The Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

There is no shortage of skin care products on the shelves of every grocery store, pharmacy, and even department store. Each of the products claims to be able to cure every skin concern, from dry skin to oily skin, from acne to fine lines. The reality is that unless you know exactly what ingredients go into the skin care products that you are using, it really is irrelevant what they claim to be able to accomplish for your skin. A large portion of the products on the market are steeped in unidentifiable chemicals that can actually have a very negative effect on your overall health. In order to get the healthiest possible skin, it is preferable to rely on natural skin care products to help alleviate the skin concerns that you are living with.

There are a number of really great reasons to incorporate all-natural products into your daily beauty regimen.

First and foremost are the hypo-allergenic properties that a fair portion of all natural skin care products can offer. While the rare individual may still have a mild reaction to even the most natural of skin care products, the majority of people who use them will find that they are typically well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin types. The allergic reactions that are often noticed are mostly as a result of the use of chemical ingredients in the products. As an example, a portion of the population will actually break out into an itchy rash when they apply deodorant. The reason for the itchy and oftentimes painful reaction is due to the aluminum and other compounds used in the deodorants. So while they smell powder fresh, in reality they are in absolute misery from the reaction their skin is having to the product.

By using all natural skin care products, you can avoid those types of reactions to the hand creams, face creams, and even soaps that you use as a part of your daily beauty regimen.

Another factor that is related to allergies or sensitive is that the best natural skin care products typically have a much more mild and natural scent to them. They don’t include those strong artificial scents that could actually be responsible for kicking off an allergic or otherwise sensitive response. Even the smell of artificial vanilla can send some sensitive people into sneezing fits and cause headaches.

One of the other important considerations about natural skin care products is that they do not contain known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors like the chemically-laden products do. Parabens and phosphates are just two types of ingredients most often found in a wide variety of health and beauty products; even those products designed specifically for use on infants. By incorporating all natural and healthy products into the daily routine of caring for your family’s skin, you’ll be able to effectively protect their health, for the long-term. A great portion of the ingredients contained within some of the most popular skin care products aren’t just unpronounceable, but they have no place in any products that will be applied directly to your skin. When you apply lotion to your face, the chemicals contained with the lotion will swiftly find their way into your skin and into your blood stream. The same holds true for all types of skin care products that are chockfull of chemical ingredients.

Protect your health and still keep your skin looking radiant by picking out the best natural skin care products that will help you to see an improvement in the skin condition you are hoping to alleviate. Nature truly does know best when it comes to the care of your delicate skin.

How and Why Should We Use Natural Skin Care Products

Introduction

The human skin is the largest organ of the human body. It not only has quite a complex structure, but also performs several life sustaining functions.

We can live without a Spleen, Gall Bladder, or an Appendix, and we can survive with only one Kidney or one Lung, but we cannot survive without our skin. As a result it is of the utmost importance that we take care of our skin.

Using natural skin care products is a good first step in providing the skin with the right nutrients and building materials to retain its health and functionality.

What Does Our Skin Actually Do for Us?

Our skin has many functions, most of which we are unaware of until something goes wrong. They include:

  • Regulation of body temperature;
  • Protection against the elements;
  • Sensation;
  • Excretion;
  • Immunity;
  • Blood storage and
  • Synthesis of Vitamin D.

If you want to read about these functions in more detail you can have a look at this article: Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin.

In summary, these functions provide us with awareness of our surrounding climatic environment, protect us against some of the bacteria and other potentially harmful bugs in our surroundings, allow us to experience touch and feel, eliminate toxins from our body, store blood, and provide the means for our body to obtain vitamin D while protecting our body from the sun’s UV-rays.

Considering these vital functions our skin has to perform, it is no surprise that we need to look after our skin and make sure it is given every opportunity to function properly and remain healthy.

Why You Should Choose Natural Skin Care Products?

With all the media and news reports warning consumers of the potentially toxic ingredients in many of the commercially available skin care products sold in supermarkets and department stores, this is an easy question to answer.

Firstly, many of the commonly used skin care products contain artificial and/or synthetic ingredients that the body has difficulties in eliminating, and as a result it tends to store these chemicals in its tissues. Research has shown that the accumulation of many of these substances can have serious health effects.

If you are interested in learning more about some of the toxic chemicals used in skin care products, please read the article ” Potentially Toxic Ingredients In Skin Care Products”. It will provide you with much information and research references for you to be able to identify what is in your skin care products and what should not be there.

Holistically natural skin care products do not contain artificial or synthetic ingredients. They should also not contain isolated, concentrated, natural substances, such as parabens (pseudo-natural preservative) and the like, that have been shown to be potentially hazardous.

How To Choose Natural Skin Care Products That are Safe and Effective?

This is where it starts to get really difficult. You see, many so called natural or organic skin care products are in reality nothing of the kind. Adding a minuscule amount of aloe vera to water does not constitute a holistically natural skin care product. It may be ‘natural’ or even ‘organic’, but it will not be effective and therefore is a waste of your money.

