Natural vs Chemical: The Skin Care Debate

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27 Jun Natural vs Chemical: The Skin Care Debate

In the world of all-natural, gluten-free, organic everything, it is only fitting that skin care lines follow suit and make all-natural products, right? While it is good to rid your body chemicals and use natural products on your skin (your body’s largest organ), going natural for all of your skin care products all the time may not be the answer.

The honest truth in the “Natural vs. Chemical” debate is that different situations call for different skin care products. Natural products have their place and serve their purpose. There are many natural ingredients that have proven benefits, but there are also some natural ingredients that are simply used as marketing tools to sell products. Manufacturers know that people are on the “natural” bandwagon and they play that to their advantage.

On the other hand, there are situations that call for chemicals to effectively treat specific skin issues. There are medicinal creams and topical treatments that, although not natural, are not harmful and can be effective. On the other other hand, there are also some chemicals in products that can be potentially harmful to your skin and to your body, and you should be wary of them. So, let’s do this: We are going to let you know a few of the best natural ingredients that are being used in skin care products and also discuss some dangerous chemicals you should stay away from.

Are Natural Skin Care Products Effective?

  • Aragon Oil – This Vitamin E-rich oil has been shown to nourish skin and provide an immense amount of moisture. People have found this effective in treating eczema, psoriasis and dry skin.
  • Soy – Soy, specifically soy that has been altered into active soy, has been shown to prevent pigmentation in skin.
  • Maitake Mushrooms – These mushrooms that are found in some Origins products have been shown to work really well for people who suffer from sensitive skin. This can range from minor sensitivity to those who have rosacea.
  • Resveratrol – This is an antioxidant that is found in wine and grape skins. Resveratrol serves as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Studies also suggest that when applied to the skin, it may help protect against harmful UV damage.

What Chemicals Should I Avoid?

  • Parabens – These are chemicals that are used in cosmetic products that work as a preserver of the product and allow it to last longer. Sounds good until you also know that these parabens contain estrogen-increasing properties that can increase the risk of cancer.
  • Synthetic colors – You can tell if a product has synthetic colors if you see either FD&C or D&C in the ingredients list. These synthetic colors are known to be carcinogens and skin irritants in humans.
  • Fragrance – A product that contains a lot of chemical fragrances is a potential harmful irritant for many. It can cause skin and even respiratory irritation.

References

“The Dirty Dozen” cosmetic chemicals to avoid

Natural Cosmetics: Are They Healthier for Your Skin?

7 Best Natural Ingredients for Your Skin

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