5 THINGS ABOUT NATURAL SKINCARE YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWNFebruary 2nd 2020 at 5:24pm
An estimated five million trillion trillion bacteria live on Earth, a number almost identical to the available skincare products currently on the market. Ok, so maybe I'm stretching the truth (a lot) but the actual number of choices can be just as overwhelming to some.
Hi I'm Shernell, owner and founder of the brand Nell's Naturals. I've been in the business of natural skincare since 2015 but I've been delving into the topic for over 8 years. My goal has always been to educate and encourage persons to make more informed choices when it comes to beauty, skincare and lifestyle products.
The average woman uses 16 different skincare products every single day. With the skin being the largest organ in our bodies, shouldn't we aim to be more educated about the products we use on it?
Thankfully many of us are taking the steps to do just that and many skincare brands have been cleaning up their acts as a result.
This brings me to my first point.
NATURAL SKINCARE IS TRENDING
As consumers are becoming more and more aware of the danger's of conventional skincare, brands are churning out more and more natural skincare products to meet the demand. At every level of the beauty industry the move towards natural and organic ingredients can clearly be seen.
Brands have recorded huge leaps in profits in the natural beauty category over the years.
Simply put natural skincare is big business, which is why consumers must be as knowledgeable about the subject as they can.
NATURAL AND ORGANIC ARE NOT ONE AND THE SAME
Natural skincare products contain mainly natural ingredients. Natural ingredients are derived from nature and can be anything that’s a plant, mineral or animal by-product.
Organic refers to how ingredients are farmed. Ingredients must be prepared and grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, growth hormones or antibiotics to be considered organic. The use of the word organic on beauty products is highly regulated. In most countries products must contain at least 70% organic ingredients to be certified as an organic product.
NATURAL IS AN UNREGULATED TERM
The words "natural" and "all-natural" are not regulated labelling terms, so it's important to research brands that make those claims. The Environmental Working Group's website Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a great resource for researching ingredients and brands alike.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ESSENTIAL OILS, "NATURAL FRAGRANCE" AND SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE
Essential oils are plant extracts made by steam distilling or cold-pressing a variety of aromatic plant material including flowers, stems, leaves, roots, seeds and barks.
Essential oils most often consist of many healing properties or provide therapeutic benefits not found in synthetic aromatics.
“Natural fragrances” are made with natural raw materials like essential oils, resins and chemicals that have been naturally isolated from a botanical.
Isolates are extracted in the same manner as essential oils. When you extract essential oils however, you are extracting the entire scent complex compound whereas when you extract an isolate you are extracting a single scent molecule.
Synthetic fragrances may sometimes smell similar to its natural counterpart however all of it's elements are chemically created in a lab. EWG researchers found more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, cause reproductive malformation and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
HYALURONIC ACID CAN BE NATURAL, NATURALLY DERIVED OR SYNTHETIC
Hyaluronic Acid, also known as HA, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by our bodies. About half the Hyaluronic Acid in our bodies are found in the skin. Its main function is to keep tissues lubricated and moist. The natural aging process, UV damage and pollution are some of the things that decrease its amounts in the body over time.
To counteract this HA can be supplemented orally, injected by specialists or applied topically through skincare products.
Skincare powered by HA can reduce wrinkles and the appearance of scars, as well as smooth and plump the skins surface.
Natural Hyaluronic Acid is mainly sourced from rooster combs and the joints or eyeballs of cows.
Naturally derived Hyaluronic Acid are made through plant and wheat fermentation, then purified to extract the HA within.
We at Nell's Naturals use naturally derived HA in many of our products. Our Hydra-Boost Essence is formulated with the industry standard of 1% HA. It is also oil free, absorbs quickly and instantly delivers intense hydration.
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