To have an effective aloe vera product for example, it requires at least 10% of the overall content to be aloe vera. Or, the aloe vera needs to be combined with several other active, natural ingredients that are combined to achieve a specific result.

The term ‘Organic’ is another area where consumers are being misled. Adding a single ‘organic’ ingredient and then calling the products ‘organic’, is quite simply wrong. You see the commercials on television and magazines every day… “xyz product contains organic this and organic that”… but no mention is made of the other ingredients that are contained in these products, many of which have been shown to be hazardous to our health.

There is yet another problem with natural skin care products, that is an area of confusion and potentially misleading. Just ask yourself what exactly is “natural”? What is actually meant by the term “natural”?

The word ‘natural’ congers up images of nature – pristine environments that make us feel good. A safe, natural environment that is conducive to health and a sense of wellbeing. Spring water, waterfalls, pristine lakes, a healthy salads, Rainforests, etc., are all images that we perceive as ‘natural’, or in other words ‘good for us’.

The cosmetic industry has ceased on this and is using the word natural to instil in their advertisements a sense of wellbeing and the idea that this product is good for us. Unfortunately, one or two natural ingredients does not a natural skin care product make… Far from it, natural skin care products should not contain any ingredients that are not naturally sourced. This brings us to another problem with natural skin care products.

A naturally sourced ingredient, such as the various forms of paraben, may still be potentially hazardous. Just think about it – would you put arsenic or lead on your skin? No of course you wouldn’t. But, they are natural, so what’s the problem? Natural substances too can also be deadly poisons.

Applying this to skin care products, you might be looking for a product that is natural and contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), which we know help to remove dead skin cell layers which in turn helps to remove fine lines and wrinkles, revealing new vibrant skin.

Now, you could buy a product that lists as one of its ingredients AHAs, it might even contain AHA in its name, or you could buy a product that contains a concentrate called papain, which is a natural substance from the Papaya fruit. So, yes papain is natural and yes this product could, depending on other ingredients, be called a natural skin care product. However, papain is a concentrate and as such many people have experienced side effects because the papain is present in too high a concentration for some people.

A truly, holistically natural skin care product would not contain papain as an extract. Rather it would contain Papaya fruit itself. You see, the whole fruit still contains papain, however, it also contains other ingredients in the papaya that modify the excessively strong effect of the papain. Choosing such a product will, at least to a large extent, reduce any potential side effects from the papain, because the product is naturally balanced and contains naturally balanced ingredients that will benefit your skin rather than burn it.

The results of removing fine lines and wrinkles may take a little longer, but are overall better and you reduce the chance of ‘burning’ your skin with a concentrated AHA. Remember AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid and we all know acids burn our skin.

How To Use Natural Skin Care Products?

Following directions

This is actually a lot more important than most people think. Directions for use are a communication by the manufacturer of a product to their consumers about how to use and get the best results from a particular product.

It has been our experience, that most people who purchase our natural skin care products do not read the directions and use our products the same way that they have been using their previous brand. This however, may or may not be the correct way to use our products.

Properly formulated products contain ingredients in sufficiently high quantities to achieve a desired effect if used in accordance with the product’s directions. Using more does not mean better or quicker results, rather using too much can have adverse effects or no more effect than the lesser quantity.

Conversely, if for example, the product’s directions suggest that it be used 2 or 3 times a day using it merely once is not likely to produce the desired effect in most cases.

This is obvious when we think about taking medicine. We read the directions and take the drugs, herbs, or what ever, as prescribed and hopefully we get the desired result.

So why is it that we do this when it comes to taking medicine, but ignore it (for the most part) when it comes to using skin care products or other personal care products?

Reading the instructions carefully and following them ensures that a) you are not wasting your money, and b) you should get the desired results.

Good and Bad Reactions from Using Skin or Personal Care Products

There are several possible reactions you may experience. There are good reactions and negative reactions. Let’s look at good reactions to begin with.

Good Skin Reactions to New Products

Herbs, essential oils and most of the other ingredients that you’ll find in our range of products have a medicinal actions and are included for a specific purpose, that is, the formulations that make up our various products were originally designed to treat particular skin health issues. This intent, though we do not actively promote this, continues to this day.

As you probably know, there are three basic skin types; Normal, Oily and Dry. In addition, your skin may also be sensitive, prone to allergic reactions or under the influence of hormonal changes that are taking place in your body. The herbs and essential oils in our products are specifically chosen to normalize the skin given one of the skin types. The herbs and essential oils will have a therapeutic effect on the skin’s structure and function in order to provide an environment under which your skin will start to function normally again.

Similarly this is relevant for sensitive skin that tends to react inappropriately to different stimuli. It is possible, for example, that an individual with sensitive skin who is using our products for the first time, will experience a reaction which they may see as being a negative reaction.

This however, may well be totally the opposite to what is actually taking place. You see, in order for your skin’s health to improve, it has to change. This change may appear at first as a worsening of a particular skin issue and this will understandably be interpreted as a negative.

