, but using this organic balm will help maintain thick, youthful-looking lashes.

Nourish Hair and Tame Flyaways

The light oils in Balm Supérieure, combined with the enlivening fragrance of citrus, clary sage and sandalwood, provide moisture to the hair without being too heavy. Perfect for taming flyaways, nourishing dead ends and creating sleek summer styles. Place a few drops onto your fingertips and work up from the ends of the hair. Works with both a wet or dry look.

Alleviate Dry Scalp and Hair

For the ultimate hair moisturizing experience, use Balm Supérieure as a hair mask. Start with dry hair and work a generous amount  into the roots and through the ends. Let the oils sit for as long as you’d like, but at least 30 minutes, and then rinse with water, or shampoo as usual.

Strengthen Nails and Cuticles

Take a drop or two and gently massage the balm’s oils into your nails and cuticles. Adding moisture helps to strengthen the nails and nourish the cuticles, which will help prevent hang nails and broken manicures.

Whether you’re in need of a moisturizing cleanser for dry winter skin or a smoothing hair treatment on humid summer nights, Balm Supérieure is a multi-tasking organic cleansing balm that delivers! Useful for hair, skin and nails all year long. You’ll wonder what you ever did without it. Click here to shop!

It might go against everything the market is telling you, but you do not need a whole shelf of moisturizing creams.  You only need one good organic moisturizer. It should give all of your face the tender loving care it deserves –  including  the thinner, delicate skin under your eyes –  as well as your neck and décolleté.

Day, Night, Eye, Face, BB, CC?

Moisturizing creams supposedly formulated for specialized purposes are great for grabbing your attention, but there’s hardly any real difference between them. A good moisturizer should protect and nourish every part of your face, including the delicate areas around the eyes.

I decided to test my cream on twenty of my fussiest friends who were using the most expensive beauty brands. This was no easy task, as they truly believed in all the hype – they thought that the more expensive the product, the better it must work… To my delight, 100% of them came back saying “this is the best moisturizer I’ve ever used.” – About Gaelle Organic

The Right Cream For You

The fact is, one cream is all you need, day or night, for all of your face, neck and décolleté – provided it is the right cream for your skin. The key is to find the right formulation for your skin, and stick to it to reap the long-term benefits.

You and your moisturizer should feel caught up in a love affair. Nothing less is good enough for your skin.”  -Gaelle

How to Tell if a Moisturizer is Right for Your Skin

You can easily tell if your moisturizer is working for you. It should plump up your skin and make fine lines disappear – right away. The most obvious sign is that your skin will feel silky-smooth and look radiant. With time, these immediate results should continue to improve.

If you are not seeing these results, the solution is not to buy more products for different parts of your face, or for different times of day or night. The solution is to find a good organic moisturizer that works for you!

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Judge By Your Results

Seeing is believing! If you are using the right cream for your skin, you should see results immediately, and your skin should become more and more beautiful the longer you use it. That is what we expect of the organic moisturizers we have formulated.

The Best Organic Moisturizers

The best organic moisturizers are oil-based.  If you have tried organic moisturizers before, and did not see the results you wanted, it may be because the ones your tried contained alcohol as a preservative. Alcohol can be troublesome in skincare, especially on dry skin.

That’s why our organic anti-aging moisturizers –  Crème Supérieure and, for extra sensitive skin, Ultra Sensitive Crème –  are made from fine organic oils and botanical extracts, entirely free of alcohol. Their results speak for themselves!

Many of us know that we should be using a moisturizer, but we may not fully understand what the benefits are, or should be. The importance of moisturizer can not be over stated. Creams and oils provide vital support to our first line of defense from the elements. Additionally, we’ve included a list of seven things your moisturizer should be doing for you to encourage healthy, beautiful skin.

Reduce Appearance of Fine Lines

Your moisturizer should plump up your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. And it should not need to be supplemented with night creams and eye creams and BB balms. A perfectly formulated moisturizer will deliver everything that your skin cells need to retain moisture and reduce signs of aging.


A great moisturizer will rapidly reduce redness, irritations and breakouts. An important factor to check for that your moisturizer is alcohol free. Unfortunately at lot of organic skin care uses high levels of alcohol as a preservative, but for a lot of people this can be too harsh and drying.


A well formulated moisturizer will soften and smooth your skin texture. Optimal hydration and quality ingredients will encourage healthy skin cell turnover which results in a smooth, supple complexion.


