Natural Health & Beauty Products
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The Benefits of Natural Beauty Products
Contrary to what you may have heard, beauty is not skin deep! There’s a whole range of processes that go on behind the surface that help to create that healthy, natural beauty that we all strive for.
Clear and plump skin, glossy hair, and a healthy lean body help us to stay looking good and feeling great. But while a good diet and regular exercise are important in helping us to stay naturally beautiful, there are also many products out there that can give us an edge.
The beauty industry is worth an estimated £27 billion in the UK alone. And despite huge profits, the industry has had a major impact on the planet we all share. Synthetic chemicals, plastic packaging, and heavy manufacturing processes have taken a huge toll on the environment. Not to mention the animal testing that is still unfortunately rampant in 2021. Fortunately, there is a better way. Natural beauty products can help us to look great and feel great without adverse effects on the environment.
What are natural beauty products?
Natural beauty products are beauty products derived from natural (usually plant-based) ingredients. The term covers all kinds of products from makeup to skincare creams and dietary supplements.
They eschew the synthetic chemicals and harmful manufacturing techniques that are prevalent in today’s beauty industry. As such, they are better for both our bodies and the planet.
You may have already seen both natural and organic beauty products on the shelves. But while these terms may seem interchangeable, there are subtle differences. For instance, just because a product is labelled as organic, this may be marketing sleight-of-hand. Only a tiny proportion of a product needs to be organically derived to be labelled organic. The Soil Association is working with the beauty industry to draw up a uniformly acceptable standard for organic cosmetics in European markets.
What are the benefits of natural health and beauty products?
The beauty industry has long relied on synthetic chemicals and heavy manufacture to produce huge quantities of product with healthy profit margins. Hence its astronomical multi-billion pound value in today’s market.
Fortunately, the industry is changing, buoyed by huge consumer demand for more ethical and naturally sourced products. Brands are entering the market with lines of health and beauty products that are better for your body and the planet.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of these natural health and beauty products.
The chemicals in synthetic beauty products may be great for the manufacturers’ profit margins. But they’re proving disastrous for the environment. The manufacture of synthetic beauty products releases the same level of volatile organic compounds as petroleum emissions from car exhausts.
Although environmentally damaging microbeads have been banned in the UK, glitter is another damaging synthetic substance found in cosmetics. One that has yet to be banned in the UK market. When the chemicals in cosmetics make their way into the water and soil, they can cause great harm to plants and animals.
Even the plastic packaging used for many beauty products can take around 1,000 years to decompose naturally.
Natural beauty products often use sustainably sourced ingredients that do no harm to the environment. They also tend to use recycled and recyclable packaging.
No harmful substances
Natural health and beauty products aren’t just safer for the planet, they’re safer for your body, too. It can be hard to make sense of the long ingredients lists found on most cosmetic packages. But these confusing jumbles of letters and numbers can mask a multitude of harmful chemical compounds including:
- Parabens- Chemical preservatives that can cause hormone imbalances
- Phthalates- Linked to adverse effects in the liver, kidneys, thyroid, and immune system
- Sulfates- Lathering agents that can cause dryness and irritation in sensitive skin.
- Formaldehyde- A known carcinogen
- Mercury- Can be damaging to the nervous system and kidneys
It’s very important to check the ingredients lists of health and beauty products you buy, and know what to look out for.
Not tested on animals
You may be shocked to learn how many conventional beauty brands still use animal testing when developing new products. Which is why it’s so important to look for the “Cruelty Free” label when choosing cosmetics.
Natural health and beauty products will proudly sport this label. Most will also bear the “Vegan” label as well. While these two terms are often used interchangeably, they are not necessarily the same thing.
When products are vegan it means that they contain no ingredients derived from animals. Cruelty free means that no animal testing has occurred for either the product or its ingredients. While these usually overlap, cruelty free doesn’t necessarily mean vegan and vice versa.
Full of beneficial nutrients
Conventional beauty products can have some disturbing ingredients lists. Yet while these may be full of synthetic chemicals, their natural alternatives are packed with vitamins and minerals. Their ingredients lists contain familiar substances like fruit juices, vegetable extracts, plant oils, and naturally occurring proteins. Ingredients that benefit the human body rather than potentially damaging it.
Kinder on the skin
Readers with sensitive skin know just how difficult it can be to shop for health and beauty products. Some synthetic chemicals may cause redness, dryness, and irritation of the skin. This can make it extremely difficult to take a leap of faith on a new product.
Thankfully, natural health and beauty products are free of ingredients that can irritate the skin. You’ll find no parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, or synthetic dyes. Just natural ingredients that are known to benefit the skin rather than irritate and inflame it.
So, are natural health and beauty products actually better for you?
There’s no doubt that natural health and beauty products can be more beneficial to your health and wellbeing than their synthetic counterparts. Fortunately, there are a new generation of brands striving to do better. We’re proud to be among the companies providing natural health and beauty products that are better for your body and the planet.
Still, it’s important for consumers to be diligent. Not all natural products are 100% natural. Be sure to check the labels of the products you buy to ensure that there are no harmful chemicals mixed in with the natural ingredients!