When organic cosmetics appeared in stores a few years ago, and their popularity grew rapidly, there were many voices arguing that it was only a temporary trend. It turns out, however, that the fashion for natural cosmetics does not go away, and for many of us their use has become completely natural and we no longer imagine daily care without them. What influences the ever-growing interest in natural cosmetics? Why use them?
5 reasons why you should use natural cosmetics
Why use natural cosmetics? 5 key reasons
1. Safe and skin-friendly ingredients
One of the most important assumptions of natural cosmetics is the use of ingredients that are not harmful to human skin. This is important because conventional cosmetics commonly use ingredients that can clog the pores of the skin, breach its natural lipid barrier, puff up, cause rashes and redness.
Many of them also affect normal skin function and our endocrine system and are carcinogenic. Substances considered harmful include parabens, SLS, Glycols, PEG-i, mineral oils. Read more about them in an article on how to read cosmetics. In certified organic, organic and natural cosmetics there are no such substances. Therefore, by reaching for natural cosmetics you avoid using dangerous ingredients that can have a harmful effect not only on your skin but also your health.
2. Lower risk of skin irritation and allergies
Although natural cosmetics are not always hypoallergenic, their use is still associated with a lower risk of allergies and irritations than the use of drugstore cosmetics. This is because natural cosmetics contain fewer chemicals, often harmful to the skin, which can irritate the skin’s natural protective barrier, cause rashes, redness, itching, or burning.
Natural cosmetics are skin-friendly due to the use of mild and natural cleansers, emulsifiers, fragrances. Of course they can irritate because they often contain a lot of different plant extracts and essential oils, which can have an allergenic effect. However, if you know which ingredients your skin is intolerant of, you can easily skip them, because natural cosmetics have simple and legible compositions.
3. Simple compositions and formulas
This is another reason to reach for natural cosmetics. Instead of a long list of ingredients, many natural cosmetics contain only 4-5 of them. And that’s enough to make the cosmetic effective and work well for the skin or hair. Even if there are more ingredients, deciphering their names shouldn’t be a problem. What you find in most of them are vegetable oils, plant extracts, essential oils, proteins, humectants, clays, etc. You can read about what names they are under and how to learn how to read organic cosmetics in this article.
4. Respect for the environment and animals
Another important assumption of natural cosmetics, besides the use of skin-safe ingredients, is respect for the environment. What does this mean in practice? Packaging of natural cosmetics is made from recycled materials and recyclable. The ingredients from which cosmetics are made are sourced in an environmentally friendly manner, under natural growth conditions, without unnecessary interference by humans and machines.
On special crops that are used for the production of cosmetics, no chemical plant protection products shall be used, the soil shall be slaughtered in a natural manner, without the use of toxic ingredients that seep into the ground water and their fumes in the air. They also often rely on hand-made cosmetics, in limited quantities, that go directly to the customer, rather than having to wait several months in a warehouse to then end up in a landfill. It is also important that natural cosmetics are animal – friendly-they are not tested on animals and, in most cases, ingredients of animal origin are not used in their production.
5. Universality of use
Only in a few cases are natural cosmetics divided into those that are only for women or only for men. Often these are simply cosmetics that can be used by the whole family. A great example is Sylveco cosmetics and the basic line of this brand. Birch cream with betulin, light birch cream, herbal mouthwash, body wash gel, hair shampoo – these are universal cosmetics that can be used for any type of skin, both female and male.
The versatility of application also applies to the most popular products of natural cosmetics, namely vegetable oils. Coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or argan oil can be used to care for the whole body, face, hair. They are great for moisturizing the body, for bathing, for soothing irritations, as components of home cosmetics, etc. And can be used to care for any type of skin, including sensitive skin. They are also excellent in the care of infants and young children. I also cannot omit shea butter (and other vegetable butters), clays and hydrolates when mentioning all-purpose natural cosmetics.