A great cream will restore your luminosity, leaving your complexion lustrous and radiant. A simple rule of thumb to remember is that hydrated skin is healthy, glowing skin.


Your moisturizer should protect your skin from dryness and environmental stressors. When we provide the skin with proper nutrients, it’s barrier function is better able to handle changes in climate and external extremes.


Buying a self care product should be a soul-nourishing experience. It’s important to feel good about the industries we support with out dollar from source to sale. Click here to learn about our organic certification, and the high standards we value holding ourselves to.


And last but definitely not least, your moisturizer should FEEL fantastic. It should SMELL great. It should be doing WONDERFUL things for you and your skin. You and your moisturizer should feel caught up in a love affair . Nothing less is good enough for your skin.

With the right moisturizer, you will see all of these results right away, and your skin will become more and more beautiful the longer you use it.

I’m happy to say that our Crème Supérieure Anti-aging Moisturizer and our Ultra Sensitive Crème Anti-aging Moisturizer are formulated to deliver all of this for your skin. Click the links to learn more and shop our full collection!

Getting ourselves certified by Ecocert was a bigger deal than I had expected. The level of detail!  But actually I was thrilled that they take the quality of our products so seriously, and here’s why.


  • Ecocert requires that at least 95% of the plant ingredients in our products be certified as from organic farming.
  • These plants must be processed as lightly as possible.
  • Harmful synthetic ingredients are completely banned.
  • We tell you exactly what’s in all of our products. You see the complete ingredient list, not just selected ‘key ingredients.’
  • All claims of “organic” content are independently verified.


  • Most organic skincare contains a lot of alcohol as that is the only reliable preservative allowed under the U.S. organic standard. But we find alcohol is too drying for the skin and that the full power of organic skincare only becomes available when it is free of alcohol. That’s why we chose to be certified by Ecocert.
  • Ecocert is Europe’s leading organic certifier and their organic cosmetic standard supports top quality skincare without the use of alcohol as a preservative.


  • No GMOs. These are plants the way that nature intended.
  • No irradiation or toxic processing.


  • No animal testing, and no ingredients that have been tested on animals.
  • No ingredients whose production harms animals.


  • Ingredients certified by Ecocert must be kind to the natural world – for example no degradation or contamination of landscape is permitted – ‘negative effects on the natural balance’ are not allowed.
  • Packaging must be recyclable. We bring each of our products to you in one of our beautiful boxes, to keep them out of direct sunlight and preserve all of their potency. But, we keep our packaging to an elegant minimum.

Ecocert have taken a really good hard look at our products, and all the processes we use to bring them to you, and have confirmed that we are in full compliance with their organic cosmetic standard.

And they inspect our lab and audit our records every year to make sure we remain in compliance with it.

We are thrilled to make  eco-certified products. With them, you can enjoy the amazing benefits of alcohol-free organic skincare and see results that speak for themselves!

We all experience clogged pores from time to time. To nurture smooth, healthy skin it’s essential to remove the build up and let your skin breath. These three steps are for whenever you want to incorporate deep pore cleansing into your routine. They are especially helpful if you have large pores that have become clogged.

Step 1: Steaming Pores

Steaming is the best way to unclog pores and deeply cleanse them. It’s easy to do and works well. Start by boiling a pot of water; put it into a bowl and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then add two or three drops of your favorite essential oil. Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lavender are excellent options for revitalizing and soothing the complexion.

Place a small towel over your face and lean over the bowl so the steam can do its work. Steam for at least 5 minutes. If you have clogged pores near your nose, it can take 15 minutes to get the full benefit. Try incorporating this into your routine at least once a week to see long term benefits.

Step 2: Exfoliating and Purifying Pores

Gaelle Organic | Exfoliant Superieure | Like Taking A Dip in the OceanNext step is to exfoliate. Give yourself a 30-Second Facial with Exfoliant Supérieure. Its finely-milled French sea salt will offer deep pore cleansing and purification.

For a  deeper treatment, leave Exfoliant Supérieure on the skin for fifteen minutes or so. Its willow bark extract, a natural source of salicylic acid (BHA), will penetrate into the skin for a deeper level of exfoliation.

