28 May Natural Skin Care Products: What to Look For
The most natural skin care is a healthy diet, staying hydrated, a basic cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. But knowing what to look for in your skin care products is essential to keeping it natural. Unfortunately the skin care and cosmetic industry is not highly regulated with the exception of banned ingredients or prescription products.
The first piece of advice to choosing natural skin care products is to avoid all fragrances. Not only are you more likely to have an allergic reaction to a product that has fragrance added to it but skin care companies are not required to list the chemicals used to mix these fragrances – some of which may be toxic.
Do not be fooled by labeling – “organic” and “natural” skin care and cosmetics are not regulated terms by the FDA. Simply because an ingredient is naturally or organically grown does not mean that it cannot be harmful. It’s better to understand the ingredients to avoid altogether when deciding on a skin care product or product line.
Here are the top ingredients to look for in your skin care products and avoid. Many of these are carcinogens or are known to cause birth and bodily defects:
- Dibutyl phthalate
- Aluminum chlorohydrate
- Lead actetate
What you should look for in natural skin care products are minerals and elements from nature. Green and white tea, extracts from berries and other botanics will provide many more benefits than manufactured skin care products. The products that have ingredients made from nature are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, the same as you get when you ingest them through food and beverages.
Of course another line of natural skin care products comes right out of your refrigerator. You can use honey or oil for moisturizer, sugar to exfoliate, avocados to sooth dry, cracked skin and pomegranates to promote collagen. These superfoods can help your skin topically as well as when they are added to your diet.
Whatever your skin care needs, it’s best to speak with a professional. Your local cosmetic dermatologist will know the ideal natural or prescription skin care products for your specific dermal requirements. A dermatologist can also explain the different components of skin care products, their benefits and risks.
Whether you prefer soap and water or a full high-end line of products, be an educated consumer, read the labels and know what you are putting on your skin.
You can do further research on products by visiting Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database site, or see which skin care companies signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.