Natural Skin Care without Synthetic Ingredients

One of the many big debates that is at the forefront of our society today is if products with organic ingredients are better than those with synthetic ingredients. This debate particularly extends to skin care products. It is very easy to become lost in the enormous number of studies and reports published, and to be drawn in by the loose promises of value and results that are made by cosmetics companies. So which is best -- natural or synthetic?

Many prefer organic, but is organic really any better? Huge firms nowadays will quite happily spend millions of dollars researching and selling their products. Although they may claim to be doing it to help you personally, you would have to be very naïve to believe this. Companies have the sole intent of making money, with staff working around the clock to achieve it.

Advertising uses the old trick of overly scientific words to confuse consumers and convince them that because it is technical, it must be good. They have their products endorsed by self-proclaimed experts in the field. What comes out at the end of all this work put in by companies is an expensive cream, gel, shampoo, moisturizer, exfoliant or other cosmetic that tells you it is the best you can buy, all acting naturally.

Claims are, more often than not, too good to be true. Should you believe these claims? It entirely depends on where you stand on the issue of natural versus synthetic, and how much trust and good experiences you have with these products. However, there is one extremely important fact that you need to be aware of. There are no legally defined guidelines on the use or definition of the term "natural." The term "natural" is a very loose word, which means that manufacturers and marketers are free to use the word however they like, even if their product or the way it is manufactured is not "natural" at all.

It may well be true that the product you are rubbing into your face contains aloe or endless vitamins, but what they cleverly fail to tell you is that the way these have been put into the lotion is by sucking them out the plant using giant machines in a factory somewhere. And when the so-called "natural products" are extracted, they also fail to mention that they’re often combined with something synthetic like preservatives to give them a longer shelf life.

However, even if the product was totally organic, this could still leave problems. With some people, there is a big risk of having a severe allergic reaction, so putting plant extracts on your skin, even if it doesn’t cause a major attack, may lead to irritation of the skin.

It is better to worry about eating natural produce rather than putting natural ingredients on your skin; a good diet will benefit your skin more anyway. Search for a cosmetics range that you have faith in and that works in harmony with your skin, and stick with it. This is the best way to get happy skin.