It is not easy to put the best face forward nowadays because of the high rate of pollutants floating around in the air and the contaminated water that is available for individuals to drink because of alarming pollution-causing practices and the illiteracy of people about the harmful effects of such practices on the environment and the population as a whole.
These conditions have given rise to skin care products which are chemically-infused to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the polluted environment, but what about the effects of these chemically-infused cosmetics?
No one thinks much about these cosmetics and the fact that they are more harmful than the environment itself.
Why Check What to Apply?
It is crucial to know what is to be applied on the skin because just like we see what we eat, we should also know what to feed our skin for the proper nutrition and health. Not all chemicals are bad for the skin and not all natural products are good for the body, but studies have shown that natural products when compared with chemical cosmetics, show a better and healthier result.
What we put on the skin is absorbed into the body and the negative consequences of which are endless. The skin is the largest organ of the body, the fifth sense (touch) and is the body’s interface with the external world. Individuals who use chemical makeup products on their skin on a daily basis are absorbing way too much of chemicals, which has led to negative side effects, such as:
- Skin and eye irritations
- Respiratory stress
- Hormonal disruptions
- Weakness of the immune system
- Skin cancer
These products penetrate the upper layer of the skin, dermis, to further enter the bloodstream of the individual, from where it is carried to all the organs and parts of the body.
Due to serious health concerns, individuals are shifting towards products with natural ingredients and antioxidants that are already proven to be beneficial for the skin.
Options like mineral makeup, African shea butter and many more:
Mineral makeup consists of elements which are natural in nature as they are extracted from the Earth and do not contain synthetics or fillers, can make perfect, lightweight face powders, eye-shadows or blush.
It contains fewer chemicals than regular makeup, with certain ingredients like zinc oxide, a very calming and soothing ingredient for the skin.
Such cosmetics are recommended for individuals suffering from skin sensitivities and conditions like allergies & infections. If the skin is acne-prone, mineral makeup is the best product to keep it gentle and avoid blocking the pores of the skin. It allows the skin to breathe and stays on longer than chemical cosmetics.
Raw African Shea Butter is one other product which is an all-natural product extracted from the African Shea tree and used by individuals all around the world. Shea butter has multiple benefits on the skin which includes the following:
- Moisturizing- it is concentrated with natural minerals and vitamins which nourishes and moisturizes the skin.
- Reduces inflammation- lupeol cinnamate, found in shea butter, reduces inflammation and also helps to avoid skin mutation.
- Skin smoothing- it aids in the natural collagen formation which prevents drying and softens the skin on regular use.
There are various uses of Shea butter and some of them are as follows:
- Natural moisturizer for skin and hair
- Wards off stretch marks
- Eye-wrinkle remover
- Massage butter
- SPF 6 skin lotion
- Homemade lip balms
- Natural cuticle cream
- Removes skin elasticity
- Baby care product
- Sunscreen and replenishes the skin
Why be Careful?
All cosmetic brands claim to provide many benefits and skin conditions which sounds too good to be true. These claims come with so many terms and conditions which makes the buyer skeptical about the product and the brand.
In such cases, natural skin care products not only attracts the consumers with natural claims like no skin drying or wrinkle remover, but also allows them to understand the benefit of natural ingredients over chemical ones.
It is too common to hear about chemicals that reacts with the skin. Even some of those chemicals are in the cosmetic ingredient list because of their powerful temporary results and the long term negative consequences are overlooked.
All skin types are different and it is not easy to find a single product which caters to all skin types. Then why do cosmetic brands claim to cater to all skin types in their commercials?
This fact can solely explain how they try to manipulate their consumers into buying their products, even though they know that some might have mild results, some get what is claimed while some might face severe side effects.
Always choose wise and avoid products which might happen the health in the long run.
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