Every Clean Beauty Product Our Favorite Wellness Influencer, Melissa Wood, Uses Instead of Botox
We started following Melissa Wood-Tepperberg on Instagram a few months ago, but ever since launching her own health and wellness app in December, she’s jumped the ranks in popularity. Focusing on the three M’s (meditation, movement and mindful eating), she brings her unique low-impact workouts and guided meditations to your phone or TV. And while she’s always rocking the cutest matching sets in her tutorials, we can’t help but notice her super glowy yet natural-looking complexion. At 37, she barely has any noticeable wrinkles, and she has even taken to Instagram to comment on the power of natural, healing beauty products with Botox-like qualities. We’ll have what she’s having—aka all 15 of these clean skincare and makeup products that she’s sworn by on Instagram.
1. INDIE LEE PURIFYING FACE WASH
Finding natural products that work for acne-prone skin isn’t always easy (thanks to the myriad oils used). But Wood loves this purifying face wash from Indie Lee for its ability to calm skin and combat free radical damage with the gentlest of formulas.
2. INDIE LEE COQ-10 TONER
If your toner burns or stings when applied, then it’s probably actually a drying astringent. This formula is made without alcohol, so it’s super gentle and won’t irritate skin. Apply a little bit to a cotton ball and swipe over cleansed skin to remove any traces of makeup and residue while balancing pH levels. Wood uses this in combination with the Purifying Face Wash to keep her skin clear and glowing (and it’s working).
3. INDIE LEE ACTIVE OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER
This fast-absorbing moisturizer is another one of Wood’s picks for acne-prone skin. Thanks to daisy flower and immortelle extracts, it fights free radical damage and brightens skin without any potentially pore-clogging oils.
4. INDIE LEE BANISH STICK
Sensing a pattern here? This targeted blemish formula works to remedy breakouts fast by unclogging pores and neutralizing bacteria. We especially love that the stick applicator allows for a super precise application, so the rest of our surrounding skin doesn’t get dried out.
5. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE SUPERFOOD FIRM AND BRIGHTEN VITAMIN C SERUM
Wood calls it “Youth in a bottle. Literally.” And we couldn’t agree more. It’s made with a 100 percent vegan custom superfood blend to hydrate, repair, soften, brighten and protect skin against signs of aging.
6. NATUROPATHICA SWEET CHERRY BRIGHTENING ENZYME PEEL
If your complexion is looking dull, try Wood’s favorite brightening product: Naturopathica Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel. She took to Instagram Stories, saying it’s her “Mask obsession 1-2X/week.” Powered by sweet cherry puree and lactic acid (which is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin), it helps remove dead skin cells to reveal a glowier, smoother complexion after just one use.
7. WILDLING EMPRESS STONE GUA SHA
We have to admit we were a tad skeptical about the lifting and toning effects of gua sha, but Wood swears by it. At age 37, she has barely any wrinkles, and she doesn’t even get Botox. In her IGTV tutorial, she says, “I use this literally at least once a day … even if I’m sitting on the damn toilet. I don’t care, as long as I get it in. And that is how dedicated I am to this.” This specific stone is made of 40+ healing minerals and comes with both smooth and jagged edges to help easily release tension and toxins from the body.
8. KJAER WEIS CREAM BLUSH
We became obsessed with Kjaer Weis for its recyclable and refillable beauty products that actually work. And Wood feels the same way, as she uses this cream blush nonstop on both her cheeks and her lips. Because it’s made with nourishing oils and butters, it leaves skin moisturized and naturally dewy.
9. ILIA BEAUTY LIQUID LIGHT HIGHLIGHTER
More than just a highlighter, this gel-based formula has a serum-like consistency that melts into skin for a natural sheen. Wood taps it onto her cheekbones with a foundation brush for a real-looking glow that’s never too much or too little.
10. ILIA BEAUTY TRUE SKIN SERUM FOUNDATION
We can attest for the amazingness of this product, and we weren’t surprised to find it all over Wood’s Instagram highlights. She says it best: “It is so nice, such a great coverage without looking cakey. I don’t love foundation and I love this.”
11. ILIA BEAUTY TRUE SKIN SERUM CONCEALER
Another one of Wood’s favorite complexion products is Ilia’s True Skin Serum Concealer. Lightweight and creamy, it delivers medium coverage that pairs perfectly with the True Skin Serum Foundation. Plus, it has skin-perfecting ingredients like stabilized vitamin C and albizia julibrissin bark extract, which protect from free radicals and environmental damage while dramatically reducing the appearance of dark circles and blemishes.
12. RMS BEAUTY “UN” POWDER
“I swear by dusting this loose translucent powder over your T-zone to avoid that greasy look when you’re out,” wrote Wood on Instagram. Thanks to 100 percent silica, it truly is translucent and won’t leave a white cast no matter how many times you reapply.
13. ILIA BEAUTY CLEAN LINE GEL LINER
“I have black and brown, but I favor brown almost always,” wrote Wood. “It has such a smooth application which is hard to find with some non-toxic liners.” The buttery feel is thanks to the gel base that easily smudges out after application before setting and staying put.
14. ILIA BEAUTY ESSENTIAL BROW GEL
Wood is a big fan of groomed brows. She took to Instagram Stories to tout this brow gel’s benefits, saying, “[It’s the] one product that makes all the difference in your face—your brows structure your face so using a brow gel or pencil is essential.” She uses the dark brown shade to add a little bit of depth to her natural-looking brows.
15. ILIA BEAUTY LIMITLESS LASH MASCARA
Last but certainly not least, Ilia’s cult-favorite mascara counts Wood as one of its biggest fans. The formula has won awards from both Allure and Glamour for its impressive buildable and flake-free application. Wood attests, “I love this mascara, it’s so natural but you can layer it for evening, and it gives a nice bold eye.” She also wrote, “I’m a mascara psycho and this is gold.” And it’s worth mentioning that the brush is dual sided to easily build volume and definition.