It’s no big secret anymore. When you use beauty and wellness products made with toxic ingredients, it can be harmful to your body and the environment. On top of that, using chemical-heavy products every day at home can expose your little ones or furry friends to them as well. Using products made with the most simple and natural ingredients possible definitely emit fewer chemicals into the air and water. But they also provide delightful benefits for your skin. Here are some of the awesome (and even surprising) benefits of using natural beauty products.
Powerful results with less irritation.
Some people don’t fully trust in the efficacy of products using purely natural ingredients. However, achieving healthy skin is often MORE attainable when you rid your routine of harsh chemical irritants. That’s because harsh chemicals, colors, and fillers in unnatural products can cause painful irritation, redness of the skin, or even breakouts.
That’s why many natural products actually work better than their unnatural counterparts because they don’t carry all of the unnecessary irritants, fragrances, and chemical ingredients.
And while some might products may feel like they work better right off the bat, with ongoing usage, those unnecessary additives and irritants are actually going to cause damage. Products with natural ingredients are going to work with your skin to help it rather than working against it.
If you’re new to the natural beauty scene, these are some powerful ingredients to look for!
- Cocoa Butter: helps moisturize and prevent chapped skin and lips, and even offers anti-aging benefits.
- Coconut Oil: offers antibacterial and antifungal properties and acts as an excellent natural moisturizer
- Lavender Essential Oil: has been found to help acne, and aid in wound healing.
- Shea Butter: has incredible moisturizing, smoothing and even anti-inflammatory benefits
- Tea Tree Oil: used a natural alternative for treating acne
- Zinc Oxide: often used as a non-toxic and natural sunscreen
Less potential for serious side effects.
Unnatural beauty products often contain hormone-disrupting chemicals like phthalates and parabens which have been linked to multiple health issues. For women who are expecting or trying to conceive, these are particularly worrisome ingredients. They have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, premature birth, miscarriage, breast cancer and sadly, much more.
Parabens get used in conventional products because they provide preservative benefits which help extend the shelf life of your favorite items. The scary thing is, these synthetics often mimic your hormones which can have some serious side effects –– many of which are not fully known and are still being researched.
No more harsh fragrance headaches.
Many conventional beauty products with strong fragrances are designed that way to mask the smell of the toxic ingredients being used. The buildup of chemicals and aromas can cause persistent headaches. When you use products made with natural ingredients, you can expect them to smell like the ingredients they use. Plus, some products that use essential oils even provide additional aromatherapy benefits such as relaxation, tension relief, increased focus, and more depending on the oil.