Many consumers and skincare enthusiasts are opting for natural skincare products due to the amazing benefits they have on the skin. Natural ingredients are effective, healthier and better for the environment than toxic ingredients, which have no real advantage to our skin or health. So, just exactly how are natural ingredients better for our skin, and what toxic ingredients should we avoid? Here, we delve deep into the world of natural skincare products.
As beauty lovers from around the globe discover the wonderful benefits that natural skincare can have, the market for these products has grown drastically. Even skincare that has very little goodness in them can be marketed as ‘natural’. These are known as ‘greenwashed’ beauty products, which are products that lead consumers to believe they contain natural ingredients. However, they actually contain many irritating and toxic ingredients. Unlike the term ‘organic’, labelling a product as natural is unregulated, thus, it’s highly important that you check the ingredients of a skincare product to ensure that it is indeed going to be beneficial for your skin and health.
The benefits that natural skincare can have on our skin include a clear complexion, radiance and luminosity, soft and smooth skin and a visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Leslie S. Baumann MD, director of cosmetic dermatology at The University of Miami suggests using natural skincare products to treat a specific skin concern. A few effective natural ingredients she recommends include;
When using natural ingredients, it’s important to know which ingredients work well for certain ailments, but not for others. For example, coconut oil is incredible for hydration, soothing and smoothing the skin, however, it can cause acne, so avoid if you tend to get blemishes.
What are the most effective natural ingredients?
There are a vast amount of natural ingredients that you can use on your skin. However, these are generally the most popular and effective.
Shea butter – an extremely nourishing treatment for dry and dehydrated skin. It can also help to heal skin conditions, such as sunburn, wounds and frost bite. Shea butter is highly efficient to use on the body, as well as the face, due to its hydrating properties. However, shea butter can cause breakouts, so avoid using it on the face if you’re prone to acne or blemishes.
Coconut oil – An efficient treatment for dry skin and packed with essential fatty acids, which soothe inflammation, irritation and redness. Apply this straight to the affected area as it can cause breakouts otherwise.
Olive oil – olive oil is a wonder ingredient which can reduce visible signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and soften, hydrate, and boost radiance. Opt for this when you require an overall facial treatment to restore health and vitality.
Willow herb – this natural antiseptic ingredient is perfect as a natural remedy for rosacea and eczema. It can also kill the bacteria that causes acne, so it’s a fantastic blemish treatment too.
Tea tree oil – this ingredient is one of the best for fighting blemishes. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties means its works wonders for reducing redness and inflamed spots.
Honey – honey is another ingredient that is highly beneficial when applied on the skin. It’s packed with nutrients and vitamins to help reduce breakouts, soothe, reduce scarring, heal wounds, and nourish dry skin.
Avocado – avocado contains vitamins A, D and E to soothe sunburn, reduce inflammation, and increase the production of collagen.
Aloe vera – loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera is a great remedy for cold sores, psoriasis and wounds. It’s ideal for healing the skin, as well as soothing redness and irritation.
Almond oil – bursting with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic properties, almond oil not only smells delicious, its perfect for treating acne, irritation and dryness too.
Why are ‘normal’ skincare products so bad?
The majority of regular skincare products contain parabens, fragrance, sulfates, colorants and synthetic ingredients. All of these added ingredients have no benefit to the skin and are generally added to make beauty products smell and look appealing.
As well as being bad for our health, these added ingredients are manufactured using pesticides, which are harmful to the environment. Natural products, on the other hand, contain no harmful toxins that can be exposed to water or the air.
Toxic ingredients to avoid
When looking at the labels on your skincare products, make sure that they don’t contain any of the following ingredients. Several studies have indicated that these are particularly bad for your health.
When using a skincare product, always check the label for its ingredients. Remember, even those products that you assume may be natural, may contain some toxic ingredients. It’s especially important to avoid those on the list above, as the majority of these have been linked to causing cancer in humans. If you’re unsure as to any ingredient on a product list, research it before use.
There are a wide variety of genuine natural skincare brands on the market at present. You can purchase these online and in stores. However, if you want to try and make your own skincare products, you can use basic ingredients from your local grocery store.