Avoid Toxins By Making the Move to Natural Skin Care Products
The jump to using all natural skin care products can be a little scary, if you’re not familiar with them, and if you’ve been using your tried and true store bought favorites for some time.
You may be asking yourself, “Are natural skin care products really that effective?”. If that’s the case, we feel very good about the answer (as stated in one of our other blog posts):
Fact #1: Plants grown organically are found to contain a higher level of vital antioxidant vitamins than non-organic plants. Because they are grown without herbicides and pesticides, their organic ingredients are also free from that contamination, which means the same for your skin and body.
Fact #2: Moreover, up to 95% of an organic skin care product's contents are active ingredients. In synthetic skin care products, active ingredients only make up 5 to 10% of its contents.
You can have complete confidence that natural ingredients are going to help your skin much more effectively than chemicals or synthetics.
ONE: Natural is safer. Non-natural skin care products contain synthetic, man-made chemicals such as sodium laurel, mineral oils, laureth sulphate, and toxins that could be residues of pesticides. Studies have also found that they can contain mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, and other chemicals that, with long term use, can cause skin irritation, hormone imbalance, organ toxicity, and even cancer.
Natural products are derived from plants and other naturally occurring ingredients. More importantly, those natural ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and other additives or chemicals. With that, you can be sure your skin and body absorb only real, natural ingredients that aren't harmful.
TWO: More earth friendly. You’re not only saving your skin, but you’re also saving the planet. Trees, plants, forests, and animals will be very thankful. Growers that provide natural ingredients incorporate best practices that ensure they are not using chemicals that are absorbed into the ground therefore effecting surrounding plant growth and animal life.
According to Columbia University: Organic farming is widely considered to be a far more sustainable alternative when it comes to food production. The lack of pesticides and wider variety of plants enhances biodiversity and results in better soil quality and reduced pollution from fertilizer or pesticide run-off.
Farming in previous decades has been heavily criticized for causing biodiversity loss, soil erosion, and increased water pollution due to the rampant usage of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. New natural and organic practices are considerably healthier than ever before.
THREE: Natural ingredients can produce long term positive change while synthetic ingredients can produce long term damage. Synthetics and chemicals can clog your pores and cause adverse reactions. The synthetic ingredients found in non-natural products may at times be fast acting, but they are also invasive, causing harm that cannot be seen. Their chemical ingredients may provide instant gratification and visible results, but most of these only help you aesthetically or temporarily. With prolonged use, these chemicals can damage and weaken your skin as your body tries to cope with these foreign substances – causing premature aging and other ailments.
Using natural, organic skin care products, though, ensure that you get the real nutritional benefits from its ingredients. Natural organic ingredients such as coconut oil, honey, aloe vera, and shea butter, for example, are known to soothe, nourish, moisturize and promote smooth skin. Even though the results may be slightly slower, organic skin care products are gentle on your skin and won’t harm you in the long run.
FOUR: Your skin will feel better. Natural typically means sulfate free, and not using sulfates is much better on your skin’s texture and suppleness. Many chemicals in traditional skin care products strip the skin of it’s natural oils and protective properties. With natural products, this won’t be a factor and you will be reaping all of the benefits of the nourishing ingredients derived from plant life.
FIVE: Natural skin care products might be better on your wallet, in the long run. Sure it’s true that there are some expensive natural skin care brands out there, but there are equally expensive non-natural brands as well. Think of how much some of the product lines created by some famous doctors can be. You can rarely buy one of their products for under $100. But think of it this way, the cost to correct the topical damage, health issues, or internal (hormonal, immune system) issues that were caused by long term use of products that were toxic is a yet more expensive It can be better on your wallet in the long run to avoid the products and ingredients that are potentially toxic and could cause more expensive down the road – especially if it involves the help and consultation of a doctor.
SIX: Natural ingredients produced by environmentally friends and are cruelty free are better for animals and the environment. Historically, the beauty industry has received backlash for conducting animal testing for their products to ensure that they are safe for human use. Natural products that contain only natural ingredients don’t need to go through that process, because we know those ingredients are safe and harmless for humans. While it’s true that some natural ingredients can cause humans irritation or an allergic reaction from time to time, it’s not the same kind of issue with unknown synthetic or chemical ingredients.
Natural farming is also better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from pesticide and fertilizer sprays, and produces less carbon dioxide and less dangerous wastes. By using organic skin care products, you're helping to minimize your environmental impact and support the sustainability of our environment.
When you buy natural skin care products from companies that are cruelty free, you are also supporting the move towards abolishing animal testing in the industry, which is an important practice we need to remove altogether.
SEVEN: Natural products are healthier for your immune system, hormonal balance, and overall longevity. The skin is your body’s largest organ and your first line of defense against infection. Much like a porous sponge, your skin is built to absorb things that you touch or apply. This means that when you use beauty care products with contaminants, which most people do on a daily basis, harmful chemicals can enter the bloodstream via the skin. Over time, a sort of slow-released toxicity occurs.
As Dr. Axe states: The skin is your body’s largest organ and your first line of defense against infection. Much like a porous sponge, your skin is built to absorb things that you touch or apply. This means that when you use beauty care products with contaminants, which most people do on a daily basis, harmful chemicals can enter the bloodstream via the skin. Over time, a sort of slow-released toxicity occurs.
It's best to avoid that daily absorption of toxic ingredients, and start making the change to natural products when your time and budget allows.
One of our top selling products is our Brightening Cleanser, below:
These valid and meaningful reasons to use natural skin care products will help you make smarter buying decisions in the future. It's conclusive that natural products are much better for your and the environment.
Jeanette | Owner, Formulator & Herbal Expert at Claribelskincare.com