As “going green” across our diets & lifestyles has become increasingly popular, you’ll notice a heightened awareness of what is going into our bodies. For veganism, this has meant a significant uptick in interest, which is highly beneficial in normalising something that has for years seemed so alienating and extreme.
When it comes to your skin, however, choosing natural products under the illusion that they will automatically be optimal for your skin can have significant negative results across your face and body.
We’ve previously discussed how seemingly alluring essential oils like lavender can cause cell damage, and with this toxicity from fragrant plant oils aside, there are endless ways that all-natural skin care can cause harm.
With the freedom of DIY skin care and an endless supply of online tutorials, ingredient stores and novice sellers, we are free to find a range of products that we prefer, but these may neglect certain key steps in formulation and skin-delivery.
Salt scrubs (often made of a blend of salt, essential oils and a base of coconut or avocado oil) are a favourite, but salt granules left in their natural form are often jagged, however small, and will cause micro-abrasions to the skin.
Natural skin care products blended without a form of preservative may result in expired product (which will happen quickly when using only natural ingredients) being applied, leading to unwanted bacteria forming and building on the skin.
Synthetic, vegan, cruelty-free formulations should not be avoided out of concern for skin health, as this man-made options will more often deliver clever combinations of key ingredients to boost results, deliver effectively and make for a pleasant application and overall experience.
In 2014, The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology detailed a study on several highly-beneficial plant ingredients including colloidal oatmeal, green tea and feverfew, concluding, “Mushrooms, feverfew, green tea, licorice, olive oil, soy, and coffee berry all display antioxidant properties. They are among the most scientifically sound natural ingredients available to consumers. Importantly, we can also help direct patient to those proprietary formulations that have undergone clinical testing and demonstrate safety and efficacy.”
Be considered with your skin care choices, and opt for the best of both worlds – well-formulated products with the benefit of the best nature has to offer.
Have you opted for natural skin care over synthetic? Let us know in the comments!