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Why Switching To Natural Beauty Products Actually Might Not Be The Best Thing For Your Skin

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It’s clear that loads of people are becoming more conscious about what they’re putting on their bodies. Sometimes, a brand needs to create synthetic ingredients in order to ensure their product will work well every single time. Just because something’s made in a lab, doesn’t mean it’s toxic — and just because something’s completely natural, doesn’t mean it’s not (arsenic, anyone?).

A “Natural” Label Doesn’t Always Mean Chemical-Free

Ingredients that can get a beauty product labeled as “natural” are often paired with other additives that can be detrimental to our skin. Many ‘natural’ personal care products have few associated studies to demonstrate efficacy and safety akin to that of FDA-regulated products. Some items branded as ‘natural’ in fact contain chemicals.

It’s always important to actually read the ingredients label, and not just rely on language on the front of a bottle that implies something is natural.

Fewer Ingredients Doesn’t Always Equal Better

Many people looking for natural products are hoping for a shorter ingredient list. And while it’s true that long lists full of things you can’t pronounce aren’t always great, a lot of organic ingredients require additional additives to provide any skin care benefits.

If you just put something on the skin, many times it’s not going to get absorbed. That’s the point of our skin, after all: to stop foreign objects from reaching our insides.

If you’re going to put something on the skin, you want an oil base so it can mix with the top layer of our epidermis.
For example: If you have something, say rose hip water, and you just put that on the skin, that’s not going to penetrate. But rose hip is a good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory so why not take that and encapsulate it a little bit of an oil molecule around it, and then apply it to the skin.

Your Truly Organic Products Won’t Last Long

Most of the shelf-life of organic ingredients is about three months. That’s not an inherently negative thing, but it does mean you’ll need to be mindful about restocking. You can keep your organic products in the refrigerator to help preserve them, but that it’s extra important to dump them once they pass the expiration date.

And Sometimes, We Need Parabens

Parabens get a bad rap, and many natural brands brag that their products don’t contain any. However, parabens are a very large molecule and they sit on top of the skin and they don’t get absorbed throughout. And it’s one of the best preservatives we that we have.

Although a 2004 study found parabens in breast cancer tissue, causality was not established in that study. In addition, further research is still needed to prove that any of the paraben alternatives on the market are any safer for our health. Besides, ketchup has more parabens than a topical cream we’re putting on… and we’re ingesting it.

The two most commonly used parabens in ketchup, methylparaben and propylparaben, are on the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list as long as they make up less than 0.1% of the product ingredients. Since there is no regulation on parabens in cosmetics, these types of stats for your makeup are difficult to confirm.

Misinformation Can Be Deadly!

Since there isn’t a ton of scientific evidence available about natural products, a lot of misinformation about them gets spread across the internet. Before you take anything you read online to heart, it’s always good to consult with a professional skin therapist or Dermatologist.

One of the the most common questions to ask them is whether sunscreens are safe, and I am referring to the popular theory that chemical sunscreens could be poisoning you.

One in five South Africans develop skin cancer. Sunscreens are regulated by the FDA. There are no studies published in the literature that demonstrate credible safety issues.

Sunscreen is a critical tool to prevent skin cancer and saves lives.You don’t have to use traditional chemical sunscreens to fulfill your SPF need, however. Patients with sensitive skin or dermatological conditions such as rosacea may opt to use a ‘natural sunscreen’ with physical blockers such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

A product with SPF 15 will protect you from 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 will protect you from 97 percent. Since neither of those are 100 percent, we recommend staying in the shade and wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, no matter what type of sunscreen you choose.

People With Allergies Should Be Especially Cautious

Think tree pollen, nuts, stone fruits, etc — cause allergic reactions, and the same goes for organic ingredients in beauty products. Ingredients created in a lab can be more carefully formulated for sensitive skin, but if you’re determined to go natural, just make sure you do a patch test on the inside of your arm before smearing a new organic cream all over your face.

Don’t Worry: Some Natural Ingredients Actually Do Work

I love natural ingredients. I think they’re great!. Oils that are high in omega-3 fatty acids — acids that our bodies need for cell health, but can’t produce on its own — are especially great in the winter, when the skin’s barrier starts to break down from the cold.Apple cider vinegar is another natural ingredient — in fact, using it to replace your shampoo once a week really can get rid of buildup caused by products.

Many dermatologists found that many natural ingredients that block melanin production or lighten melanin that has been produced work well for her patients with hyperpigmentation, specifically kojic acid, lignin peroxidase, ellagic acid, niacinamide, and soy. Unfortunately, prolonged usage can cause photosensitivity, she says, so just be sure to wear sunscreen, too.

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