Natural beauty products are growing in popularity. This is probably due to the notion of them being chemical free and often times coming from an organic source. Supermodels, beauty stars, Hollywood celebs are in love with these “all natural beauty products.” The notion of being chemical-free attracts a lot of people because it is safer, effective and as the name suggests, natural. In addition, something in the word “natural” makes its appearance in any product name a little more magical, as it is perfectly safe to use, but is that always really the case?
Reasons Why Natural Beauty Products are Popular
One of the reasons why natural beauty products are popular is because they are chemical free. Many chemicals can be harmful to the human body; therefore, people are looking for natural alternatives. Ideally these alternatives don’t contain any artificial chemicals that can be harmful to us, in fact, there are studies that revealed certain chemical cosmetics could lead to cancer. Though the Natural Products Association maintains cosmetic products and is the one responsible for keeping the quality and authenticity of chemical cosmetics, there are still dangerous products that managed to get out to the market. Further, when one cosmetic product was carefully studied, there are some cases where the study would find that a certain ingredient could cause harm. Those are the reasons why natural beauty products are very popular.
Some examples of natural beauty products are coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, avocado, Shea butter, liquid carrier oil, arrowroot powder and aloe Vera.
Are Natural Beauty Products Really Safe?
If you are buying natural products, make sure that you read the labels carefully. Some of them might not be very suitable for you, and might cause allergies. There are also some fake natural beauty products out there, claiming that they are all-natural but they really aren’t. Take precaution to those products that contain paraben (used as preservatives), petrochemicals (often found in skin creams and foundations), mercury (mostly found in mascaras and eye drops), lead in lipsticks, dioxane found in shampoos and deodorants and phthalates in nail polishes and hair sprays.
Allergies – Beware
Natural products come from natural plants and oils and always remember that some plants can make us allergenic. There is a study in the British Journal of Dermatology that revealed the most popular ingredients that cause allergies are tea tree oil, feverfew, lavender, and jasmine. There is a trick to know if the beauty product is all-natural, it is called the sniff test. “If a product says it contains natural strawberries but smells like imitation strawberry-flavored candy, then it may not be as natural as you think,” says Schlessinger, past president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery.