Natural is More than Skin Deep
By: Cassandra Celestin
Society as a whole has become more health-conscious, while seeking organic and natural products that are beneficial orally and topically. Aside from our genomic factors, we are aware that the appearance of our skin and is a direct reflection of our diet. Today, the importance is placed on what we eat, what we drink, as well as what we apply to our skin.
In cosmetics, when we hear the word “natural” we automatically believe that the product is good. Unfortunately, natural is not always natural, nor does it mean that the product is good. In the context of cosmetics, the vague definition of the word and the lack of strict regulation in non drug cosmetics allow manufacturers to define “natural” in various ways. Cosmetic manufacturers may make claims that a product is natural while only incorporating a few natural ingredients into the formula. Yet, many other ingredients may be synthetic chemicals and contain preservatives that are not natural.
Cosmetics are a part of a culture’s history. It represents the creative and technical progression of a society. Cosmetics have evolved from the ancient civilization use of natural ingredients for grooming and beautifying. However, not only did our Egyptian ancestors extract natural raw materials to creatively paint faces and body, but many had medicinal benefits.
In ancient civilization, there was a fine line in the roles that cosmetics and medicine would play for the benefit of beautifying and healing the skin. Natural ingredients that penetrated the skin’s epidermis and proved to be effective in cosmetics, led to a whole sector in cosmetic science that encourages advancements in this field. It can be overwhelming when trying to purchase cosmetics products with natural ingredients. Not only knowing which ingredients are used in a product but also the level of that ingredient to obtain optimal efficacy is important. Manufacturers are not obliged to disclosing the level of ingredients they used in products unless they are labeled OTCs and drugs. But there are some natural products with specialty ingredients that over a period of time, regardless of the amount used, will result in noticeable benefits.
Next time you go beauty shopping and you are scanning product labels for natural ingredients, here are a list of a few natural ingredients that have the potential to affect your skin in a positive way and have been proven to be effective for most.
Good for acne and aging skin. It is an anti inflammatory as well as an antioxidant. Naturally contains salicylic acid which aids in acne and helps regenerate skin cells.
Is an anti inflammatory and antioxidant that aids in skin hydration and soothing by inhibiting the enzyme break down of elastin and collagen
Is an anti inflammatory, it treats abnormal skin redness and aids in rosacea. It has also been beneficial in reducing dark under eye circle by blocking the enzyme production of melanin.
Is an anti inflammatory, helps calm and soothe skin irritation including eczema, poison ivy, and insects bite.
Loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidant. Brightens the skin, aids in skin aging by firming and smoothing through collagen synthesis.
Skin lightening. Inhibit skin overproduction of melanin skin pigment due to melasma and sun damage.
High in vitamin C and bromelain is an effective skin exfoliation and Smoothing. Bromelain enzyme helps soften the skin and synthesize collagen.