When we asked five goop staffers (including Gwyneth) to pick their one very favorite clean beauty product, their answers underscored our company-wide approach to beauty as wellness: Each chose something that made them feel good as well as look good—something that improved not just their skin but their moods and their lives.
Note: By desert island beauty essential, we mean your one must-have item—not what you’d take with you to an actual desert island. What any of us would take to an actual desert island is obvious: SPF 50. The best SPF 50 we know? This lavender-turmeric one for body by Naturopathica, and for face, the complexion-magic Weekend Skin from Iris&Romeo.
Our five staffers still had a hard time singling out one all-time ultimate beauty item they’d prioritize above all the others. But in the end, they made their choices—and it’s quite a list.
“This blush texture is otherworldly. The best stuff is under the surface (like most things in life, right?): All the velvety goodness is ultrasmoothing and blurring on the cheeks, lips, forehead, and chin for that really pretty allover blushing look. And it’s fun to layer with other shades, too, for your own custom color.”
“I would have to say the peptide serum right now, just because I’ve seen it make such a difference in my skin. I don’t want to erase time from the life I’ve lived, and I don’t have to be wrinkle-free. But I do think that trying to maintain skin texture and luminosity is great. The serum has all kinds of amazing things in it, including super peptides, and when I use it regularly, I love my skin.”
goop BeautyYouth-Boost Peptide Serumgoop, $150/$135 with subscription SHOP NOW
“This is a unique cleanser because it’s in powder form and you add water, but boy, do I love it. I’m a combo-oily-skin girl (even into my 40s), and this cleanses, exfoliates, and does a great job of removing my makeup as well as oil buildup. Because it’s a powder, I can always travel with it and don’t have to worry about it being oversize. Game changer!”
Dr. Barbara SturmEnzyme Cleansergoop, $80SHOP NOW
Annee de Mamiel’s Gravity Fix somehow magically pauses time with a potent mix of clean retinol and firming and collagen-boosting ingredients like red algae and glycoin. It’s pricey, but it’s in the ‘you get what you pay for’ camp. The texture and scent make it a soothing daily ritual you’ll look forward to, and the results—those will make you stay with Gravity Fix forever.
de MamielGravity Fixgoop, $265SHOP NOW
“Vintner’s Daughter is my forever favorite, go-to, one I can’t live without. It’s the only product in my many years as a beauty buyer that hasn’t changed with the ever-evolving lineup on my bathroom countertop—and that’s saying a lot.”
Vintner’s DaughterActive Botanical Serumgoop, $195SHOP NOW