Natural vs Synthetic
We are living in an age where consumers are becoming more aware of what is in the products we consume and apply to our body. We’re learning more about the impacts of chemicals on our body and the environment which has caused a shift to more conscious consumption.
You are probably aware that many store bought skin care products contain long lists of chemicals that can potentially cause harm to your body. While many people accept this as the price of looking after their skin, these ingredients are seeping into your skin through the pores and can cause damage in the long run.
Stabilisers, preservatives, aromatic agents and artificial colouring can all have negative effects on the body and the environment.
The skin is the largest organ in the body in both weight and surface area. The skin has two layers, the dermis and the epidermis. The dermis provides support and structure to the skin. The epidermis functions to protect the body (acts as a shield). Underneath the dermis is the hypodermis which provides insulation for the skin.
Breaking through this barrier with chemical based skin care products puts you at a risk of developing irritations and allergies from synthetic materials.
Luckily, your skin does not have to suffer as there are a wide range of mother earths natural ingredients available. When looking at the ingredients on your skincare products, keep an eye out on our ingredients page. We’ve compiled a list of the best natural ingredients for skincare that will help your skin glow.
Possibly the most famous natural skin care product, it is also the most versatile. Coconut oil can be ingested as well as applied topically and can cause a variety of beneficial effects on your skin, including purging dead skin cells, fortifying skin tissue, and protecting the skin from sunburns.
On top of that, coconut oil is an excellent antibiotic, letting you deal a serious blow to any bacteria, fungi, or even viruses that may have camped out in your epidermis. Coconut oil has even been found to be effective at fighting off skin diseases like dermatitis. This degree of potency and utility makes it the best natural ingredient for the skin in our book. We use virgin coconut oil from Papua New Guinea in all of our products!
More on coconuts in our "It started with a Coconut" article...
Better for the environment
Simply put: natural skincare products are better for the environment than are synthetic skincare products. The reasons for this are numerous.
First and foremost, synthetic chemicals have the potential to harm animals and plants with which they come into contact. Should the synthetic chemicals from a synthetic product seep into the ground, they could have dire consequences on surrounding ecosystems.
Secondly, the processes associated with manufacturing traditional skincare products put a great deal of stress on the environment. This is because the extraction of certain ingredients (aluminum, lead, etc.) requires mining. Mining produces a great deal of pollution, ultimately leaving a negative carbon footprint on the environment at large.
When compared to synthetic skincare products, natural skincare products are much safer. This is because the ingredients contained within natural products are much safer than those contained in synthetic products.
See, when a lotion is applied to the skin, the ingredients contained within it slowly sink into the bloodstream. From there, they have a direct effect on many of the body’s processes.
If the ingredients are beneficial, they’ll have beneficial effects. If, on the other hand, they’re a detriment, they’ll have adverse effects on the body.
So, by using a natural skincare product as opposed to a synthetic one, you are essentially avoiding all negative health effects. This will result in you feeling better and looking better.
Packed with beneficial nutrients
The most poignant way to highlight the differences between synthetic and natural skincare products is to discuss their ingredients. The ingredient profiles of the two types of products are wildly different, to the point that they don’t even resemble similar products.
When you look at the ingredient label on a synthetic product, you’ll see words such as Triclosan, Glyceryl Stearate, Dye #4, and Petrolatum. These ingredients are made in labs, and, while capable of performing their function, can be detrimental to the body.
Natural products, on the other hand, are filled with familiar-sounding ingredients such as jojoba oil, argan oil, apple juice, lemon juice, and so on and so forth. These ingredients are not only not harmful to the body, but they’re actually beneficial, in fact.
This is due to the fact that they contain vitamins and compounds such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Resveratrol, alpha-hydroxy acid, and more, all of which help the body to function at optimal levels.
So, why use natural skin care products? Because they work!
Products don’t need tons of chemicals in them to be effective. In fact, some chemicals, like methylparaben for example, can actually make your skin more sensitive to UV light, reducing the efficacy of the product. Natural skin care ingredients, on the other hand, can help your skin absorb moisture and improve your skin’s barrier function, allowing your skin to stay protected and healthy.
If you ever find yourself wondering if the effort is worth it, remember the benefits of well-made natural skin care products. Ocean & Earth products can help you reduce your chemical exposure, decrease your environmental impact and keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
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