How many of us are suckers for a new beauty product? I know, I for one, am. But do we really know what we are putting on our skin? You wouldn’t eat something if you didn’t know what the ingredients were (I hope)! It’s high time we adopt the same mantra for the world of cosmetics.
You don’t have to be a scientist or a dermatologist to understand and care about the skincare products you buy. Just learn to recognise a natural product from a not-so natural product by picking up the lingo.
Check Your Ingredients
The first thing to look out for is an ingredient list. If a product omits one of these, it could be a sign that your product contains nasties that they want to hide from you. As a rule of thumb, avoid these items like the plague.
Commonly (just as with food labels) the ingredient which makes up the heaviest weight in the goods will be listed earliest; and those after in a descending order.
A chemical cosmetic list will commonly contain items like petrochemicals, parabens, sodium lauryl and sulphates as well as synthetic dyes and synthetic colours. These are ingredients which are produced in the lab for a desired effect whether it is anti-aging or acne-fighting. It’s important to acknowledge just how delicate your skin is; do you really want to overpower it with all these chemicals?
The Natural Touch
Alternatives to chemical products exist in the form of natural and organic cosmetics. What is the difference I hear you ask? By definition a ‘natural’ product should be one made up of ingredients that come from the earth and are sustainable- such as plants. However there is little regulation in the ‘natural’ beauty industry. One product could be for the most part natural whilst another may have only one or two minor natural components.
By comparison, organic products receive more thorough ruling. Just like organic food, which is free of potentially harmful pesticides, produce used in organic beauty must be certified as sourced from a farm that refrains from using such pesticides. A truly organic item can be identified by the ‘SOIL ASSOCIATION ORGANIC’ badge.
Aesthetics aside for a moment, organic and natural products (to a lesser extent) are a helpful way to help the environment and agriculture. Your skin absorbs a hell of a lot of the goods you put on it so consider just how much good the synthetic colours and perfumes will be doing it.
New releases such as Triactol ingredients are constantly becoming available in the beauty scene. Shop around to find companies that are committed to providing safe ingredients that work. When you find a reliable brand, stick with it! Remember though that everyone’s skin is different and what works for a friend might not work for you.
Do you have any particular preference whether or not your beauty products are strictly all natural? Leave a comment to share your opinion.
About our guest…
Laura Beecroft is a health and beauty fanatic. Always eager to try a new product, she blogs to help you make the right purchasing decisions too. She writes for Triactol.