Considering making some swaps in favor of more natural and organic skin care products? You’ve come to the right place. But before you do, it doesn’t hurt to know the facts and myths surrounding this burgeoning beauty category. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you feel about making this important decision.
Why Buy Natural Skin Care Products?
“Natural and organic beauty 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 the book 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,” he adds.
However, a lot of people make the switch to these products thinking they won’t cause skin irritation or result in negative reactions and that’s just not the case. Depending on your skin’s individualized biochemistry, Dr. Dattner recommends trying out any new product on a small area of skin and letting it sit for a few hours before determining if there’s any hypersensitivity reaction. “Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s non-irritating,” he says. “Poison ivy is natural, but certainly not non-irritating,” he notes.
When it comes to natural and organic skin care, there is a wide range of available ingredients, so most of your selection process will come down to your specific needs. Some of the most common ingredients, though, are antioxidants. “Vitamin A precursors, the carotenoids, are crucial to skin growth and differentiation as vitamin A and important in free radical quenching,” says Dr. Dattner. “Vitamin C and bioflavonoids also protect against free radical damage,” he adds. Like most dermatologists, he also recommends finding products that have a zinc-based sunscreen. And if you don’t know where to start, talk with your dermatologist about your specific skin concerns.
But don’t just limit your skin care regimen to the cosmetics aisle. Be sure to fill your plate with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. “Green leafy vegetables have magnesium and if grown in well-cared-for soil, a wide variety of organically bound minerals,” says Dr. Dattner. “For example, zinc present in vegetables participates in over 200 enzymes in the body, many of which involve the skin,” he says.
Natural Face Serums for Every Skin Concern
Ready to give natural and organic skin care a shot? Start with some of our best natural serums for face below.