You can’t hide your skin no matter how hard you try, so you want to take care of it. You want to be your best and look your best, and one way to do that is to have clear, glowing skin. But how does one achieve such a flawlessly natural look? Some are willing to go to the dermatologist and have every treatment imaginable. Others opt to improve the quality of their skin though proper diet and exercise, along with good quality skin care products.
Natural skin care products boast better results with fewer side effects because they contain natural ingredients only. This means fewer unknowns for you to worry about. But what does the term “natural” really mean in the context of skin care? Is it worth the price? Are they just as effective as regular skin care products.
What You Should Look For
Choose wisely when it comes to natural skin care products, or any cosmetic product for that matter. When shopping for skin care, it would help to keep these things in mind:
1. Use the big brand products as your guide.
Some people shy away from big brands for the sole purpose of avoiding anything too mainstream. Just because something is mainstream, doesn’t mean there is anything inherently wrong with it. Oil of Olay, Dove, Cetaphil and Aveeno are widely tested, so you can easily look up user reviews before purchasing. This will give you a better understanding of some of the ingredients you haven't come across before. Since they have a bigger user base, you have more anecdotal evidence to sift through. Also, since they are used by a wide range of people, it’s less likely that those products will cause skin problems because if they did, you would hear about it right away. Use this information as a rough guide for future purchases.
2. The shorter the label, the better.
This goes for any product, really. You want to find a product with a shorter label. The fewer the ingredients, the better. Sometimes people will pick up products without even glancing at the label. This poses problems because some ingredients may or may not be safe for you to use, especially pregnant or nursing women. Also, some ingredients may cause an allergic reaction. With such a long list of chemicals, how do figure out which one is causing the reaction? Is it just one thing, or is it a combination of ingredients? These are some things to consider, which is why a shorter label tends to be a safer choice.
3. Manage your expectations.
Since natural skin care products come with fewer ingredients, this usually means less preservatives as well. This may impact the product’s shelf life. Also, synthetic materials are more predictable, so your natural skin care products may vary in color and texture. It’s important that you manage your expectations and find products that are not only suited for your skin type, but for your budget as well. Some natural skin care products are even handmade or made-to-order. This attention to detail is more expensive and will possibly result in a higher price tag.