Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Clean beauty has become popular in the past few years as many people are transitioning from buying their skincare from big-name brands to smaller businesses where products are usually made by hand with little to no parabens or harsh ingredients. This transition has set up a HUGE market for those marketing their products as "all-natural, clean, preservative-free, and/or organic." These phrases have people clamoring to get their hands on as many natural based products as they can. However, the question is: Are natural products always better?
Now I know a few people are probably reading this and thinking how am I selling natural products and now questioning if they are better than store brands, but hear me out. The question was not if they were better, but rather if they are always better. The thing is skin products are not a one size fits all. What works miraculously for someone might destroy someone else's skin. For example, if I used my "Replenish" oil that is for dry skin instead of my "Regenerate" oil that is for normal to combination skin, I'm pretty sure my skin would be pretty angry at me since I do not have dry skin and would be using something that is too heavy for my face. The same goes for something like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Gel. It has 4.5/5 stars on the internet and people have written raving reviews about it, so me being who I was in 2018, I bought it and used it all over my face without patch testing it! I seriously thought that I would wake up looking like a supermodel, but instead, I woke up with a rash on my face that wouldn't leave for a week. Furthermore, I know some people swear by the Zoxema deep cleansing cream and have glass-like skin because of it, but I used it some years ago and my face was so angry and red that I had to return it. So you see my point right, one size definitely does NOT fit all for. skincare.
I always tell people when they ask me about skincare to test things out and see if it works for them. I would never tell anyone that they should throw out all their old products and opt for all-natural ones because the truth is that may not work for them. An esthetician once told me that she uses 70% natural products and 30% other products because that is what works for her and most of her clients. While I have seen some amazing transformations with people using all-natural oils and cleansers, there are some people that may need to use topical tretinoin cream or get a chemical peel because that's simply what works for them.
The truth is, everything that we use is a chemical or is made up of a chemical component. Even something as simple as water is on the periodic table as an element and that is usually the main ingredient in most serums or lotions whether they claim to be natural or not. The same thing goes for the sugar and salt that are in most scrubs, while they are considered natural, they have chemical components.
I am saying all this to say that you should be encouraged to try new things, but know that you might not have the same results as someone else. If you like natural products then use them, if you're scared to try them start off with something simple like a face mask or scrub, and if you have found that your normal store-brand routine works for you then that's great too! Just know that it is important to know what ingredients are in your products as well as their purpose. Always patch test new products first and read the ingredient labels! If you don't know what something is, look it up! To patch test a new product, apply a small amount to a small piece of skin, some people do it in the crook of their arm, but I like to patch test my products on the part of my face that is closest to my ear, or on the skin behind my ear. After applying a small amount of product leave it on your skin for about 20-30 mins and then rinse wait 24-48 hours and if there is no irritation, burning, rash, or lingering redness then you can continue using the product on your face.
To conclude, I am going to put a simple answer to the question that was asked. Is natural always better? The answer is it depends on you!
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