Natural beauty products are products made using natural ingredients, ie. Ingredients derived directly from nature in any form- plants, flowers, fungi, micro-organisms, etc. During the pandemic, when people had to indefinitely stay at home, they started paying attention to themselves and more specifically their skin and hair. they became more conscious when it comes to the products they use on their faces.
Often mixed up by people, organic and vegan products are different from each other. Organic beauty products are also natural but they use ingredients retrieved from both plants and animals whereas anything that comes under vegan beauty products strictly avoids including any kind of animal and their products in its composition, like honey, collagen, beeswax, gelatin, etc. and even animal testing is prohibited, which is usually done when making cruelty-free products.
For those who might wonder why they must buy natural products, the following are some of the benefits of using these products:
- They are kinder to the environment
Synthetic chemicals that are used in most products have the ability to harm living beings that they come in contact with. If a product is made using this chemical, it will seep into the ground and have terrible effects on the ecosystems around it. Also, the processes linked with the manufacturing of traditional skincare products put a lot of pressure on the environment since the extraction of certain elements like aluminum and lead requires mining. Mining leads to a large amount of pollution, eventually leaving a huge negative carbon footprint on the environment every single time the activity is performed. Natural skincare products restrict the use of such ingredients and as result, don't require mining. Since they make use of only natural ingredients, they pose no threat to the plants and animals around them.
- A reduced chance of allergies
Sometimes, the beauty products that you use can bring about allergic reactions. You have a greater chance of having a reaction to an artificial substance compared to a natural one. Products directed towards people with allergies are not completely natural as sometimes promoted. This can sometimes result in serious complications in the form of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne which can get worse due to harmful and synthetic products. Make sure to double-check the labels and look for products with healthy nutrients.
- Their manufacturing does not harm or even involve animals
When shopping for skincare products, make sure your chosen product says 'no testing on animals’. The beauty industry, especially make-up, has been notorious for testing products on animals. It has been over 8 decades that animal testing began, due to serious ill effects that were reported from using unsafe cosmetic products. but unfortunately, animal testing still exists which does say a lot about the uncertainty of some of the products being marketed. It shows that the brand isn’t confident enough to make their products ready for their customers (human) and instead tries to test its effects on voiceless animals. While selecting a natural and organic skincare product, animal testing is not a factor you would have to consider before buying. Natural products have been successfully used on humans for the longest time. Even organic skincare products do not use any potential or even slightly harmful toxins and as a result, do not require animal testing.
- They are safer to use
When compared to synthetic skincare products, natural skincare products a lot safer because the ingredients contained within natural products are much more gentle to your skin than those found in synthetic products. For example, when a body lotion is applied to the skin, your skin will slowly absorb the ingredients into the bloodstream. From that point, they have a direct connection to many of the bodily functions and integral processes.
If the ingredients are harmless, they will have positive effects. But if they are harmful instead, they will have adverse effects on the body. So, by using a natural skincare product in comparison to a synthetic one, you are simply avoiding the negative side effects which, in the end, will result in you feeling as well as looking better.
- No unusual side effects
To make sure the products you use last longer, companies use parabens in standard-produced health and beauty products as a preservative. Parabens are synthetic and have the ability to imitate your body’s natural hormones. Many people worry that it can alter the functions of your endocrine system. Artificial ingredients like parabens may help the product in lasting longer, but there could be possible side effects that are still being identified. Products that fall under natural and organic skincare use natural preservatives which won’t affect your body. And while some people have allergies to a few natural ingredients, the effects are a lot easier to figure out than the ones from synthetic ingredients.
- They are relatively better for the skin
One of the biggest problems with products made using synthetic ingredients is that some people find them harmful to their skin. Certain ingredients within these products can cause anything from swelling and redness to itchiness and even allergic reactions in extreme cases. For this very reason, it is better to avoid them as a whole. Keep an eye out for ingredients like parabens, sulfates, etc. However, you must keep in mind that certain other synthetic chemicals can also be held responsible for this problem, which is why it is usually a better idea to go for natural beauty products as they are void of irritants, and instead of being harmful to the skin, they are actually beneficial to it.
- Full of useful nutrients
The easiest way to differentiate between synthetic and natural products is to discuss their ingredients. The ingredient lists of the two types of products will be very different, to the extent of not even resembling similar products. Natural products are filled with known and reassuring ingredients like jojoba oil, argan oil, apple and lemon juice, and others. These are not only safe upon application for the body, but are actually beneficial, in fact.
In the end, it is not about how a product is made. The main goal of natural products is to help you achieve the kind of skin you desire and that is what you must focus on as well. Make sure whatever product you use isn’t detrimental to your skin. Stopping your skin from damaging in the first place is much better than focusing your energy on some kind of skin repair treatment. Be cautious of what you apply to your skin. Make sure the natural products that you buy are indeed natural and will help you solve your specific skin concern.