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Natural Skincare Ingredients

Labelling is confusing – how do I choose a good brand?

Look for transparency on the label by checking the ingredients. A label can use the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ but contain as little as 1% natural or organic ingredients! Therefore looking for a % of natural and organic ingredients is helpful. If buying organic, look for a certification logo. There are several different companies able…

Organic versus natural; what is the difference?

This is a question we get asked a lot – so we thought we would give you our simplest answer: Apples are natural. They have not been man-made or synthesised. However, in the growing process they may have been sprayed with chemicals to prevent diseases, or fed with chemical fertilisers to increase yields. An organic apple…

Are chemicals really bad for my skin?

Not all chemicals, no.  Remember everything has a chemical structure!  We recommend avoiding as many synthetic chemicals as possible – that is man-made chemicals.  You really don’t need them when there are so many brilliantly performing natural alternatives. If you are pregnant you need to be extra cautious.  This extract may be of interest: Scientists…

Why is natural skincare getting so popular?

There has been an alarming increase of people with skin sensitivities, dermatitis and conditions like eczema which has led dermatologists to recommend products without harsh preservatives and strong perfumes. Natural and organic skincare products usually contain gentle preservatives and often avoid perfumes all together. Avoiding products containing synthetic chemicals can benefit the skin, the health and the…

What does ‘naturally derived’ and ‘nature identical’ mean?

In the UK & Europe and USA (in fact in most of the world) the word ‘natural’ is not regulated so we see it being used on many different items, meaning many different things, making many different claims.  This can also be said for the terms ‘naturally derived’ and ‘nature identical’. Naturally derived means an ingredient…

How do I tell if a product is natural?

Unfortunately there is no legislation currently that prevents manufacturers from labelling their product ‘natural’ even if it only has a minimal amount of natural ingredients and the remaining ingredients are far from natural. Therefore the names of products alone, or the word ‘natural’ on the label are not the best ways to tell. Instead, look…

I would like to go natural but will I be missing out on the science?

No – good natural skincare products provide your skin with amazing nutrition and contain anti-oxidants, vitamins, polyphenols and flavonoids in abundance – probably far more than their non-natural counterparts! Plant ingredients provide our skin with vital antioxidants and hydration and can be a potent weapon against anti-ageing. The chemical constituents that are found naturally in…

Which ingredients are best?

It really depends upon your skin type, condition and age as to what is best for you – there are so many excellent natural ingredients for the skin! Ingredients that are high in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols are great for your skin. These include many oils pressed from many of the nutritious foods you would…

My skin is sensitive – should I be using natural ingredients?

Yes, you are less likely to have a reaction to natural products, as they do not contain harsh preservatives, synthetic chemicals or perfumes.  However, beware; there are many products labelled as natural which contain non-natural ingredients.  Unfortunately there is no legislation in Europe, UK or USA at present preventing manufacturers from putting ‘Natural’ on the…

Are natural ingredients better for my skin?

We certainly think so!  It’s a bit like the difference between feeding yourself a highly processed ready-meal or cooking a healthy meal from fresh ingredients. Your skin ‘recognises’ natural ingredients and absorbs them more willingly.  Also, you are far less likely to get sensitivity issues and skin reactions.  The synthetic chemicals, perfumes and harsh preservatives…

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