If you’re a fan of green beauty, then you know about Juice Beauty. They were one of the first green beauty brands launching in 2005 back wayyyyyy before it was trendy to be green.
At their core, the brand utilizes organic fruit juices that are naturally high in vitamin c, fruit stem cells, peptides and natural essential oils. A lot of brands will eschew using fruit juices (or floral waters) and opt for water instead, but water acts as a filler and can actually leech moisture out of the skin!
I love that this line doesn’t use water as a filler, focuses on pure, clean ingredients and is mindful of those with sensitive skin.
Now, their Green Apple line made for brightening, refining and anti-aging is not recommended by the brand for sensitive skin, but I found a few ways to enjoy this line and see its benefits in spite of my uber reactive/sensitive skin. The key: only use one of these products at a time. Using the entire line would be just asking for your sensitive skin to explode. If you’re super sensitive and want to start out slow, I suggest going for the cleanser since it is a wash off product and the ingredients aren’t sitting on the skin. If you can tolerate the cleanser, then try incorporating the essence, but stop there. Or, just go for the moisturizer without the other two and call it a day.
That’s how I made these really beautiful products work for me and my sensitive skin! Read the full review of the line below.
Product: Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser
Best for: Sensitive skin types looking for a gentle way to brighten/exfoliate skin
Skin type: All skin types
Ingredients: Organic Apple Juice*, Organic Lemon Juice*, Organic Aloe Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerin, Sclerotium Gum, Lysolecithin, Capryl Hydroxamic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Pullulan, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Organic Sugar Cane Extract)*, Tangerine Oil, Potassium Sage Leaf Extract, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract, Dandelion Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Black Tea Leaf Extract, Lemon Extract, Apple Extract, Vitamin E, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sweet Neroli, Organic May Chang*, Ho Wood Pure Essential Oils. *Certified Organic Ingredient.
Review: I love this cleanser! It easily foams and washes away makeup. Though, if you’re wearing makeup, I do highly suggest you do a double cleanse to wash off the makeup and then cleanse the skin.
After the second use, I noticed brightening and evening of my skin right away. The blend of citrus extracts helps to naturally encourage cell turnover, lighten pigment and provide astringent properties.
Unfortunately, I can’t use this product anymore now that I’m pregnant because it does contain the vitamin A derivative – retinyl palmitate – which pregnant/breast feeding women are advised to avoid because of the potential teratogenic effects.
But if you’re NOT pregnant or breast feeding, and you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend you try this cleanser for brightening! The brand says this line of products is not for sensitive skin, but I have very reactive skin and it was able to tolerate this cleanser. Retinyl palmitate is the gentlest vitamin A derivative. The body has to convert retinyl palmitate into retinol and then convert it into retin a for the body to use it, which means it’s gentler on the skin, but the benefits are slower to appear.
Texture: Gel that easily foams
Scent: Strong citrus scent
Tip: If you have sensitive skin, you can use this cleanser 2-3x per week and still see great brightening results! Just make sure to only use this cleanser. I don’t think sensitive skin types would be able to handle using multiple products from this line at once.
Price: $28, 4oz – credobeauty.com
Product: Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Essence
Best for: Combating redness, gentle pore refiner
Skin type: All skin types
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Juice*, Organic Apple Juice*, Glycerin (organic/bio)*, Caprylyl/capryl Glucoside, Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract*, Organic Cucumber Extract*, Organic Licorice Root Extract*, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Hyaluronic Acid, Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract, Gluconolactone, Coconut Alkanes, Oleyl Alcohol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Carya Ovata Bark Extract, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Orange Oil, May Chang Oil, Ho Wood Oil. *certified Organic Ingredient
Review: First off, you know that a toner or mist is high quality when the first ingredients are aloe, floral waters or fruit juices, like this one by Juice Beauty! (Those that list water are less hydrating since applying water to the skin can actually draw moisture out of the skin!?)
I love the slight gel consistency of this essence. The soothing aloe, green tea, cucumber and hyaluronic acid offset the brightening, astringent properties of the fruit extracts. But it’s the licorice root that gives the big boost of brightening by inhibiting melanin formation.
