Just like many other consumers, you probably prefer and natural skin care products because you’re concerned that many synthetic chemicals in creams and lotions can harm your skin or affect your overall health. But did you know that sometimes even so-called natural skin care products can have a negative effect?
Why Your “Natural” Face Cream or Lotion Can Be Bad for You
This has happened time and again to many people: they buy a beauty skin care product that’s supposed to be formulated especially for sensitive skin, yet find themselves breaking out in rashes or suffering from skin redness after applying it.
Why does that happen, when the eye cream or lotion contains natural ingredients that are supposed to heal — not harm — your skin? Here are two of the reasons why:
Reason #1: It could be that you are allergic to some natural substances. Take tea tree oil, for instance. There’s no doubt that it has numerous benefits for your skin: it helps wounds heal faster and is used in many acne treatment products. However, it can also cause redness and irritation in people with sensitive skin.
Reason #2: The healthy skin benefits of a natural ingredient seem to be cancelled out by other ingredients in the product. For example, there’s one very popular skin firming moisturizer you can find in most beauty stores today. It contains seaweed extract, a natural substance which has been proven to rejuvenate skin. BUT at the same time, the product also contains aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, a kind of aluminum salt. This substance has been approved for use in cosmetics, subject to some limitations. However, there also is concern about its neurotoxic effect on humans.
How to Find You Can Use Safely
First, look for an anti-aging or skin care product containing natural ingredients that pose the least risk of causing side effects. One such natural ingredient is jojoba oil. Because its chemical composition is very similar to our skin’s natural oils, it can be used safely for all skin types without fear of having an allergic reaction.
Second, make sure the product contains sufficient concentrations of those beneficial ingredients. Many beauty companies deceive consumers in this manner; they do include natural substances in their products, but in amounts that are simply too small to provide any real benefit.
Third, learn which ingredients to avoid in a skin care or beauty product. For your own protection, know why you should not use a face cream or body lotion that contains substances such as perfume or mineral oil. By arming yourself with this knowledge, you are better able to find you won’t have qualms using and recommending to others.