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Are Natural & Organic Skincare Ingredients Better and Safer?

Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Poison ivy and arsenic are natural, but I wouldn’t recommend adding them to your skincare routine!

The skin is the largest living organ we have on our bodies. Just like we always try to take care of and heal our other organs and body parts, we need to take care of our skin too. We should always be mindful of what products we apply to our skin, so it doesn’t absorb toxic chemicals.

As we know skincare is very important and essential to keeping our skin healthy and looking its best. It’s becoming more and more popular, as a lot of TikTok and Instagram users have been talking about it and they have been promoting a lot of skincare products. Which has given skincare product companies an incentive to produce more and more skincare products.

Many consumers lean toward buying more natural and organic products, which is understandable since we all believe that “natural is better” and we want to avoid chemically-based formulas as much as we can. But are natural and organic skincare ingredients really better OR any safer?

Natural & Organic Skincare Ingredients – Are They Better OR Safer?

STRAIGHT ANSWER: No, natural and organic skincare ingredients aren’t better or safer to use. Even though natural and organic skincare can be good and as effective just like commercial skincare products, it’s doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. It can be, but that isn’t always the case.

What Is Natural & Organic Skincare?

Natural and organic skincare can refer to products that are made with ingredients that can be found in nature, such as plants, fruits, vegetables, minerals, and other natural sources.  The ingredients used in natural skincare products are often organic and minimally processed so that the main natural properties remain as they are.

The most commonly used natural ingredients are chamomile, lavender, green tea, rose, aloe vera, calendula, and many more. There are many forms of natural skincare products such as tonics, serums, moisturizers, masks, etc.

The goal of the creation of these products is to minimize the usage of synthetic chemicals and preservatives that can be found in commercial skincare products. Another goal is to make them gentler and more soothing to the skin.

So, you may be wondering “Why should you consider switching to natural and organic skincare and are the ingredients in the products actually safe?”. Well stick around and keep on reading. Let’s jump right to it!

Reasons Why You Should Use Natural Skincare Products

There are a lot of reasons why you should switch to natural skincare products, but we will discuss only a few.

It’s Better For The Environment

Natural skincare products as we stated above are made from ingredients that can be found in nature and that can be sustainably resourced, which means they are grown and harvested in a way that is mindful of the environment and won’t cause a disbalance to the ecosystem. These ingredients are more often biodegradable-they will break down and decompose on their own naturally in the environment. And the products are being stored in recyclable and eco-friendly packagings such as glass or paper, that way it will help with reducing package waste.

It’s Better For Your Skin

Natural skincare products are made from ingredients derived from nature, so they don’t contain synthetic chemicals or preservatives that can be harsh on the skin. The ingredients are mostly fruits, plants, and vegetables that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which nourish and protect the skin and make it softer.

It’s Safer For Animals

Sadly there are still some cosmetic companies that do their testing on animals which is so inhumane and appalling. Natural skincare companies are vegan and cruelty-free and they always vouch for animal rights and are against animal cruelty.

The Downside Of Natural & Organic Ingredients

Although natural skincare has its positives and can be very useful for the skin, it can also have some negatives to it too.

Natural ingredients in skincare are usually marketed as a safer option for the skin, but that is not always the case. Some natural ingredients can cause inflammation and irritation to the skin, thus making it break out more often or they may slow down the skin’s ability to renew and regenerate itself.

Some essential oils may cause allergic reactions and inflammations. For example, lavender, tea tree, and lemon essential oils may cause an allergic reaction to some individuals. And oils from citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, and lime may cause the skin to become more sensitive and vulnerable to the harmful rays of the sun.

Another example is some extracts from eucalyptus or peppermint may also cause irritation or an allergic reaction to the skin. In some cases, although it’s most likely rare it can lead to dermatitis in some unlucky individuals.

If these ingredients aren’t properly stored or processed they can become a welcoming environment for lots of bacteria and fungi, such as mold to thrive in, which can lead to skin infections if it comes in contact with the skin.

So, Are Natural & Organic Ingredients Safe?

The safety of natural and organic ingredients may vary between individuals, such as their skin types, sensitivities, and allergies. While some ingredients can be gentle and soothing for one person, those same ingredients might cause irritation or an allergic reaction in another person.

It’s important to remember that just because some products or ingredients are listed as “organic” or “natural” doesn’t mean that it’s safe and effective for the skin.

You should always read the ingredients label and do more research on your own so that you can be sure that the product is right for you.

You should always consult your dermatologist for any concerns and do allergy tests if you have a history of having sensitive skin or reactions, just to be on the safe side.

If a product is causing you discomfort or if it’s irritating your skin immediately stop using it and consult your dermatologist.

To sum up, even though natural and organic skincare can be good and effective just like commercial skincare products, it’s not for everyone. If you truly want to consider switching over to natural skincare, you need to be cautious and do research before trying a new product!


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