What is natural skincare?
Natural Skin care is the one that uses natural ingredients. There are products that claim a percentage of natural ingredients and others that can say that their ingredients are 100% natural.
We understand natural as opposed to chemically processed. We are going to make a list from natural, see their combinations and get to the chemically processed.
- Natural: all its ingredients are natural, that is, without having any process for example raw honey or broken seeds.
- Natural derivative: there is a physical process, we can see the example in oils, butter, etc. that may have gone through a filtering process, cold pressing, refining, distillation, etc. It comes in contact with other natural ingredients and a process is applied.
- Chemically processed: natural ingredients that have been chemically processed or changed their structure
- Ingredients made in the laboratory: they are those that are manufactured in laboratories so that they look like or act as ingredients that can be in nature
- Synthetics: ingredients that are manufactured in laboratories, are not considered natural and may or may not be combined with natural ingredients. Example Parabens
Why do we increasingly choose products with natural ingredients?
There may be 2 clear answers, on the one hand we are becoming more and more aware of the world around us, we are having more information and we are knowing how to better choose what is best for us. So we choose products that are the least harmful to our body.
On the other hand, natural products are better tolerated by all skin types, especially sensitive skin, and they have considerable long-term results, that is, better hydration, healthier and nourished skin.
Many people also choose them because this goes with their values, with the feeling of returning to the origin of things, less is more and reducing unnecessary consumerism. Slow Cosmetics.
People who prefer to invest in natural solutions that make them feel more connected to nature, more committed and more aware of what surrounds us.
What do we not use in 100% natural cosmetics?
We do not use ingredients derived from petroleum. Why would I want to use petroleum products on my skin? Formerly they were used a lot in cosmetics, every day they are being replaced more by natural ingredients.
So, we look for products that, for the same or almost similar purposes, use the least amount of chemicals that leave residues on our skin.
We always have to ask ourselves what effects the products have on us in the long run. It can change your skin type, it can generate allergic reactions, redness, irritation, eczema and many of these symptoms may never return to zero but are here to stay.
What is Clean Cosmetics, Clean Beauty or Clean Cosmetics?
Clean Beauty, is a term that we are going to see more and more frequently, it is used a lot in the United States and is used mostly to indicate that the products are "free from as an example parabens- free, sulphates- free, silicones-free, etc
But today there are so many names that we get confused. Nobody wants to put TOXICS in cosmetics, of course. So Toxic free does actually not help. It is simply that there are some ingredients that can be more harmful to our skin or can give us reactions and there are also more natural alternative products that can easily be found on the market.
So clean cosmetics is used to indicate
- Paraben free
- sulphate free
- no artificial colors
- silicones free
- Non GMO
Clean cosmetics do not imply natural cosmetics, organic cosmetics, vegan or bio cosmetics. You can see other blog articles that explain them.
Natural cosmetics are for all skin types: oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, skin with pimples or blackheads, mature skin. It is for all skin tones from very light to very dark. All skins must be cared for and nourished and we must take into account both internal, natural, genetic and external factors such as where we live, lifestyle, what we eat, how much exercise we do, etc.
Are natural cosmetics better than products that have chemicals?
The truth is that there is no certainty about whether natural cosmetics are better, yet. There are natural ingredients that if they are not controlled in their amounts or exposures can give us allergies for example. There are stabilizers or preservatives that are put into cosmetics to make them last longer. More and more preservatives of natural origin are being developed as well and could be replacing those that have been used until now.
What can be assured is that in natural cosmetics:
- Natural ingredients are used and no chemicals are involved. For the environment, the natural product is better
- They are suitable for all skin types
- Without a doubt they provide nutrients to the skin and not chemicals
When we talk about natural cosmetics, we are talking about regulated, controlled and laboratory-verified cosmetics. We are not talking about homemade products that we cannot certify their origin or know how they have been manipulated.
We are talking about ingredients that are controlled, tracked by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration in the United States) or by the European Union. These entities are the ones that keep a control of the registered companies that must declare the ingredients of the products and the formulas of each one of them. In addition to instructing companies to carry out dermatological and clinical tests with people.
It is important that we learn to read the packaging and to be informed. Agencies establish companies should inform all this in the packaging. If it is a regulated company, it must have all this information on ingredients in the packaging.
As for the labels, there are still no global entities for each of the label. There are agencies in different countries that certify for example natural products (although they may have less than 100% and still be considered natural), vegan (they are not in all countries but in several and growing, they do not verify the companies, only the information received), sustainable, although to reach 100% sustainability there is still a long way to go.
Natural cosmetics are here to stay and it is going to be a great trend of the future.