If you’re like many people these days, you’re probably pretty careful about the food you choose to eat. Most of us try to avoid ingesting things like preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, artificial colors and chemicals — things that our bodies don’t need, and might even be potentially harmful. If you’re careful about what you’re putting into your body, you should also be concerned about the types of things you’re putting on your skin.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to skin care products that contain potentially harmful artificial ingredients. Non-toxic makeup and natural skin care products contain no artificial ingredients or chemicals. See below to discover some reasons to think about switching to natural skin care products.
Your skin is highly absorbent.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and because it has pores, your body will absorb whatever you put on it. After all, you wouldn’t slather your skin with motor oil or gasoline, so why use a skin cream that contains petrochemicals like petroleum and mineral oil? Happily, your skin’s amazing ability to absorb whatever you put on it means that it also will drink in all the healthy compounds found in natural products.
Natural beauty products are safe and effective.
Natural beauty products contain compounds found in nature, which many aestheticians believe make these products easier for your body to utilize. Many natural skin care products are made using things like organically grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, or plants that are harvested in the wild, like seaweed, that are packed with vitamin C and other wrinkle-fighting compounds that can help you achieve beautiful glowing skin. Minerals from the ocean and from various locations known for their skin healing properties, like the Dead Sea, are also commonly used.
Natural products tend to contain more active ingredients than cheaper products loaded with fillers and chemicals. They are often safer for people with allergies, and less irritating for people with sensitive skin. Plants that have been grown organically have also been shown to contain higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants than those that are conventionally grown.
Natural beauty products are easier to find than ever.
Egyptian Magic and several other skin care companies are now producing natural and organic skin care products, making them easier to find than ever before. You can purchase many natural skin care products right at your local drug store, from a variety online shops, as well as from traditional cosmetics retailers like Sephora and Macy’s.
All kinds of skin care products, from cleansers and toners, to sunscreens, lip balms, anti-wrinkle creams, moisturizers, and even insect repellants, are now made by companies producing high quality organic products.
Natural and organic skin care products are cruelty-free.
If you’re like a lot of consumers these days who are concerned about whether the products they buy and use are tested on animals, you can put your mind at ease when you buy natural products. Because these products are made from ingredients found in nature, they are safe for most people to begin with. Most companies that produce these products also pledge not to test their products on animals.
When you purchase natural skin care products, you’re not only making the world a kinder, gentler place, you’re putting pressure on the companies that conduct animal tests on cosmetics.
Natural skin care products and cosmetics are better for the environment.
Because the plants and other ingredients used to make natural products are organically grown or naturally harvested, they help to keep toxic pesticides and chemicals out of our soil, oceans, air and water supply. Many of the chemicals found in conventional beauty products don’t break down, so they tend to accumulate in the environment. This is especially true of chemicals found in products like cleansers that are regularly washed down the drain. Fillers used in many conventional products, such as non-organic palm oil, come from tropical plantations that are the result of rainforest deforestation.
Organic farming practices are better for wildlife because they don’t negatively impact delicate ecosystems or disrupt fragile food chains. If you care about the environment, natural and organic skin care products are the right choice.
The cosmetics industry is not well regulated.
Unlike companies that produce food, in the United States skin care companies are allowed to include almost any type of chemical in their products, even if they haven’t been tested for safety or have been proven to be harmful in other applications. Because they are chemical-free, natural products are a much safer alternative.