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Benefits of Natural Skincare

Most of us use at least one kind of skincare product daily, think about all the products you use which may come in contact with your skin. Soaps, moisturisers, cleansers, perfumes, make-up, deodorant, the list could go on and on. As the largest organ of the body, our skin can absorb up to 60% of what we put on it, so it’s not only what you eat that matters, but also what you put on your skin.

They’re better for your health – arguably the biggest benefit of using natural skincare products. Many readily available products found in chemists and supermarkets are full of harmful chemicals. Aside from drying and damaging the skin, these chemicals can also cause a range of more serious problems such as reproductive issues, increasing your risk of cancer and disrupting the body’s natural detoxifying processes.

They’re better for the environment. Every time you use a product in the shower, bath or even just washing make-up off at the skin, the residue eventually ends up in our waterways or soil, which can cause long term damage to the environment. Natural products, generally don’t contain the same kinds of toxic elements, similarly, their packaging tends to be eco-friendlier and biodegradable, which helps the sustainability of ecosystems.

They work better. Natural and organic skincare products can often be absorbed by the body more effectively, as there are no artificial ingredients or chemicals restricting the absorption process. The more natural the product, the more direct the benefits are likely to be without the side effects of clogged pores or dry skin.

They’re less likely to irritate. The purer the product is, the less likely it is to cause skin irritation or other adverse effects. While some plant extracts can still cause reactions to some skin types or to individuals who may have allergies, when compared with artificial products, the irritation generally caused less damages and clears up faster.

It’s important to be mindful when purchasing skincare products. Just because the box says ‘natural’ doesn’t always mean the product is. Quite often ‘natural’ ingredients undergo some form on chemical processing to enhance their smell or increase shelf life. Always check the ingredients list, look for the addition of chemicals and avoid products with complex lists of ingredients.