Again, I have sensitive skin and I found this toner to be fine with my skin. I did notice a few little breakouts appear from the exfoliation initially, but this subsided with use.
Texture: This toner has a watery-serum texture that’s thicker than most toners.
Scent: Strong citrus and herbal scent
Tip: This is a great brightening product to use if you’re pregnant or breast feeding! They’re no vitamin A derivatives here, so it’s safe to use!
Price: $38, 4oz – credobeauty.com
Product: Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum
Best for: 30s+ looking for anti-aging/ not for sensitive skin
Skin type: All skin types
Ingredients: Organic apple juice*,Organic white grape juice*, Organic aloe juice*, Organic lemon juice*, glycerin†, coconut alkanes, coco-caprylate†, sodium hyaluronate†, glyceryl stearate SE†, hydroxyethylcellulose, Organic evening primrose oil*, Organic borage seed oil*, Black tea leaf extract, Canadian willowherb flower/leaf/stem extract, bilberry fruit extract, sugar cane extract, sugar maple extract, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract, algae extract, dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, squalane†, ubiquinone (CoQ10), DMAE L-Bitartrate, alpha lipoic acid, retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin P, sodium phytate, steareth-20, orange oil, may chang oil, ho wood oil. *certified organic ingredient † plant derived
Review: I found this to be the strongest brightener of the entire line and not a product I would recommend for sensitive skin. While it does have reparative and healing primrose oil in it, I found the astringent citrus ingredients to be stronger in this product.
This is also not safe for pregnant/breast feeding women since it contains retinal palmitate.
I recommend this product for someone who has resilient skin that can tolerate using acids and is used to retinol.
Texture: Milky, watery serum that absorbs clear
Scent: Mild fruity, floral scent. Very pleasing.
Tip: Some people take breaks from using prescription strength retin A and this would be a nice serum to use during the off period.
Price: $58, 1oz – credobeauty.com
Product: Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
Best for: 30s+ looking to brighten, refine and anti-age and prevent breakouts – safe for sensitive skin
Skin type: All skin types
Ingredients: Organic aloe juice*, Organic lemon juice)*, Organic apple juice*, Organic white grape juice*, cetearyl alcohol†, glycerin*, Organic shea butter*, Organic jojoba seed oil*, coconut alkanes, capryloyl glycerin, Organic safflower seed oil*, glyceryl stearate†, diheptyl succinate, squalane†, Organic avocado oil*, Organic evening primrose oil*, Organic linseed seed oil*, Organic borage seed*, Organic orange fruit extract*, Organic sugar cane extract*, Organic kelp extract*, Organic willow bark extract*, cetearyl glucoside, caprylyl glycol†, dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, xanthan gum, hesperidin methyl chalcone†, ubiquinone (CoQ10), alpha lipoic acid, DMAE Bitartrate, retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, sodium benzoate, ethylhexylglycerin†, sunflower seed oil, green tea leaf extract, lemon fruit extract, carya ovata bark extract, apple fruit extract, sodium hyaluronate†, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate†, gluconolactone†, coco-caprylate/caprate, steareth-20, triethyl citrate†, sweet orange oil, may chang oil, ho wood oil. *certified organic ingredient † plant derived
Review: I really love this moisturizer! I wish that I could use it, but alas it has vitamin A in it. The creamy texture seals in hydration all day long with anti-inflammatory organic shea butter and jojoba seed oil. Reparative avocado oil rich in omegas and primrose oil heal the skin. You’ll also get subtle pore refining and unclogging with this moisturizer from the willow bark extract (salicylic acid).
Texture: Creamy lotion
Scent: Subtle citrus, fruity and floral. Very pleasing.
Tip: With sensitive skin, the key is to only use one of these products at a time. So, when I would use this moisturizer, I wouldn’t use the other products. Using the whole line in entirety would be too much for sensitive skin, but by using just one – you’ll get the benefits without over stressing the skin.
Price: $50, 2oz – credobeauty.com
Photographed and written by Amy Chang, founder + editor