Why Buy Natural Skin Care Products – A Comparative Understanding

With bursts of dermatologists, beauty influencers on social media, we are bound to be overwhelmed on what to use and not to use. How many products, what percentage and how!

With brands mall advertising their products, celebrities launching their skin care product lines, it becomes difficult to choose right product in chaos of claimed benefits. And frankly, it is lot to handle at times for anyone whose life is full of hustle- bustle. At the end, we fall in traps of fancy chemical laden products and keep trying new ones. That does us more harm on long term than short term effect.

 

What we want is, to get gradual and sustained results and follow the skin care regime in peace, with patience and trust.

 

 If you ask us, home-remedies are the best but we also understand that it is not a cup of tea for everyone. However, investing in pocket-friendly yet effective natural skincare routine that combines the ancient Indian rituals from Ayurveda and techniques of modern science from sustainable beauty care brands, can lead to lasting, glowing, and supple skin.

 

Indian history details our queens as knowledgeable and beautiful! They knew numerous herbs to treat all the concurrent issues we face – Acne, Pigmentation, oily or flaky skin, moisturisers, fine lines, dandruff, hair boosting actives and what not! The right recipe to it is using natural ingredients to nourish and protect the skin, as well as internal health practices like meditation, proper nutrition, and exercise.

 

This also suggests that we ought to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can strip away the skin's natural oils and cause irritations. A simple understanding of what chemical laden product vs natural product does to our skin, us and environment.

 

Details

Synthetic Skin Care Products

Natural & Organic Products

What is the secret sauce?

Chemicals that are clinically tested, combined with actives and additives to keep them stable.

Parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances are added that may be harsh on the skin and potentially cause irritation or allergic reactions.

 

Natural ingredients should also be patch- tested for skin but what is important that plant extracts and oils, are often rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

A balanced concoction & small batch production leads to higher stability without any additives.

 

For example, ingredients like tea tree oil and witch hazel have antimicrobial properties that can help combat acne-causing bacteria. Aloe-vera and chamomile have soothing properties that can calm irritated or inflamed skin.

 

How long does the effect lasts?

Chemical treatments like peels are of course natural ingredient concentrate like lactic acid peel or mango peels, but they give temporary shine and instant results.

Effects are often short-lived.

Natural skincare, rooted in ancient principles and supported by scientific research, offers lasting benefits. Ingredients like saffron, rose, and honey possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that rejuvenate the skin at a cellular level, leading to sustained radiance and a youthful glow.

 

 

 

 

How true are brands in their claims?

We shouldn’t be talking about tall claims and green-washing here.

 

Ayurveda based and have thousands of years of knowledge and practice.

Why are we addicted to certain formulation?

Many chemical laden beauty products increases skin sensitivity and rips skin of its natural oils leading to dryness or excessively moisturize.

Natural skin care routine maintains skin hydration and support a healthy skin barrier function with its key ingredients.

Quality vs Quantity

Mass production, high quality standards and extremely expensive on pockets.

The economical brands we are aware of are often laden with chemicals that are full of toxic substances and extremely harmful for skin on continual long term usage.

Sustainable & natural beauty care brands keep value of quality very high. They often prefer small batch production, ensuring meticulous attention to detail and maintaining the integrity of the ingredients.

 

Their commitment to sustainability not only benefits the planet but also ensures that the skincare products you use are carefully crafted for optimal efficacy.

 

Do you care about animals and environment?

Synthetic skincare products are sometimes associated with animal testing or the use of ingredients derived from animals. 

For those who value cruelty-free and vegan skincare options, natural products may align more closely with their ethical principles.

 

Harmony with the Environment

Synthetic beauty products often contain ingredients derived from non-renewable resources and may require extensive processing and manufacturing, which can have a negative impact on the environment.

Natural beauty products, particularly those labeled as organic or sustainably sourced, are often produced using environmentally friendly practices and renewable resources, reducing the carbon footprint.

 

 

Coming now to important aspect, what to buy?

 

By now, we know what every ingredient does and how does it help us (thanks to Instagram) but here’s list of things we summated that will be helpful for you to decide.

 

 

 It's important to note that individual results may vary, and not all natural ingredients are suitable for every skin type. It's recommended to choose products based on your specific skin concerns, consult with a dermatologist if needed, and patch-test new products to ensure compatibility with your skin.

 

 

Ingredients

What it does & side- effects, if any

Natural products containing the actives

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

(AHAs)

Glycolic acid and lactic acid, are exfoliating agents that help remove dead skin cells, promote cell turnover, and improve skin texture and tone.

 

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)

Salicylic acid is a BHA commonly used in skincare products targeting acne. It helps unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and treat acne-prone skin.

 

 

Retinoids

Retinoids, including retinol and retinoic acid, are derivatives of vitamin A. They are known for their anti-aging properties, promoting collagen production, reducing wrinkles, and improving skin texture.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that attracts and retains moisture in the skin, providing hydration, plumpness, and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Peptides

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that can stimulate collagen production, improve skin elasticity, and reduce the signs of aging.

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea extract help protect the skin from free radicals, reduce oxidative stress, and provide anti-aging benefits.

 

Emollients

Shea butter, ceramides, and oils like jojoba oil or Argan oil, are used to moisturize and soften the skin, creating a protective barrier and preventing moisture loss.

 

 

Sunscreen Agents

Sunscreen ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide protection against harmful UV rays by reflecting or absorbing them, reducing the risk of sunburn and skin damage.

Raspberry Seed Oil, Moringa Oil, Zinc Oxide provides good sun protection. In combination with other ingredients, a sunscreen  can be used for daily wear.  It works to hydrate and has an extreme matte finish which absorbs instantly .

Many nutritionists also suggest to be on regular diet of papaya, pomegranate and pineapple as they prepare your skin to have natural protection against the sun rays.

Fragrances

Fragrances are used to add pleasant scents to skincare products. However, synthetic fragrances can sometimes cause skin irritation or allergies in sensitive individuals.

Fragrances from the key ingredients. No added fragrance.

Preservatives

Preservatives like parabens, phenoxyethanol, or benzyl alcohol are added to prevent the growth of bacteria, mould, and fungi in skincare products, ensuring their safety and extending their shelf life.

None!

 

 

Ayurveda has been around for centuries and is known for its holistic approach to skincare. It focussed on taking care of our bodies from the inside out, our skin will follow suit. Remember, beauty that stems from nourishing and cherishing our skin lasts a lifetime.

We also want to add that no topical application alone will help you get desired results from what your skin actually requires. "You are what you eat" , and therefore, nourishing your skin from the inside out is equally vital. A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and hydration can amplify the benefits of your skincare routine. Embrace a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, adequate hydration and natural staples to ensure your skin radiates health from within.

Switch from convenience to authenticity and embrace a natural skin care to reconnect with nature and prioritise your well-being.  Trust us, your journey will be extremely rewarding – your skin will thank you, and the planet will too.