There is a vast amount of information available about the differences between conventional and natural skincare, making it seem like there's little left to add. However, if you're still a bit perplexed about why there's so much excitement surrounding natural skincare, let's delve into it further.
First, let's quickly review conventional skincare.
Manufacturers of conventional cosmetics typically operate under the principle of innocence, meaning that any cosmetic ingredient not explicitly prohibited is allowed. This approach persists even when there is substantial scientific evidence pointing to the negative impact of common cosmetic ingredients on both the skin and the environment. Unfortunately, it can take years before these questionable substances are officially banned in the beauty industry. Another reason for the continued use of synthetic ingredients is their widespread availability and cost-effectiveness.
Now, let's explore the world of Natural and Organic skincare.
Natural and organic cosmetic brands operate on a different principle. They prohibit any cosmetic ingredient that does not meet the standards set by Natural/Organic certifiers like COSMOS. To put it simply, any cosmetic ingredient that shows potential risks to human skin or the environment is not permitted in natural skincare, unless it has been proven to be safe.
It's important to understand that natural skincare also has its limitations. Here's what you should not expect from natural skincare:
Absence of allergic reactions: If you are prone to allergic reactions, using natural skincare doesn't guarantee that you won't experience one. Be cautious of potential allergens, such as those found in essential oils.
Instant miraculous results: Just like any other beauty products, if you don't choose natural skincare products that are suited to your skin type and needs, they may not be effective. There's no magic wand in skincare!
Consistent texture: You might need to try several natural skincare products before finding the one with the right texture for your skin.
In conclusion, while natural skincare offers a more stringent approach to ingredient selection, it's essential to have realistic expectations and understand that it may not be a one-size-fits-all solution.