No Preservatives Skincare: How to Treat Your Skin Naturally
How preservatives could harm your skin
Preservatives were, once-upon-a-time, the only way to maintain your products over time and no one cared to read through the ingredients list to see what preservatives were used. Now, preservatives have a slightly different song and dance to them. Parabens specifically have been stirring up some controversy in recent years. Researchers have been hard at work to uncover any links between the use of parabens and certain health issues, including breast tumors in women. Parabens have also been shown to mimic estrogen resulting in concerns about early puberty in girls.
Another common preservative is methylisothiazolinone (MI) which was granted permission to be used in products in 2005. Since then, it has become a trending result of contact allergy cases. The prevalence of allergic reactions significantly increased over the years of 2010 to 2012 and cosmetics and skin products were identified as the most common substances causing exposure to MI.
You may start to wonder why companies are still using preservatives and other synthetic ingredients at this point. Synthetic compounds and preservatives in skin care are, from a business standpoint, an extremely cost-effective way to mass produce products. Transitioning out of the use of one chemical preservative to another, more natural one, would be a long and costly process.
Benefits of treating your skin naturally
Toxins over time exhaust your skin and may diminish natural healing mechanisms. Natural products are less likely to have unwanted effects such as acne caused by the chemical preservatives in certain commercial products.
Beneficial reasons to use natural alternatives are that these products tend to be less of an allergen for most individuals. Natural products, as mentioned above, do not result in counter-effects that chemical products could. Many of the chemical preservatives in traditional skin care unfortunately age and tire your skin quicker, become irritants, or increase health issues including risks of cancer. With natural products, you get a safe and easy alternative with the same, if not better, results.
Some of the more popular natural ingredients used are neem oil, lemon, sugar, honey, vinegar, and many organic oils. A lot of the previously listed ingredients can be used in a homemade, natural cleanser, face mask, or exfoliator. Using natural products and ingredients is a great, safe alternative to caking those chemicals on your face day after day.
An All-Natural Skin Care Routine
The best way to treat your skin, whether using natural products or not, is to begin with a routine. You should tend to your skin in the morning and at night, but never be afraid to show your skin some love whenever it calls. Every day your skin is attacked by your daily activities such as your workouts, the weather, sun, makeup, or sweat.
The best way to begin your routine is to start with a cleanser. You can easily create your own organic and natural cleanser by mixing some natural oils together. Castor oil is a great base, but it ultimately dries the skin even if you are more on the oily side. Combining castor oil with another oil such as pure jojoba oil for someone with a normal skin base will make a great cleanser. Dampen your skin and massage your natural cleanser into your skin. Apply a hot towel to your face for a minute and then pat the oils away.
To exfoliate your skin after it is clean, honey is an amazing natural alternative to get the job done. Honey acts as a natural exfoliant and can quickly and powerfully remove dirt and dead skin left over from a long day. Honey has been used countless times for at home masks and exfoliators. Splash warm water on to your skin and massage the honey in. Wait a little bit and rinse.
After you have exfoliated, pat your face dry and do not forget to apply a natural moisturizer to finish your routine. Applying an ingredient like coconut oil, shea butter, or even the inner sides of an avocado peel delivers high levels of fats and vitamins to retain moisture and act as an anti-aging treatment.