Most of us have a skin care routine that we follow habitually, because we are creatures of habit and like to follow routines.
So why then if I am not using all-natural should I switch to all-natural skin care products?
All-Natural Skin care products have many benefits:
- Good for the earth
- Immediate and long-term benefits for your skin as well as your health
- Offer additional enjoyment for your senses with natural, not fake, fragrances
- Better for your Wallet (in the long run)
- There are no strange side effects from all-natural products.
All-Natural Skin Care Products are Good for the Earth.
When you rinse off your soap, lotion, or sprays, it goes into our water system. It may seem like a small impact on the Earth, but it is being found in big numbers as far as effect. Synthetic chemicals/synthetics/glitter/microbeads/etc are already having a harmful effect on our planet. In fact, parabens, a common preservative used, are being found in marine animals! The places that manufacture these products have an even greater impact on the environment as these chemicals are used in greater numbers and enter the air as well as the environment during the manufacturing process.
All-Natural Skin Care Products Help Avoid Skin Irritation.
Skin irritants like chemicals, dyes, and synthetics can cause immediate negative reactions, while others may increase over time with use of the product. Some we may not even realize we are having – for example, your oily skin could be a reaction of a product that is over-drying your skin, causing your body to produce extra oil to combat the effects of what you are putting on your skin.
All-natural products are formulated to work with your skin, not for it. Working with your skin means helping your own natural pH and oils stay balanced, not stripping away your natural oils (which your body produces for a reason) or changing your skin’s pH. A synthetic skin care product may work great at first but will start to weaken in effect over time. All-natural ingredients are formulated to work better over time!
All-Natural Skin Care Products avoid negative long-term effects.
Parabens are a type of preservative, first introduced in the 1950s. They’re used to prolong shelf life in many conventional skincare products by preventing the growth of mould and bacteria within them. All of you who are skincare-aware will recognize this is a big one on the “Blacklist Ingredients”
Why are Parabens bad for you?
Parabens enter the body through the skin and remain within our tissues. In fact, in 2004 a British study found parabens (5 different kinds) in the breast tissue of every 19 out of 20 women studied! These parabens are thought to disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen. Too much estrogen can trigger an increase in tumor growth and breast cell division, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproduction problems.
And this is just the effects of one type of ingredient. What else is these synthetic skin care products that we are putting on our skin, the largest organ of our body?
Better for your wallet (in the long run)
Anybody who’s ever switched from conventional skin care to natural and organic skincare might be laughing out loud at the fact that the switch could be good for your wallet, but there is merit to this statement! The average consumer buys products from a variety of brands with prices that vary from a few dollars to a couple hundred dollars. If you replace your luxury, designer, or even spa brands with natural and organic brands, you’re very likely to spend much less. You may actually find that switching to organic and natural products improves your skin and simplifies your routine, meaning less money spent on other products.
Protect yourself from Fake Fragrances, and Benefit your Body with Real Ones
This may sound like an opinion, but if you were to take a blind study of real vanilla smell vs a manufactured fake vanilla smell, real vanilla would win most of the time.
Our bodies are naturally primed to enjoy the scents of nature, with allergy season aside for some. We are tenderly reactive to pheromones, food we love makes our mouths water, and scents from nature, like lavender or orange, have very real effects on our system.
All-natural products use natural botanicals– every time you open a bottle of a natural product, you run the potential delight of having a mini aromatherapy session! There was an interesting study done that showed that diffused oils reduced pain by 27% (with Sweet Marjoram), Nausea by 18% (with Ginger) and Anxiety by 18% (Lavender and Marjoram). That is just with essential oils diffused in the air!
Fake fragrances have their fans, but the fact of the matter is there are also a lot of people who start to sneeze or have a reaction to these fabricated aromas. In fact, about 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil) and contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects and central nervous system disorders. Some of the chemicals are known or suspected endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with hormonal health and trigger weight gain or other long-term effects.