You should see these immediate benefits of exfoliating and deep pore cleansing:

  • a thorough removal of dead skin cells
  • a smooth, soft complexion
  • a healthy, luminous glow

Step 3: Minimizing Pores

After exfoliating, it is time to minimize your pores. Rinse your freshly-cleansed pores with  Toner Supérieure, an alcohol-free, astringent toner. You can keep it in the refrigerator to increase its pore-minimizing effect.

Gaelle Organic | Toner Superieure | Clear the Complexion and Balance Skin’s pH LevelsDab the toner onto your face with a cotton ball and let it dry. This gentle toner can become part of your daily routine to maintain beautiful skin. It will help balance the skin’s pH, prevent breakouts and keep your complexion clear. To learn more about the importance of toning, check out Our Guide to the Best Toner Ingredients.

These three simple steps will leave your skin feeling refreshed and revived. With your pores deeply cleansed and minimized, you can enjoy a smoother look and a healthier, clearer complexion.

In this picture from my modeling days, my skin looks lovely and clear. I have to say though, that it wasn’t always like that.

Even while I was rushing from one photoshoot to another, I lived in dread of my skin erupting into an outburst of acne at just the wrong moment.

But one of those breakouts, which came at the worst possible moment, led me to the solution that would change my skin, and philosophy, forever.

Into the Dead Sea

I had been hired by the German magazine Der Spiegel for a swimsuit feature to be shot in the Dead Sea. The day before the shoot, I broke out in spots. My face, my neck, my chest- everywhere!

I slapped heavy makeup over my pimples, and hoped for the best. But, as soon as the art director had us move into the water, the makeup all washed off.

The Dead Sea Salts Cleared My Skin

Then the miracle happened! As soon as it was immersed in those biblical waters, rich with salts and minerals, my skin started to clear. In just ten minutes the skin of my chest was smooth again.

Tentatively, I patted the water onto my face. Almost immediately, that skin, too, started to calm and soothe. By the time the photographer was ready to shoot, my skin was completely clear, and no-one had ever noticed otherwise.

The salt water had penetrated into my pores, bathing them with antiseptic minerals. My skin could really breathe and my complexion totally cleared. It felt like such a miracle, and it woke me to the healing power of mineral salts.

Then I Discovered Breton Sea Salt

When I formulated Exfoliant Superiéure, I turned first to Dead Sea Salt as a natural exfoliator. I knew it made a fabulous detoxing bath.  But I found the crystals to be too rough for my skin when used as a face scrub.  So I steered my research towards gentler options. I discovered the gorgeous fine-milled salts of the Breton region of France.

The salts are used as a gentle face scrub to loosen dead cells that otherwise cause skin to look tired and dull. They deeply cleanse the pores, purifying and disinfecting them. Their gentle abrading action stimulates the skin’s surface circulation. A simple 30-second treatment once or twice a week can give you polished skin, radiant with health. – A 30-Second Facial for Radiant Skin

Exfoliant Superieure

The French use the hot summer sun to dry sea water in clay-lined pools, before they stone-grind the evaporated salt into a fine powder. They have known of its beauty benefits for generations. French spas are renowned for their therapeutic use of these fine, natural salts.

I combined these beautiful salts with soothing Aloe Vera juice, cleansing Jojoba oil, and other organic emollients, to make a deeply cleansing and nourishing exfoliant which is suitable for all skin types.

And for a Gentle, Natural Peel…

To complete the product, I added Willow Bark Extract, a natural source of β-hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid. In its natural form within willow bark extract, salicylic acid has fewer sensitivity risks than when used as an isolated synthetic ingredient. This lets Exfoliant Supérieure be used as a gentle, natural peel.  Just leave it on the skin for twenty minutes or so after routine exfoliating and reveal healthy, luminous skin as nature intended.


People are always asking me why I don’t make an eye cream, or a night cream, or a neck cream. How come we have only two creams? Our retailers say more creams would fill up their shelf space and be good for business- so why don’t we make more of them?

The fact is, there is no need for extra creams. Based on my 30 years experience as an esthetician, I don’t see the need for eye creams and night creams to properly look after your skin. For the most part, they are just marketing ploys. When you see through the hype, achieving beautiful skin becomes a lot simpler.

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Eye Cream?

Why would you put a special cream on the thinner, more delicate skin under your eyes and then put a less-than-special cream on the rest of your face? Or, if a cream is not good enough to put on your more delicate skin, why would you use it anywhere on your face?

