Whether you’re the type who lives for the latest Hollywood beauty craze, or one who resists jumping on any kind of bandwagon, it’s safe to say that the green lifestyle trend is something everyone wouldn’t mind staying for good. More brands are highlighting the use of organic and natural ingredients, and when it comes to skin care, the labels “natural” and “organic” are fast-becoming a top requirement for those who want to go the safer, conscious route. But what exactly are the benefits of leaving your current beauty regimen in favor of a more natural skin care and beauty routine?
“Natural and organic products are a great way of avoiding the content of toxic pesticides and preservatives and a variety of chemicals that we may or may not understand,” says Alan M. Dattner, M.D., founder of HolisticDermatology.com and author of Radiant Skin from the Inside Out. “Plus, organic products are generally higher quality and produced by smaller houses with a little bit more personal care.”
Going the natural beauty route means saving your skin from being exposed to harsh chemicals that are harmful to your body and leave a significant impact on the environment. By switching to natural beauty products, you are choosing cleaner and gentler products with superior quality ingredients containing vitamins and minerals that the body recognizes and absorbs as nutrients. Much like eating a diet of non-GMO food, natural skin care and beauty products feed and nourish your skin in a way that leaves it healthier over time. The use of organic and natural ingredients means these products are less likely to cause unwanted side effects or skin damage with long-term use while still being just as potent and effective as their synthetic counterparts. And because they don’t contain artificial colors, fragrances and synthetic preservatives, your skin is also less susceptible to irritations and allergic reactions.
“People are beginning to understand the negative short- and long-term effects harsh, synthetic chemicals have on their bodies. Those who have already made the switch to natural skin care and beauty products are loving the results,” adds Dermstore’s beauty buyer for Natural and Spa categories, Ashley Vandyke.
How to Switch to a Natural Skin Care Routine
Making the big jump to a natural skin care routine can prove to be overwhelming with all the different choices, so here’s our top recommendations on what you should switch out first!