Are Natural and Organic Cosmetics Really Better for Your Skin?

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There is a lot of debate surrounding organic cosmetic ingredients. Are they really better than simply natural or synthetic ones? Today we will help you answer this question by offering some explanations about popular cosmetic ingredients.

Is Natural Always Good?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of us see the word “natural” on the label and believe that this product is superior by default. This isn’t true as not all natural ingredients are equally good for your skin. It’s essential to understand that not all ingredients are the same. Regardless of their origin, some elements are bad for your skin because they cause irritation or clog pores.

Many natural ingredients cause allergies that are detrimental to your skin. In some cases, the irritation is so mild that you don’t notice it, but it affects you from the inside lowering your natural protections, destroying collagen, and increasing the risk of breakouts.

Potentially Harmful Natural Ingredients:

  • Allspice
  • Balm mint oil
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Coriander oil
  • Cypress
  • Fennel
  • Geranium oil
  • Grapefruit extract
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemon extract
  • Lime extract
  • Oak bark
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Witch hazel

To be clear, some well-formulated products do contain these ingredients and are good for your skin. They contain other elements that neutralize negative effects of these natural oils and extracts, allowing you to reap the benefits they offer. Unfortunately, the only way to determine whether the product is safe, is to start using it and keep a close eye on your skin’s reaction.

You can reduce the risks by buying only from reliable brands that specialize in natural beauty products. These companies know which natural and organic ingredients are the best to use and how to extract all their benefits and ensure that the product is safe for your skin.

Exceptionally Good Natural Ingredients:

  • Beta carotene (contained in red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables)
  • Green tea extract
  • Licorice extract
  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Vitamin C

This list can go on as there are a great number of excellent natural ingredients. It’s best to research the properties of every element before buying any beauty product. You will be able to find this information online, and this way, but if you have no time to spend the hours researching, go with the brand you trust.

“Organic” Myth Busted

Natural ingredients are derived from natural sources and they really are safer for your skin than synthetic chemicals. As long as you don’t buy poorly-formulated products that contain harmful elements (either natural or synthetic), you shouldn’t encounter any problems.

But what about organic ingredients? Are they better?

It’s a well-known fact that organic cosmetics are often more expensive, but research indicates that this isn’t a justified expense. There is no scientific evidence to prove that organic ingredients are superior to regular natural extracts and oils. The manufacturers often claim that their products are better because they are free from the pesticides. However, any cosmetic ingredient is purified many times over, so even non-organic elements lose any traces of these nasty chemicals while they are processed and mixed with other ingredients to create a high-quality beauty product.

Considering all this, you shouldn’t pay more. The most important thing is to buy a well-formulated product from a reliable manufacturer.

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