How to go natural with skin care safely

How to go natural with skin care safely

by Vanessa Ng 02 Jan 2020

Being aware and conscious of the ingredients that go into your skincare products can go a long way. Knowing what you are actually applying on your face on a daily basis is important. As the largest human organ, the skin is a good reflection of what goes on within your body and a certain type of breakout at certain areas can signal specific issues.


Organic and natural ingredients have been raved by beauty fanatics incessantly and it does seem to make absolute sense to favour natural ingredients over synthetic ones for your delicate skin. However, this is largely considered to be a misconception spread by the media. The truth is that many ingredients, natural or otherwise, can be harmful when used in large quantities. Organic products may be good for consumption, but that does not always translate into a good skin care routine.


In fact, government officials and beauty industry representatives have explained that there is no conclusive evidence to prove that plant-based skin care cosmetics are safer or healthier. A company may choose to not use natural ingredients due to the high costs of production when it comes to ensuring that the contents stay blended and preserved without the use of chemicals to keep them free from bacteria. This however, doesn’t necessarily form an indicator of product efficiency.


Chemicals may not sound like the best thing to be placing on your skin. However, it is important to note that even fruits and vegetables have naturally occurring toxins. For instance, peach pits actually contain cyanide, and oranges have methanol. At the end of the day, toxicity is largely dose-dependent.


Consumers should also bear in mind the marketing aspect of skin care products involving labels can be deceiving. By having just a few natural ingredients, a product which is otherwise filled with synthetic fillers, fragrances and dyes can be labelled as one that "contains natural ingredients". Also, the presence of natural ingredients does not exclude the possibility that processing involved some use of synthetic chemicals.


In short, the product’s integrity depends on whether its ingredients concentration and effectiveness are backed by trusted clinical studies and third-party clinical tests, not from your own perception of what may be the best for your skin. Read up on the ingredients used by your favourite skin care brands as well as other reputable brands before trying them out and committing to it. Going by first-hand reviews is also a good way to go, but make sure that they’re not sponsored posts to begin with!