Under normal circumstances however, this type of reaction, if the products are continued with, will only last for a few days and following this time the skin will improve and end up much healthier. This process is sometimes referred to as ‘A healing crisis’, and is actually a good thing to happen.
It signifies that the ingredients are doing what they are supposed to, that is they are repairing and normalizing the skin’s functions. This is a normal and in fact good reaction.

Bad Skin Reactions to New Products

Obviously there are times when a new product may actually cause a bad skin reaction. Unfortunately a bad reaction often appears very similarly to a good reaction. So how can you tell the difference and what should you do?

The first thing to do when ever you purchase a new skin or personal care product is to test it to see if you have any adverse reactions to this product. Below is a detailed outline and links that will provide you with all the information you need to test a new product in order to determine whether or not your skin is going to react adversely to it or not.

Test the Products to Avoid Allergic Reactions

Another important aspect to using any skin care, personal care or cosmetic products, whether they are natural or otherwise, is to test the products first in order to see if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

To do this, follow the steps described in our article “The Skin Patch Test”, which will provide you with a simple, yet effective step-by-step test that you can easily do at home over a 24 hour period, to reasonably ensure that you will not experience major adverse reactions to the ingredients in products you want to use on your face, or anywhere else on your body. This test is simple and very effective.

Finally, before you purchase a product, look at the ingredients list and see if the ingredients are easily recognisable. As a rule of Thumb, if the ingredients are easily recognizable it is more likely that the ingredients are of a natural source and have not been excessively modified. If on the other hand you need a chemistry degree to understand what the ingredient is, it is likely not to be a holistically-natural ingredient. It may still be a natural ingredient, but it is likely that it has been isolated and is used in a concentrated, possibly even synthetic form.

For the most part, most ‘natural skin care products’ widely available in the market place are far from natural or that matter organic. Most have minimal quantities of some natural ingredient in an otherwise non-natural product and are referring to the one natural ingredient in the product, rather than the nature of the product itself.

Hopefully this article will clarify some of the confusion that exists about what is a natural skin care product and what is not, help you to choose natural skin care products that will actually live up to your expectations, and clarify why using natural skin care products is a healthier choice.

Skin: Handle With Love and Care: Use Organic Skin Care Products

The largest organ in the human body is the skin. Caring for the skin exists from time immemorial, as it is the most obvious sign of aging and we all want to try to maintain a youthful appearance. But, no general, broad-based, specific care is available. The harsh chemicals only suppress the skin problems but never treat them. Each person’s skin is different, and requires soft and gentle handling like that of a newborn. Hence the organic skin care products have flooded the market extensively. These products have proved themselves in the skin care industry to be the best way to get clear, glowing skin.

Also, the present stressful lifestyle, makes the skin age quickly and lose its sheen. The best way to combat these issues is to use products that do not contain hidden chemicals that can do damage in the long-term. Spending a few minutes a day using these products will go a long way in keeping our skin healthy, blemish free and young, as skin is a delicate organ which needs to be handled with love and care.

Steps to Skin care: Use Chemical-Free Skin Products

Skin not only comprises one’s face, but the whole body. But, the most exposed areas like face, neck, arms and feet are more prone to fast ageing and damage.The zillion products available on the market confuse the consumer’s mind as to what to choose and what to use?

Firstly, one has to find their skin type, oily, normal or dry, and how fast it is ageing, and if it has other problems like acne, UV radiation allergy etc., by consulting a dermatologist. Next, try branded, seasoned products available on the market. Go in for organic skin care products as they do not cause any irritation or side effects like the chemical based ones. The products which contain chemicals, may show results faster, but in the process damage the skin irreversibly. The problem recurs once usage of the product is stopped.

The case is different if organic all-natural products are used. They work at the root of the problem, eliminating the cause, rather than suppressing the symptoms. This may take a little more time, but it is definitely worth the effort.

So a definite comprehensive skin care regime is the use of organic skin care products only.

Natural Ingredients:Essential Oils, Herbs – Speciality:

The organic skin care products business is certainly booming for the stunning results they produce over a period of time and also because of their sustenance in keeping the skin glowing and fresh like a mirror forever. What makes these products so special? Naturally, their natural ingredients.

From time immemorial, many organic herbs and plants have been used to care for the skin. The organic skin products available on the market, use the same in different and more efficient combinations. Herbs and plants like Aloe vera, Green tea, Shea butter, Almonds, Olives, Chamomile, Coconut oil, Fruit extracts, Honey, Geranium, Carrot seeds, Raw cane sugar and Lavender, to name a few are the regular ingredients of these organic products.

Each of these ingredients is time-tested and when offered in the right combinations, produce glowing results on the skin. These ingredients have natural moisturising ability, and are loaded with antioxidants and other constituents which fight the viruses and bacteria causing skin infections and irritations, which leave the skin, young, radiant, soft and elastic through time.
So why wait?