7 'Not So Surprising' Benefits of Using Natural Skin Care Products
We all want what is best for our bodies and the environment when it comes to skin care. This translates into natural and organic. If you are attempting to achieve that youthful, healthy glow, inside and out, from a non-organic skin care product, you may pay the price.
Instead, natural skin care products offer the purest skin care that won’t reap havoc on your body or the environment.
Whether to alleviate allergies or to prevent the absorption of toxic chemicals*, this roundup has 7 reasons why organic and natural skin care products are better all around.
*The term chemical in this article does not refer to the scientific term of all 'chemical matter'. We refer to it as ‘a toxin considered unnatural or dangerous when used or consumed’.*
1. Avoid Toxic Ingredients
The label of a skin care product that isn’t natural will reveal a list of ingredients you may never have heard of, let alone pronounce.
A skin care product that isn’t natural will often contain man-made synthetic chemicals. Beware of: Sodium Laureth or laurel Sulfate, Formaldehyde, Phalates, Sunscreen filters, Mineral Oils, Petroleum, Fragrances, Parabens. Prolonged use can cause serious health problems including skin irritation, hormonal imbalances, toxicity, overtaxed immune system.
2. Provide Better Skin Nutrition
Good natural face creams, lotions, butters, scrubs, cleansers et al contain pure, clean ingredients.
The 'good' DO NOT contain herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers. Healthy natural and organic products DO NOT include GMO: Genetically Modified Organisms (undesirable and not recognized by our DNA). Applying these can result in a severe lack of the crucial nutrients the skin needs.
Plants naturally contain minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fatty acids. The skin thrives on the vital antioxidants provided in a nutritious skin care routine. Look for Natural ingredients on a label, such as aloe, shea, coconut, rose, calendula, manuka, argan, moringa, tea tree, marula, comfrey, to name a few.
Rest easy when choosing natural and organic in knowing that what you are applying is not a danger to you. Instead, let it be a delight.
3. Reduce Chance of Allergic Reaction
Allergies happen. There is a greater chance of having an allergic reaction to an artificial or synthetic substance versus a natural one.
Products marketed towards people with allergies are rarely all-natural, sometimes resulting in serious complications.
Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne can be made worse when using harmful, synthetic products. Instead, healthy nutrients should be the preferred option.
Double-check the labels. It is wise to consult a health care professional whom you trust if you have severe allergic reactions to any suspected product or ingredient.
4. Are Written in History
The truth is in the past. Ancient Greeks mixed berries and milk into facial pastes, exfoliated with olives and applied succulent honey to the skin. Ancient Egyptians nourished with moringa, sesame, salts and clay. In medieval times, cleansers included aloe vera, cucumber and rosemary. Animal oils, vinegar, and herbal remedies were common natural skin care.
Better, longer lasting results ensued.
A non-organic skin care product may appear to produce fast and immediate results, but rarely long-lasting. Let us learn from our ancestors!
5. Employ Healthier Skin
Healthier skin may start from within, but remember, everything you put on the outside enters the system. Organic and all-natural skin care is better for the entire body, supporting and boosting the immune system.
Prolonged use of harmful chemicals will weaken your skin, damage your organs, and may even cause premature aging because your body will be attempting to fight off foreign substances.
With natural skin care products, you will see less dryness, flakiness, smoother texture and a healthier glow. The natural are packed with nutrition that cannot be mimicked using chemicals and man-made synthetics.
6. Support 'No-testing on Animals'
When shopping for skin care products, consider 'no testing on animals'. The beauty industry, make-up especially, has been notorious for testing products on animals.
It was over 80 years ago that animal testing began, due to serious injuries that resulted from unsafe cosmetic products. Animal testing, unfortunately, still exists. That, in itself, says a lot about the uncertainty of some of the products being marketed. When selecting a natural and organic skincare product, this becomes a non-issue. Nature has been successfully used on humans for eons.
Organic skin care products do not use any potential toxins and have no need for animal testing. Natural and organic skin care may also offer products containing animal essential fatty acids for unsurpassed skin nourishment. Animal testing is not involved and vegetarians can opt to select only plant based.
7. Are Better for the Environment
Toxic chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers wash down the drain, seep into the soil, leak into the air, polluting our world.
Organic farming excludes the use of harmful ingredients resulting in less dangerous waste and fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
Chemical farming contributes to environmental contamination. Global warming and oxygen depletion are serious problems, highly impacted by the non-organic cosmetic industry.
Ready to make some positive changes? Shop with us for truly all-natural, handmade products. 'Feeding your skin' healthy nutritious ingredients is a win.
An important Consideration
Unfortunately, the term natural and organic need not always mean what it should. Some cosmetic companies may infer 'organic and natural' when in reality, it is not. Often the natural key ingredients are listed and the consumer does not bother to search for the entire ingredient listing, where the 'counter-productives' are revealed. This adds to the confusion of what is really and truly natural and organic. Until better regulations ensue, it is still left up to you, the consumer, to be diligent and read carefully.