Are you a healthy lifestyle junkie? Do you choose healthy whole foods, enjoy being active, and love nature? Using natural skin care products is another way you can improve your overall health and health of our planet.
Are you wondering if natural skin care is the right choice for you? Here are a few benefits of using natural and organic cosmetics instead of conventional ones.
No Harmful Chemicals
What you put on your skin enters your body. Conventional beauty cosmetics include synthetic chemicals such as preservatives and colorants to give their products a silky appearance, perfumes, attractive colors, and long shelf live among other qualities.
The possible side effects of these chemicals include:
- Increase of estrogen production in the body.
- Can be carcinogenic.
- Skin irritation, redness, or break outs.
- Allergic reactions.
- Block pores preventing the skin from breathing.
Natural cosmetics are safe to use with no unwanted side effects. You don’t have to worry that long-term exposure could do damage over time, but always be careful when you are choosing natural beauty products and read the ingredients list carefully. Even some natural products can cause allergic reactions or irritation. Luckily, the effects are much more understood than those from conventional cosmetics with synthetic compounds. Always be aware of your health condition.
Natural and organic skin care products are safe to your health and your local environment, too. Synthetic chemicals included in conventional cosmetics contain toxins that are released into our lakes and rivers from our own bathrooms. These chemicals affect local wildlife such as fish, seagulls, or turtles. It’s a known fact that our skin absorbs up to 60% of the substances that are applied to it and the rest returns to the environment.
And, of course, natural cosmetic products aren’t tested on animals.
Does going natural sounds like a good choice for you? Great! But how you should start?
I’d imagine that it could be quite confusing in the beginning.
Let’s have a look at the most common labels in the natural cosmetic industry and learn how to understand them.
means that the product include the ingredients derived directly from plants or minerals with minimal or no processing.
But be careful! Some cosmetic companies may use only one natural ingredient in the product and may still brand it as natural. Other natural skin care products may contain natural ingredients in very small amounts without any significant skin care effect. Some companies may use the word “natural source” referring to components that they obtained in a raw form from nature, but extracted using chemical processes or transformed in some way.
refers to ingredients derived from non-genetically modified plants, grown in ecologically-friendly environments without using artificial pesticides, fertilizers, or GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Certified organic skin care products must adhere to strict standards for cosmetics ingredients. When trying a new product, always check if the name of any certifying organization is stated on the packaging.
Banned ingredients include:
- Petroleum (paraffin, glycols, etc.).
- Animals (other by-products naturally produced by animals such as beeswax, honey, milk, etc.).
- Synthetic perfumes.
- Toxic preservatives.
products contain only natural ingredients.
products are not tested on animals and use the ingredients that do not contain any animal matter.
describes only plant based cosmetic products.
means that PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has certified that the cosmetic brand does not test on animals.
When you are shopping for cosmetic products, be aware of possible misleading advertising claims that certain cosmetic companies use, but not all of them are frauds. It”s like when you are buying your food in the supermarket. Do your research, be well informed, and read the labels carefully!
Final tip: When you are studying an ingredient list, don’t forget that ingredients are listed from highest percentage to the lowest. Aim to choose a product with the synthetic ingredients listed mainly at the bottom, or not at all.
Can’t wait for your experience and questions!