The clean and natural beauty products movement is becoming increasingly popular these days. It’s everywhere online and on various stores that sell natural beauty products alongside actual plants or images of plants, as well as an idea of clean living.
However, the main issue with marketing beauty products is that the term “natural” isn’t really an official term. But it is now more a catch-all phrase for products that don’t contain harmful synthetic ingredients. This can get pretty confusing.
This is especially true for uneducated consumers. Because some companies are free to claim that they’re selling natural products. This is even if they contain ingredients that aren’t really natural. So if you’re really interested in starting a natural skincare routine, you need to educate yourself.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Determine what you want to obtain from natural beauty products
Do you want something that will be gentler on your skin, provide healthier skin and better results, or are more environmentally friendly? Perhaps a combination of all these?
Start as slowly as possible
If you are genuinely interested in whether certain natural ingredients might be better for you, you need to determine what your skin needs first. So when building a natural skincare regimen, introduce one product at a time each week to see if it can work for you and won’t cause a negative reaction.
Discuss plans with your dermatologist
This is especially important if you use prescription beauty products. While natural skincare ingredients are safe, just like all potent ingredients, there’s a chance that they can negatively interact or reduce the efficacy of some synthetic ingredients. So speak to your dermatologist just to be on the safe side.
Opt for targeted and scientifically proven natural ingredients
For example, some of the most popular natural skincare ingredients include niacinamide and rosehip oil. They can both offer skin smoothening, faster healing and anti-wrinkle effects as well as a reduction in hyperpigmentation.
If your primary concerns are blackheads and acne, willow bark extract, which is a salicylic acid derivative, can help. Also, if you want to slow down or reverse signs of sun damage and aging, antioxidants such as those in vitamin E and C, or from various plants like green tea, could help. They prevent damage that destroys collagen, ultimately leading to discoloration and wrinkle formation.
Don’t expect immediate effects
This is especially true if your skin is used to prescription-strength or synthetic skincare products. This does not mean, however, that a natural ingredient won’t work. You’ll just have to wait for some time for it to give you noticeable results.
Do your own homework
Aside from speaking to your dermatologist (if you have one), read real reviews online, join forums and discussions boards, and check out the online “Skin Deep Database” by the Environmental Working Group. You can refer to this database when researching ingredients.
Skincare is a very personal experience, so determining the balance between what’s right and good for your skin is key. Natural skincare products could be both extremely effective in attaining healthy skin and being more eco-friendly.
You just have to know exactly which ingredients you’re using and how it will impact your skin, overall health, and the environment.