Of course, the skin under your eyes needs a really good moisturizer that has no harsh chemicals in it. But so does the rest of your face! All of your face will respond to loving care, and only the best is good enough for all of it.

That’s why I make creams that can be used on the thinnest, most delicate skin, such as under the eyes, and recommend it be used all over the face, neck and décolleté. A thin layer of one of our rich moisturizers will be sufficient for the majority of the skin, and adding a second layer to under eyes will provide the extra moisture this delicate skin is looking for.

Night Cream?

The same goes for night cream. You don’t need a different cream at night from the one that works for you in the daytime. The reason you may be seeing a different result from the cream you use at night is because your skin is protected from environmental stressors while you are in bed, and your body goes into healing mode while you are asleep. Your chemistry changes and your body, including your skin, restores itself. The results are caused by your body, not by your special night cream.

Less is More

The key is to find one good cream that really works for you and then use it, day and night, on your face, neck and décolleté. One good organic moisturizer will do it all.

You and your moisturizer should feel caught up in a love affair. Nothing less is good enough for your skin. – Gaelle

Seeing Is Believing

It’s easy to see if a cream is right for you. A quality moisturizer should show these results, right away, and they should keep on getting better with time:

  • fine lines reduce as your skin plumps up
  • your complexion takes on a luminous glow
  • your skin becomes smoother and more supple

If you are not getting these results, you need a different cream – not different creams for different parts of your face, or different times of day or night. 

The Best Organic Moisturizers

The best organic moisturizers are oil-based and free of alcohol.

Creme Superieure

We make two organic moisturizers for dry skin, each derived from the finest organic oils and botanical extracts.

One, Crème Supérieure, is for normal skin, the other, Ultra Sensitive Crème, is for especially sensitive skin.

Both of them are free of alcohol and suitable for day and night use, including on the sensitive areas under the eyes.

Their results speak for themselves!

Even when I was younger with oily skin, I always found alcohol to be vey drying. Now that I have more mature skin, I never use it. Despite it’s harsh effect on the skin, it is still present in so many skincare products- including organic ones. Here’s where I’ll explain the trouble with alcohol in skincare.

It’s true that alcohol in skincare has benefits. It can give denser creams a lighter feel and it can give temporary relief to too much oiliness. It can even help some ingredients to penetrate more deeply. But the main reason it is used in organic skincare products is because it is one of the only effective preservatives allowed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s organic standard.

Good for Shelf Life, Not Your Complexion

While alcohol is good for the shelf life of products, it’s simply too harsh for the skin. It’s one of the reasons why people think organic skincare is not as effective as conventional, chemically-laden skincare. The alcohol in it degrades the benefits that are otherwise available from organic ingredients!

It also strips away the skin’s protective barrier which is how it helps some ingredients to penetrate deeper. This causes the skin to become more prone to dryness and signs of aging. As skin becomes more sensitive, it becomes less and less able to withstand the effects of alcohol, resulting in irritation and even rawness.

Tempting for Acne Sufferers, But Self-Defeating

Some people with oily skin are prone to acne and use alcohol-based toners to strip the excess oil from their skin. Unfortunately, this prompts the body to respond by increasing its oil production. This leads to a continuous, self-defeating cycle that could have been avoided to begin with.

Additionally, there are other problems with alcohol on the skin. It can reduce resistance to free radical damage – the very opposite of anti-aging, and another reason why organic skincare is often less effective than it should be.

Finding Organic Products Without Alcohol

When alcohol is used as a preservative in an organic product, it generally takes up about 14% of the volume of the product – it’s not just a few drops! So it really pays to look at the ingredient lists of products you are using on your skin. Avoid alcohols listed as “organic alcohol” or as ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol. 

Ecocert Enables Alcohol-Free Organic Skincare

It is unfortunate that the U.S. organic standard pushes so many manufacturers to use alcohol as a preservative. Just because it is organic alcohol does not make it any better for your skin. That’s why we decided to have Gaelle Organic’s products be certified by Ecocert, Europe’s leading organic certifier. Ecocert’s organic cosmetics standard supports the formulation and manufacture of organic skincare without the use of alcohol.

In closing, there is no need to use harsh chemicals such as alcohol on your skin. Once you give your skin a complete break from them and use pure organic products instead, you will be amazed by how quickly and fully your skin rejuvenates itself.

Click to see Gaelle Organic’s alcohol-free skincare line

Click to learn five good reasons to chose Ecocertified products for your skin