Kale, oatmeal, coconut oil, avocado, broccoli, flax seed. It sounds like a Whole Foods shopping list, or maybe the new smoothie that Gwyneth Paltrow swears by. While these certainly are delicious superfoods, they’re also among the latest ingredients to be put on your body, not in it.
Using natural ingredients for skin care is becoming every bit as popular as all-natural, organic foods. Why? Read on to find out!
You Know Exactly What You’re Getting
Food writer Michael Pollan famously wrote in his best-selling book “Food Rules” that we should aim to eat foods that only contain ingredients our great-grandmother would recognize.
The same maxim can be applied to choosing natural ingredients for skin care. Unpronounceable ingredients like phenoxyethanol, phthalates, hydroxymethyl glycinate, and triethanolamine don’t belong in your cleansers or lotions.
There are a whole host of neurotoxins, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other nasty stuff masquerading as beauty and personal care products. Moreover, these products aren’t regulated by the FDA. As long as the company claims that an ingredient is safe, well, that’s good enough. (Scary, huh?)
With natural skin care products, you won’t have to worry — or do a dissertation’s worth of research to find out what’s really in those serums you’re slathering on your skin.
Their Benefits Are Proven
Look no further than that same great-grandma we mentioned earlier. Or, actually, look much further — back in time, that is.
The healing and beautifying effects of plants (and animal byproducts, like eggs, milk, or honey) have been documented for centuries. Among the natural ingredients for skin used by the ancients are honey, oats, olive oil, almond oil, seaweed, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar. Sound familiar?
Nowadays, we can use the best of science, its ability to extract the potent parts of a plant and to tell us exactly what it makes it so worthwhile as a skin-care ingredient, alongside anecdotal evidence of Mother Nature’s infinite wisdom.
It’s Better for the Environment, Too
Just as you don’t want to load up your skin with harsh chemicals, neither do you want to pollute your planet with them. Put your money where your mouth is, and simply stop buying mass-market skin care products that contain toxic or dangerous ingredients.
Remember when we were all washing our bodies and brushing our teeth with products that contained microbeads? They were touted as exfoliating and promised they’d get our bodies cleaner and our skin smoother than other cleansers.
It turns out those tiny particles are incredibly harmful to our oceans and the species that live in them. Microbeads have been banned in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and many other countries, with more bans taking effect every year.
You don’t need to be a scientist to make the leap: natural ingredients will not cause widespread pollution when they’re washed off your face and down the drain.
Natural Ingredients for Skin — A Safer Choice
In all respects, choosing natural ingredients for skin cleansing, moisturizing, and cosmetic use is simply a better, safer choice. Not only will your body benefit, but so will our planet.
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