Below The Surface: Healthy and Sustainable Skincare

Culture — 31.08.20

Words by: Christopher Miles
Art Direction: Sara Tagaloa
Photography: Yudo Kurita
Florist: House of Yarrow

We understand that it feels strange to talk about skincare in a time like this, but taking care of yourself now is more important than ever.

In this first instalment of “Below The Surface”, TEETH hands the microscope over to makeup artist Christopher Miles, as he focuses in on some of his favourite products that will treat and look after your skin as well as give back to causes that you should care about.


A lightweight, yet richly hydrating cream, that works as an all-in-one: serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. With an intelligent technology made of powerful Amino Acids; Synthesized Molecules; and Vitamins A, B, C, and E, it treats each person’s skin individually, helping it to repair and renew stem cells from within.

Augustinus Bader is always doing what it can to give back. Partnering with One Tree Planted, they have committed for every product they sell on their website a tree will be planted to help with the global reforestation efforts.

Augustinus Bader, The Cream, $265.00 /50ml


OMOROVICZA: Nourishing Hand Treatment

Constant handwashing and sanitizing has hands feeling dry and neglected right now. This luxurious anti-ageing hand treatment, with healing Hungarian Thermal Water, Shea Butter and Vitamin C, helps to maintain hydration and healthy hands, while strengthening and enhancing the skin.

PRO TIP: Put this treatment on hands, heels, elbows, and anywhere else needing extra attention before bed, as that is when skin works to regenerate and repair itself.

Omorovicza, Nourishing Hand Treatment, $72 / 100ml


COOLA: Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

A lightweight, organic, vegan sunscreen with a refreshing natural cucumber scent. This sunscreen contains a proprietary complex of antioxidant-rich ingredients for increased free-radical protection. It also has Aloe Leaf Juice to hydrate and soothe even the most sensitive skin.

COOLA, a San Diego based company, supported their local community at the start of Covid-19 by donating 10,000 meals a week for 10 weeks to the San Diego North County Food Bank.

Coola, Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 in Cucumber, $32 / 50ml


AFRICAN BOTANICS: Shimmering Gold Oil

This body oil is a unique mix of Marula and Baobab Oils and has a divine scent combination of Magnolia, Gardenia, Orange Blossom and Vanilla. With soft mother of pearl minerals, all skin tones are left with a subtle natural glow.

African Botanics sources all of their signature Marula Oil from South Africa, through the South African Government Fair Trade Program. This program employs women from the local villages to gather the Marula fruit, providing them with sustainable income for their families.

African Botanics, Shimmering Gold Oil, $105 / 100ml


LAUGH KISS CARE: Nourishing Lip Balm SPF15

This organic, vegan lip balm took nine years of research and development to combine the perfect blend of Calendula Flower Extract for healing, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E for hydration, and many other nourishing ingredients. The best part is lips get all of the benefits without looking or feeling greasy.

Laugh Kiss Care’s founder and celebrity makeup artist Lauren Kaye Cohen, cares deeply for animals and donates a portion of her proceeds to local animal rescues in Los Angeles.

Laugh Kiss Care, Nourishing Lip Balm SPF15, $12 each


EMBRYOLISSE: Radiant Eye Stick

A very unusual eye product that contains Xylitol, which keeps it perpetually cold, reduces puffy under eyes, and hydrates. In addition, it also provides a smooth surface for concealer, which is why it is a makeup artist secret.

PRO TIP: For those with more stubborn under-eye bags, store the Radiant Eye Stick in the refrigerator for an extra dose of cooling.

Embryolisse, Radiant Eye Stick, $25 / 5ml



An invigorating, gender-neutral gel oil cleanser, that can be used everywhere: face + body + hair and even as a hand wash. With natural antibacterial ingredients like Coriander, Bergamot, Cedarwood and Black Pepper (which is anti-viral), The Wash, not only cleanses but also protects, which is especially essential during this time.

NOTO is an environmentally and socially conscious company who every month selects a new charity or organization and gives them a portion of their sales. A few of the organizations they have worked with are the ACLU, The Okra Project, and most recently the Lebanon Disaster Relief Fundraiser.

NOTO Botanics, The Wash, $38 / 250ml


PIXI: Glow Tonic To-Go Pads

For a quick and easy exfoliation, these pads are an absolute must in any skincare regimen. These pads are super effective: combining Glycolic, Salicylic, and Lactic Acids to breakdown and remove dead skin, all while keeping irritation low with Aloe and Rosewater.

PRO TIP: Remember, after 2 minutes to rinse off and use no more than once a week. Always use sunscreen during the day when using Glycolic Acid on the skin.

Pixi, Glow Tonic To-Go Pads, $18 / 60 pads


INNISFREE: Pore Clearing Clay Mousse Mask 2x with Super Volcanic Clusters

The smooth, creamy texture of this clay mask is unique on its own, but it is the cooling feeling on the skin that is most surprising. With oil-absorbing Super Volcanic Clusters, pores are cleared of dirt and debris. Plus, with a combination of Salicylic and Lactic Acids, this mask also works to exfoliate dead skin on the surface.

PRO TIP: Use this mask as an overnight acne spot treatment for those blemishes that just won’t quit.

Innisfree is one of the few skincare brands that has an independently operated recycling program. Simply take your empty Innisfree containers into the store and the brand will upcycle them into things like floors, furniture and walls for the Innisfree stores.

Innisfree, Pore clearing clay mousse mask 2X with super volcanic clusters, $21 / 100ml