Does choosing natural skin care mean sacrificing effectiveness?
26 May 2022 | Admin
Long gone are the days when choosing earth-friendly beauty products meant sacrificing effectiveness—or curb appeal, for that matter. Now, plant-based products don’t just compete with the rest of the market—they’re coveted and often even more effective. Also, People are growing increasingly mindful about what they put on their skin.
When it comes to the natural skin care industry, the UK is one of the fastest growing markets and there are plenty of reasons to use natural plant based skin care instead of traditional synthetic products: for example
Unfortunately the “natural” label itself is not regulated across the industry, which means that each company can choose what “natural” means for themselves. There could be as little as 1% of natural ingredients in a product, to label itself “natural”. That’s why it is important to read and learn to decipher product ingredient lists.
Harmful substances in skin care products
There are a variety of potentially harmful elements found in many skin care products, such as toxic pesticides and preservatives, potentially harmful chemicals, products that are bad for the environment. The natural skin care movement aims to avoid any potentially harmful ingredients in products applied to the skin.
The problem is, there isn’t definitive research indicating that all synthetic ingredients are harmful. Furthermore, products branded “natural” as a marketing tactic aren’t regulated and can contain the exact same synthetic ingredients as any other product.
In my own UK based business and natural product range, I use 99% natural ingredients, easily identifiable in the ingredient list. The 1% non-natural component is usually the preservative which is absolutely necessary to make the use of a water containing product microbiologically safe and keep for a longer period of time.
Strict Natural Cosmetic Regulations
All cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery products placed on the market in the UK are regulated by strict UK legislation.
The manufacturer or supplier of the cosmetic product is responsible for ensuring it is safe and each cosmetic must be assessed for safety by a duly qualified cosmetic safety assessor before it is made available to the public.
So, what’s the verdict on natural skin care?
Sensitive, dry, compromised skin responds to gentle, natural oils - it is instantaneous nourishment, and skin really glows once it's been properly fed. I love all natural oils - balancing jojoba, nurturing rosehip, healing calendula and rejuvenating pomegranate seed oil - which is wonderfully high in antioxidants too.
That's the other great thing about using natural plant oils, botanicals and extracts - you are also delivering antioxidants, good fats and vitamins to the skin, that you cannot synthesise in a laboratory.
If you’re interested in adopting a more natural skin care routine to clean up your products or reduce your carbon footprint, by all means, give it a try. However, don’t feel pressured to immediately throw out every synthetic product you own.
Most importantly, find out what works for your skin, be your skin's best advocate. Every shift and sign that your skin shares with you - from red cheeks to jawline blemishes - is valuable information - pointing to what's going on within & beneath.
If you do switch to natural products, keep the following in mind