Clean Beauty Awards: 2020 Finalists Announced + My Top Face Wash Picks

The Clean Beauty Awards are an annual celebration of some of the best and brightest in the green, clean, and natural beauty space.  The awards are hosted by CertClean here in Toronto, but products and judges come from all over the world. This was my third year on the judging panel, and I’m so excited to share a little more about the experience now that the 2020 finalists have been revealed.  

Over 370 products were entered for 2020, with the first round of judging taking place from August to December 2019.  With up to 50 products in some categories, it’s impossible for each judge to try them all, so we were each sent a “jury box” of products in one or more categories, and after every product is tested and scored by several independent judges, the ones with the highest average scores are carried through to Round 2 as finalists.

For Round 1, I judged Face Wash, the perfect category for me since cleansers are one of my very favourite products to try out.  Only one product from my jury box made it through as a finalist, but I still want to share my personal top three from those I tried.

Natural Acne Tool Kit: Skincare Favourites for Oily, Combination + Acne-Prone Skin

I’ve tested and reviewed a lot of products over the years, which I know can be overwhelming if you’re just searching for the best X or Y to suit your needs.  For that reason, one of the things I want to do this year is put together some resources of my favourite products across various categories.  That starts today with my favourite skincare products for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin.  

I thought this was a good one to kick things off with since acne and breakouts are something that most of deal with at some point in our lives.  My story is pretty typical: I had some acne as a teenager, my skin cleared up in my twenties, and now, at almost 32, it’s something I’ve been dealing with more again over the last couple years. I've never had bad acne by any means, but I deal with breakouts around that time of the month, minor skin congestion, and my skin has a tendency to get oily and develop some shine throughout the day, particularly in the summer months.

My approach tends towards products that are both gentle and effective.  Harsher products have never worked for me -- in fact, more often than not, they've just caused more problems -- so my top picks are products that combine potent blemish fighters with skin-friendly formulas that encourage healing and healthy skin function.