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Natural Skincare Ingredients

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

Look for transparency on the label.  Also look closely at the ingredients. A label can say ‘natural’ and contain only 1% natural ingredients.  The same applies to organic ingredients.  If buying organic then if it is certified you are definitely safe – so look for a certification logo. https://beyondorganicskincare.com/organic-certification/ There are some products that are…

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. An apple, or carrot is natural and has not been man-made or synthesized. However, in the growing process it may have been sprayed with chemicals to keep off bugs and fed with chemical fertilisers to…

Are chemicals really bad for my skin?

Not all chemicals, no.  Remember everything has a chemical structure including an apple.  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…

Why is natural skincare getting so popular?

There has been an alarming increase of people with skin sensitivities, dermatitis and eczema.  This has led dermatologists to recommend products without harsh preservatives and strong perfumes.  Avoiding products with synthetic chemicals in can benefit the skin and the health and the planet.  Also they are being advised to use products without paraffin or mineral…

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 term naturally derived and nature identical.  These terms have created…

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.  So either look for organic certification, honesty in the labels (we always label our products with the percentage of organic ingredients and…

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

Good natural skincare products provide your skin with anti-oxidants, Vitamins, 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 naturally in plants (referred to as phytochemicals) have been used since Egyptian…

Which ingredients are best?

There are many excellent natural ingredients for the skin.  It depends upon your skin type and age as to what is best for you. Ingredients that are high in anti-oxidants and vitamins are great for your skin, These include a lot of foods you would eat, such as avocadoes, macadamia nut oil.  They also include…

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 and synthetic chemicals and perfumes.  However, beware; there are many products labelled as natural which contain non-natural ingredients.  Read the ingredients list.  Unfortunately there is no legislation in Europe, UK or USA at present preventing manufacturers…

Are natural ingredients better for my skin?

We certainly think so!  It’s a bit like the difference between feeding yourself a processed ready-meal or cooking a healthy meal of fish and vegetables. 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…