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While wearing a mask is one of our best defenses against Covid, it's not exactly a good way to ward off maskne, dryness, and other skin issues. And with colder weather and drier air approaching with fall, our skin could certainly use some extra love. Luckily, Seattle has a plethora of beauty retailers and local skin care brands devoted to all the things, from sun protection and moisturizer to gentle cleansers and beyond.
Rose Hydrating Skin Toner, Rue Sante
Made with hydrosols distilled from organic Bulgarian roses and rose geraniums from Washington, this gentle hydrating toner from Rue Sante also has white tea, marine algae, and sake extract. It's especially great for dry, sensitive, or irritated skin.
Nectar De Rose, French Girl
An oil cleanser can help your skin maintain its balance instead of stripping all the natural oils away. This one from local brand French Girl is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and fatty acids, and uses ingredients like jojoba, tamanu, and sunflower seed oils, as well as argan oils, rosehip, and rose geranium.
Skincare brand Clinique has a product for virtually every concern, but this is one of the best. Designed for various skin types (from very dry to oily), this gel-cream is an upgraded version of its classic Moisture Surge and promises to last 100 hours by penetrating deeply into your skin. Talk about hydration.
Seaweed Face Scrub, Gatherwise
Portland-based skin care line Gatherwise stocks a seed-to-bottle motherload at the Gatherwise farm, including oil cleansers, body scrubs, lip balms, and the unmissable All-Heal Salve. One of owner Melissa Fuller's most addictive products is the Seaweed Face Scrub, a sublime option for exfoliation day, but also gentle enough for everyday use or as a body scrub. It's made with oats and seaweed, and culminates in a fresh, earthy scent.
Me Myself and Eye Refreshing Eye Cream, K Banana
K Banana carries loads of Korean beauty products online and at its University Village brick-and-mortar, including this Me Myself and Eye eye cream by Facetory. It's made with rice water to help hydrate, plump, smooth, and brighten the skin around the eye.
Soothing Flowers Face Care Complete Set, Island Thyme
Turn to local brand Island Thyme for your whole skin care routine with a cleansing lotion, balancing witch hazel–based toner, oil serum, and a radiant day cream.
Purifying Clay Mask, Paula’s Choice
This purifying clay mask by Seattle brand Paula's Choice is just what your face needs for a skin reset. Three different clays help control the shiny-face effect, while green tea and willowherb calm redness.
Essential SPF 30, Kari Gran
Even when our signature cloud cover returns, SPF is still important. This mineral one by local brand Kari Gran uses non-nano zinc oxide and organic botanical oils that moisturize while protecting your skin from UVA and UVB rays, as well as blue light.
Pink Cloud Rosewater and Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser, Herbivore Botanicals
Seattle skin care line Herbivore Botanicals offers this light, foaming cleanser as an effective way to remove makeup and cleanse your face without stripping the skin and disrupting pH levels.