What Makes Natural Skin Care Products...Natural?
People apply more chemicals to their skin than they’re probably aware of. In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group, women apply an average of 168 chemicals to their skin each day. Men may use fewer products, but they’re still topping out at about 85 chemicals per day.
Beauty and skin care products are a major source of chemicals and toxins for many people. A lot of products on the market today are loaded with artificial ingredients and chemicals that even the experts have a hard time pronouncing. These chemicals may temporarily improve skin but can have negative long-term effects, not simply on the skin but the whole body.
At Native Sun, we believe that nature has provided the perfect natural prescription for healthy skin. Here’s what you need to know about natural skin care and why sticking as close to natural as possible is our recommendation.
What Does It Mean to Be Natural?
Natural is a term you hear thrown around a lot, but when it comes to skincare, what does it actually mean?
Before we can discuss what it means to be natural, you first have to understand what’s not natural and why conventional beauty products can be a problem. First, personal care and cosmetic products aren’t as well regulated in the United States as you may think. The approval process through the FDA is quite easy, so what you’re applying to your skin may have synthetic and artificial ingredients that haven’t been looked at closely – and even some that are proving to be harmful such as parabens.
When a beauty product is natural, that means it’s free from synthetic and artificial ingredients. They should not contain:
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Always check the ingredients list when buying a product and make sure it’s free from these toxic, synthetic ingredients. That’s how you know if a product is, in fact, natural.
The Benefits of Natural Skin Care
Natural health and beauty practices have a wealth of benefits to your skin and beyond. These include:
Results – Eliminating synthetic chemicals and toxins from your skin care routine will result in your skin responding to the natural nutrients you’re providing. Ingredients derived organically and naturally will provide results in the long term, leaving you with smoother skin with a softer texture.
Instant gratification – Natural health and beauty products are often more powerful than anything created in a lab could ever hope to be. Natural ingredients create changes in your skin you can see and feel almost immediately.
More than healthy skin – While healthy, balanced skin may be the goal of your efforts, you’ll notice other benefits too. The chemicals found in skin care products are absorbed into your body, affecting more than just your skin. Removing toxic products from your routine not only cleans up your day to day but also reduces the long term, residual impact on other body systems.
You are What You Eat
Healthy skin truly starts from within. One of the best things you can do to care for your skin is to eat a healthy, balanced diet that creates an ideal environment for your gut microbiome. If you can help your gut flora to flourish with natural foods and probiotics, then you’ll support a healthy endocrine system, healthier digestion, and reduce inflammation – all of which can lead to healthy, glowing skin.
You should also make sure to:
Eat organic – Organic foods are free from toxins that can accelerate aging.
Drink more water – Dehydration, no matter how slight, can reduce how well your body functions as a whole, taking a toll on your skin and causing it to look dry, flaky, and dull.
Eat healthy fats – Incorporate foods such as flax seeds, olive oil, fish, nuts, and avocados into your diet. The fatty acids they contain are great for your skin.
Get more Vitamin C – A diet full of Vitamin C leads to skin with fewer wrinkles.
Limit your sun exposure – You need a small amount of sun each day for your body to produce Vitamin D, but don’t go overboard. If you’re going to be outside for longer than a few minutes, use titanium dioxide or zinc as sunscreen and throw on a hat and some sunglasses.
Native Sun: High Standards
At Native Sun, we have only the highest standards for the organic and natural products we provide to our customers. We always make sure to have the most up-to-date ingredient information from manufacturers, so you can rest easy knowing that we’ve done the research for you and work hard to verify the quality of the ingredients used.
Natural skin care has many advantages for your skin, body, and well-being. Let us help you unlock the power of the natural skin care nature provides.