3 Reasons Why To Use Natural Ingredients
Whether it’s about food or skincare, you’ve probably heard us mention that benefits of using natural products go beyond what you might expect. In this article, we’ve narrowed it down to 3 good reasons why you should use natural ingredients in your skincare.
1. Little chance of toxicity
With harsh chemicals and fragrances being absent, skincare products with natural ingredients are highly unlikely to generate toxic reactions in the body like migraines, sinus issues or skin irritations. Natural ingredients like essential oils derive directly from nature - through a process of distillation, of course - and are free of additional harmful chemicals.
Caution: Although essential oils are natural, remember that they should never be ingested and when used topically, they should always be blended with a carrier oil or diluted in a soluble solution. On their own, they are simply too harsh on the skin.
2. Kinder to the environment
This one is a tricky one to answer, but still relevant. It’s true that while a product is labelled as ‘natural’, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been produced with unethical or environmentally harmful methods. When you're interested in adopting more conscious consumption patterns, it’s important that you also look for evidence of sustainable and ethical methods of production.
Nevertheless, when natural ingredients are sourced ethically and sustainably, the impact on the environment is much smaller in a bunch of different senses: harsh chemicals aren’t released into the air or waters, waste production is reduced by compostable, recyclable or reusable packaging, and natural resources are not exploited in the manufacturing process.
3. Safer to use
We’re not going to make a claim that natural ingredients are simply better than synthetic ones - there are plenty of natural ingredients that aren’t safe to use on their own, and synthetic ones that are equally as healthy to use on the body. However, since anything you use topically gets absorbed into your bloodstream and vital organs, natural ingredients are safer to use than products with nasties and chemicals.
Before you go on, here’s a little disclaimer.
We are not claiming that all natural products are safe and beneficial to your health and wellbeing, or that they are 100% natural, or that they are generally better than synthetic materials. There is an ongoing important debate about the terms used to label clean products - it’s true that today, companies are free to define terms like ‘natural’, ‘green’ and ‘safe’. At OLEU LIFE, we refer to natural products as being free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and other nasty chemicals.
We want to be transparent about the ingredients in our products. In some of our products, it is necessary to use natural or synthetic preservatives for safety and preventative purposes. For example, in some of our water-based formulated products, we use synthetic preservatives to prevent the production of bacteria and mould. Another reason why the use of synthetic preservatives is necessary is due to their ability to stabilize the product according to packaging and temperature conditions. To conclude, it is for these reasons that synthetic preservatives are used - they allow a the creation and usability a natural product without compromising on its quality, safety or health benefits.