Are natural ingredients better for your skin?
Many people believe that natural ingredients are better for the skin but the truth is this belief has no scientific legitimacy. There are lots of natural ingredients actually bad for skin.
Lots of cosmetic companies sell products with ingredients that are not natural or contain natural ingredients that are problematic for skin. Conversely, just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t make it bad for skin.
Idea that natural ingredients are the “best” option for skin is obviously not a good advice. When formulating products for Organic-Tec Skincare, we only select natural ingredients with a proven record of being beneficial for skin and supported by scientific data. Consumers should not assume that natural product has better inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient.
Natural Ingredients That Is Bad For Skin
Many natural ingredients used in skincare products can cause significant skin sensitivities that build up over time. Some of them can also be harsh and abrasive on skin. It’s important you know what to avoid so you can take the best care of your skin.
Natural ingredient such as enzyme is one of the most commonly found allergens in skincare (such as papain- enzyme from papaya! ). Enzyme works by breaking down protein or lipids (depending on type of enzyme). When you apply enzyme on your skin, it equally breaking down components of your skin, causes allergenic reaction or rashes.
There are also trend in handmade soap, which claim to be better to skin compare to synthetic cleansing agent. This is obviously not true. Anyone experience in cosmetic science will be aware that soap natural pH is very high (pH 9 and above mostly) whereas our skin natural pH is slightly acidic (4.5-5.5). High pH not only disrupt our skin natural moisturising factor, free alkalinity (particularly true for cold saponified soap) also could cause sensitivity in particular long term use of soap product.
Fragrance and Essential Oil
All fragrance, whether synthetic or natural, causes certain degree of trouble to your skin. Essential oils in particular could be a serious problem for your skin (for example, tea tree oil, basil oil, eucalyptus oil can cause rashes; whereas citrus oil can be photo-toxic). Fragrance-free products are typically not well accepted by consumer, in Organic-Tec, we choose only allergens-free fragrance to minimize risk of allergy. However, for sensitive skin series, we opt for totally fragrance-free to eliminate even the smallest possibility that could upset your skin (Find out more about our fragrance-free ORTEA Sensia Recovery range).
What’s particularly troubling is the fact that your skin is very good at hiding (in skincare, we call this sensitization). Just because you’re using a product with problematic ingredients but not seeing any signs, it doesn’t mean it’s not taking place. It might appear after some times, when you find yourself become sensitive towards certain components. Sometime, user could be suprised because they have always use a particular product, and then one day they develop allergy. Our advise to our reader is, avoid essential oil in your daily products if you are not sure (especially leave-on products).
There are also irresponsible essential oil marketing company claiming essential oil for medicinal benefits, which is obviously not true. There is no way essential oil can replace your medical treatment, be sure to talk to your doctor if you would like to use any home remedies with essential oil.
From my perspective as a cosmetic scientist, the first priority is product safety rather than 100% natural. The take-away is, always know the product you are using and do not rely on low quality online information to judge. If you are in doubt, drop us an email or comment, and we will sourced out an answer for you.
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