The spotlight has recently been on natural skincare and the benefits of using all-natural ingredients on the body. There are many benefits as a lot of the skincare products on the market that sometimes contain harsh and toxic ingredients. To put this in perspective, women put an average of 150-200 chemicals on their body every day. Men tend to put on around 85 chemicals on their bodies.
It is important to understand that some of what is put on your skin, lips, and around the eyes can pass through the skin and enter the body. This can put unnecessary stress on the natural detoxification systems in the body. Parabens, triclosan, oxybenzone, talc, petrochemicals, and phthalates have all been found to be endocrine disruptors and may affect the normal function of the thyroid. This can affect hormone production, may contribute to developmental and reproductive toxins, may affect fertility, worsen allergies, and contribute to metabolic disorders.
Skincare products made from natural ingredients can clear breakouts, protect from sun damage, soothe irritations, and even ease conditions like eczema. A lot of natural ingredients have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that can do the exact same thing chemicals can but without the damage. They are gentle and can protect against adverse reactions.
Another benefit is that natural skincare is actually better for the environment. Normal beauty products require tons of mining for lead, aluminum, and petroleum. These ingredients all harm wildlife and are not any better for our health as these materials have been linked to things like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
A few well-known organic or natural brands include Acure Organics, Nardo’s Natural, and Avalon Organics. As always, it is important to do a patch test to ensure that an allergic reaction does not occur.