Because of the Internet, natural skin care shopping has never been easier. All the research you need to do can be accomplished in the comfort of your home, browsing some websites. Then, when you are ready, buying world class products is only a click away.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that there’s so much information out there it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Think of me as your guide that helps make things a bit easier for you to understand so you can make a smart decision.
First, it’s important to remember that bigger brand names do not always mean you are getting a better product for your skin. I know it’s alluring to see a celebrity or actress with flawless skin endorsing a product. But those people typically had beautiful skin all their lives….and there’s a good chance they don’t even use the product they lend their name to.
Companies approach these people and structure a deal to use their name and image to sell the products. Unfortunately, a lot of people who are natural skin care shopping fall for these tactics and pay inflated prices for substandard products.
Personally, I’m not really interested if someone famous is saying the products are good. I’m much more concerned what is actually contained in the products and if there is real clinical evidence that the ingredients can help improve your appearance with consistent application.
I’m also just as concerned if there are ingredients in the product that can harm the health of the skin. Why would a company put in ingredients that actually worsen your appearance over time? It seems ridiculous. But many do.
One reason is because they need to make sure the products have a long shelf life. A longer shelf life ultimately means more profits for the company because there is less waste. However, many of these preservatives that give skin care products a long shelf live are also known carcinogens (cancer causing agents!)
Another thing to be aware of is that most skin care products, even so-called natural ones, contain oils in them. Oils themselves are not bad because some truly nourish the skin without clogging the pores. But, some are terrible for the skin, and do plug up the pores, and also strip away your skin’s natural moisture.
Again, the culprit is cost. Some of these oils, like the notorious mineral oil, are cheap….and are absolutely terrible for you. Although, ironically, they may make your skin feel more moist and better in the very short term when you apply it.