What Are Natural Skin Care Products? Why Are They Important For Your Skin?
“Non-toxic,” “organic,” and “natural” are all words that have become widespread in the beauty world. Influencers and marketers are swearing at the effectiveness of natural products and encouraging people to join the train.
It all makes sense since there has been a recent shift to more environmentally conscious ways of doing things. We are becoming more aware of the benefits of things that appear naturally in nature as opposed to synthetic chemicals and compounds.
But what exactly does “natural” mean? What does it mean when a product claims to be natural? And will switching to natural products give you any worthy benefits?
How do you know if a product is natural and companies aren’t just branding their products natural while including unnatural ingredients?
In this article, we’ll try to give you a deeper understanding of natural products and the benefits they offer.
What Makes A Skin Care Product “Natural”?
Even though the term “natural” can mean a lot of things and the “natural” label isn’t regulated in the fashion and beauty industry, there are key points you can look out for to know if a skin care product is natural or not.
Natural skincare products are made without chemicals that can cause irritation or damage your skin. They're also free of artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, and other harmful additives. The key here is the ingredients that make up the product, that’s what makes a product natural or not.
We all know there is an endless supply of synthetic chemical compounds that are used in products across different industries, and we are becoming more aware of their potential for harm.
Natural skin care products are free of synthetic chemicals that may cause health problems and skin irritations or reactions. The goal of natural and clean skin care is to reduce the exposure of the skin to chemicals in our quest to take daily care of it.
An important point to note is that “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “hypoallergenic.” Sensitive skin can also react to natural ingredients, so if you have sensitive skin or complexion, natural won’t guarantee you solutions to your allergies, finding what works for your skin will.
Â Natural skincare products use plant-based ingredients that are gentle on the skin without causing irritation. They're also free of chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, and fragrances.
What Does Natural Mean To Us?
Because the term natural isn’t regulated, natural skin care or clean beauty means different things to different people. But what does clean beauty mean to us at Laverne Cosmetics?
At Laverne Cosmetics we believe natural beauty is about sustainable beauty. We feel disconnected from the beauty movement that values excessive chemical compounds, we think deeply about the environmental implications and only use environmentally friendly ingredients.
Clean beauty begins with ingredients. All our products are made with high-quality ingredients and are free of fillers and harsh chemicals. We carefully develop and formulate these natural ingredients for all skin types, using the best formulation ratio, to avoid allergic reactions and minimize skin problems.
Plant-derived actives, antioxidant-rich oils, and a variety of other natural ingredients power our nourishing formulas. All our products are vegan and cruelty-free. At the core of our values is a deep commitment to protecting and conserving nature by reducing or eliminating chemicals and supporting wildlife.
Natural Skin Care Terms and Definitions
Organic: If you see an organic label on any cosmetic or skin care product, wait… you still have to check the ingredients yourself to be sure. This is because the FDA doesn’t regulate the “organic” label on skin care products.
What makes a product organic is not the label, it’s the ingredients. If you’ve confirmed that the product is made with agricultural and natural ingredients, then you can consider it organic.
Paraben-Free: Parabens are preservatives, plain and simple. But they are also chemicals. The most common parabens are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.
Paraben-free means a skincare product is free of this chemical. The data about how harmful parabens are is still unclear, but there are concerns that parabens can be harmful to us and the environment, so it’s best to pay attention and watch out for parabens in your skincare or cosmetic products.
Phthalate-Free: Phthalates, like parabens, are also chemicals used in soaps and shampoos. Just like parabens, phthalates are controversial. A label that says phthalate-free means the product is free of this chemical and that the company is aware of its possible dangers.
Toxin-Free or Non-Toxic: This is another unregulated term that can be used by companies to suggest that a product is safe. Again, you have to look at the ingredients yourself and research the company behind any product to confirm their claims and make logical conclusions yourself.
Reasons To Use Natural Skin Care Products
1. You Get To Avoid Toxic Ingredients
When you start to see long chemical compounds you can’t pronounce, pay attention. These chemicals when used consistently over time can be harmful to your health and your skin.
When you use natural skin care products you avoid these chemicals and their undesirable side effects.
2. Better Skin Nutrition
Pure natural ingredients mean clean care and nutrition for your skin. Your skin is the largest organ, it deserves the best. Natural skin care products are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that will do wonders for your skin.
3. Better for the Environment
Natural skin care products are made with natural ingredients from plants grown without chemicals and pesticides. The whole process is free of chemicals and compounds that are harmful to the environment.
By using natural skin care products you are reducing the pollution and dangerous waste that come from the use of these chemicals.
Because natural ingredients are safe and harmless there is no need for animal testing to see how a chemical component will react, so there is no animal testing.
When you buy natural skin care products you are supporting a movement towards ending animal testing in the industry.
5. Natural Skin Care Products Work Better
If there are no synthetic chemicals to irritate your skin or cause reactions down the line, all you get in natural skin care products are active ingredients that your skin needs. Natural skin care products are filled with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that occur in nature that are great for your skin.
Natural skin care products are easier on the skin and contain ingredients that will work in harmony with your skin to make it beautiful and radiant.
6. Reduced Chance of Allergic Reactions
If you have sensitive skin, you have a better chance of reducing allergies and reactions with natural skin care products. This is so because the fewer chemicals you introduce to your skin the less your chances of reacting.
Sticking to natural products makes sure you don’t expose your skin to harmful chemicals that can irritate it or cause a reaction.
Choose skincare products carefully for the long term.
Conclusion with Tips
There is a strong debate about the harmfulness of chemicals as they appear in skin care products. There is ongoing research to ascertain these fears and doubts.
But isn’t it best to play safe now rather than be sorry later? It makes more sense to avoid as many chemicals as possible than to hope they are not harmful to you in the long run.
Here are a few tips when you buy skincare products.
- Know Your Skin Type - Before purchasing skin care products, determine your skin type and what products will benefit your skin.
- Avoid Allergic Reaction Ingredients - Depending on the skin type, some natural products can cause allergic reactions. Some people are allergic to high concentrations of citric extracts or specific oils.
- Check the Chemical Components - Because most harsh chemicals are preservatives, please ensure that the formula does not contain strong preservatives like paraben, phenoxyethanol, and chlorphenesin.
Natural skin care products are made with natural ingredients that have been proven over the ages to be effective and beneficial to the skin. There is no doubt they are good for your health and there is no doubt they will nourish your skin to vibrant life.