In light of today’s greener and more economical alternatives, finding products that are better for the environment is fast becoming a top priority. From make-up products to housing materials, manufacturers are taking advantage of this new trend by offering more options for consumers. Natural skin care products are another example of how brands are merging healthy ingredients that are also environmentally friendly.
Dr Glaser, president of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation and a dermatologist at St. Louis University says that “Natural skin care is more of a marketing term than a scientific one. Products that have botanical ingredients that come from plants or nature — think honey or beeswax — tend to be labeled as natural.”
Is Natural Better?
When choosing between regular products and organic or natural products, always consider what is important to you. Decide what you expect to get our of your skin care products and go from there. Are you looking for something mild? Are you in search of something that will delay the effects of aging? Do you want to switch to products that are less harsh to the environment?
Artificial preservative-free and fragrance-free are common among natural products. They will also have recyclable packaging or made of biodegradable materials. There are relatively easy conditions to satisfy when looking for natural products. If you’re worried about harsh ingredients doing more damage than good, natural products, in general, are a safer bet for you. Nowadays, what constitutes ‘natural’ can sometimes be so ubiquitous; it’s hard to tell whether they’re any better than your run-of-the-mill products, hence the importance of proper research.
To help you choose, here are some things to consider:
1. The fewer the ingredients, the better.
When purchasing any skin care product, fewer ingredients are usually better. Watch out for any unfamiliar names or words that you cannot pronounce. Natural skin care products may or may not have preservatives in them as well, so watch out for potential allergic reactions or irritation, as with any other product. If you’re unsure, test it out on a small area first before applying to your whole body.
2. Don’t get caught up on big name brands.
Sometimes popular brands are not always better. More expensive does not always ensure better quality. Neutrogena, Dove, Aveeno and Cetaphil are all household names and have been tested on the market, but don’t be afraid to try the lesser known brands as well. You might be surprised! They could even be cheaper, as the smaller companies spend less on marketing and branding than the powerhouses. Also, beware of trendy items that may just be a fad more than anything else. Anything that is selling well is either really, really good or just something easily marketable.
3. Trial and error is the most valuable teacher.
Just because it is natural does not always mean it will be like magic. Poison ivy is natural too, but you don’t want to be applying that on your skin, do you? Experiment with different natural ingredients and be patient. What will suit other people’s skin types will not always suit yours. It’s also important that you manage your expectations as well.