Long answer? Yes, but it works differently to synthetic skincare.
Genuinely natural skin care feeds your skin what it needs.
Genuinely natural skincare is not a miracle in a bottle.
Genuinely natural skincare will not make you look like you had cosmetic surgery.
Genuinely natural skincare will heal your skin from the outside in, and give you genuinely healthy skin.
There are many choices we make every day that affect our health. We often start by trying to make better choices about the food we eat, exercise habits and what we consume. What many of us don’t realise is that our skin is alive and absorbing what we put on it, some estimates say 60-70% on average, though others put it at a much smaller percentage.
In reality, our skin absorbs more of some ingredients and compounds than others, and it can vary a lot. It’s undeniable though that as the largest organ in our bodies (roughly 3.5kgs!!), our skin absorbs some of what we put on it, and some of this makes it into our bloodstream, and from there can be transported through our bodies. What we put on our bodies can directly affect our health, energy and well-being.
Acne, eczema, dry skin, or red itchy skin can be a sign of imbalance in our bodies, our bodies’ way of telling us that all is not well. Women put an astounding number of synthetic chemicals on and in our bodies, and our bodies are simply not designed to process them. These chemicals can act as reproductive and endocrine disruptors, negatively affecting our bodies’ hormonal balance, as toxins that our body must work harder to remove, as carcinogens, and ultimately if our health is suffering so is our skin. Synthetic chemicals can make our skin look dull, dry, irritated and inflamed and function in less than ideal ways.
There’s a lot of scientific studies into how skin works and what is best for it, but we don’t need the technical science-ese. We need simple, functional, pure and natural ways to feed and protect our skin, the same way we eat to feed and protect our bodies on the inside.
We need good old-fashioned skincare that uses the abundance of the natural world – that is the naturally occurring fatty acids in plant oils to restore health and well-being to skin. Choosing genuinely natural plant-based in care can and does have an impact on the health and physical appearance of our skin.
Let’s be real.
The right skin care products will make your skin look better than the wrong skin care.
Will it make you look like a movie star or model? No.
Why not? Because when they wake up in the morning they don’t look like that either.
Natural products don’t offer overnight miracles, they offer deep nourishment that will heal and protect your largest organ, and the long term effects of this will be healthier skin.
So how to choose the right skincare products?
The most important step in choosing the right skin care products is simple.
Unfortunately understanding what you read is not always easy. Very few products with ‘natural’ on the label are actually all natural. Very few products are labelled in a way that makes it easy to know what is in them… but it’s not rocket science and your skin will thank you for the time you spend reading labels.
A short guide to what your skin needs:
- Nutrients: vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids
- Plenty of sleep
- Plenty of water
- Good food – like plenty of leafy greens and healthy fats, and no foods that you’re intolerant or allergic too (that’s a whole other post or 5 right there).
And just like your food, your skin will like it best if these come in whole form – oils, butters, fats or herbs. Unadulterated, cold pressed, unrefined. Plants are incredible – they eat sunshine and excrete oxygen – and using plant-based skincare can make a big difference.
A short guide to what your skin does not need:
- Synthetic chemicals
- Harsh cleansers
- Being poked and picked at
- A bathroom full of expensive (empty) promises
So here’s our list of dos and don’ts for choosing natural skin care that works:
- Products that are made of herbs, plant oils and butters
- Ingredients that you actually recognise and understand
- Products that don’t contain ingredients that you’re allergic to as food (nut oils for people with nut allergies for example)
- Products that have all the ingredients clearly labelled
- Unpronounceable synthetic chemicals (some of these are proven carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and allergens)
- Surfactants (strip good oils from your skin)
- Fragrances (Manufacturers do not disclose the ingredients in these, and the headaches and nausea they cause may very well be the least of the problems they cause)
- Expensive promises that prey on our insecurities
Our skin reacts to what we put inside us and on it constantly. Natural skincare works by healing and nourishing our skin to help it get a healthy glow, rather than stripping and attacking it, and then covering it with fake glow. It works because it is the real deal.