The number of cosmetic products labeled as natural skin care products is impressive, but how many of them are actually “natural”? It is hard to overemphasize the importance of natural ingredients in your cosmetic and skincare products because those ingredients end up in your bloodstream, so safety is paramount. Here are some facts to keep in mind.
- Read the Fine Print: Any product can claim to be “natural” or “organic” on the label, but it does not necessarily mean they are. Even if the product has natural ingredients, it won’t be of much use or value if there are lots of synthetic ingredients included in the mix.
- Ingredients to Avoid: synthetic preservatives or parabens have been linked to breast cancer and should thus be avoided at all costs. A lot of skin and cosmetic care products have this ingredient so read the product label carefully. Another common ingredient that has been linked to cancer is PEGs (polyethylene glycol). In addition, extended use of PEGs leads to advanced skin aging because they disrupt your skin’s natural moisture. Bottom line: avoid beauty products that have these ingredients.
- Fragrance: this is a somewhat difficult thing to deal with because it is mainly a matter of personal preference. While a little bit of fragrance is not bad, too much of it can trigger allergies, and the more potent ones have been linked to respiratory ailments, dermatitis, skin allergies and even long term adverse effects on the female reproductive system. To avoid health hazards, look for products with natural oil based blends.
- Efficiency: this one seems pretty obvious but is sometimes neglected by first time buyers. Not all natural cosmetic products work, as some are more effective than others. Fortunately it is not that difficult to find the ones that do work: a little bit of research on the web will reveal the most popular products, and you should be able to read positive feedback if the product is good.
- Presentation Counts: how well is the product presented online? Is there information about its ingredients? Is it easy to find information you’re looking for? Do they provide contact numbers? The way the manufacturer represents itself will tell you a lot about the products they are selling.
- Read the Ingredients List: this might again seem obvious, but it is essential and something you need to do. Since manufacturers can say their products are for sensitive skin, dermatologically tested, free from fragrance etc., you should read the ingredients list to find out if they are telling the truth.
- Be Wary of Petroleum Derivatives: some synthetic cosmetic products use petroleum derivatives such as parafﬁnum liquidum, polysorbates as well as DEA/MEA/TEA. Avoid products with these ingredients as they are filled with carcinogens and trigger allergies.
With the high demand for all-natural products, it is not surprising that manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. But with the guidelines and tips provided here, you can find the right product for your skin without having to worry about side effects.Comments Off on What to Look for in Natural Skin Care Products