A lot of people are jumping on the "green", organic or natural bandwagon when it comes to skin care. This sounds great but currently there is no regulation by the FDA or cosmetic industries around the word "natural". It is a made-up word.
Dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger, past president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery states, "The perception is that natural ingredients are more pure and kinder to the skin than something made in the lab, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you're buying natural products to avoid breakouts or allergic reactions you might be disappointed because they won't necessarily be a better option."
When it comes to natural skin products "natural " doesn't always mean better. It is an overused word that is often misunderstood.
Just so we are all on the same page. Natural just means that some part of the product came from a plant. So technically, a bubble bath that uses a small amount of bananas would be considered natural even if the ingredient is just soley used to make the product smell better.
Natural doesn't necessarily mean a product will work for your skin or that it is safe or more effective. Heck poison ivy is natural but that doesn't mean you want to rub it on your face.
So many of us get excited when we see all natural ingredients like chamomile in products. It has calming properties and is soothing to the skin. Sounds wonderful. However repeated exposure has been known to trigger a very irritating rash resulting from a ragweed allergy.
I'm not saying one type of product is better than the other. Just be mindful that all natural may not necessarily be healthier for your skin. Everyone's skin is different and unique. You have to go with what is best for you.
At the end of the day, when shopping for skin care products it's best to look for products that have been clinically tested for safety and effectiveness. It's best to focus on ingredients that work from brands you trust.
Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a skin care and wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. Nurses spend the majority of their time serving others but often put themselves on the "back burner". It is possible to be a night shift nurse and feel good and look great!
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