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Natural cosmetics – 95% or 100%? And why we should leave well alone?

Natural cosmetics are gaining more and more recognition among consumers. We are living in the world where technology and the pursuit for development lead the way, huge cosmetic corporations try to gain primacy in mass media and new ingredients and effective tricks seem endless. Therefore, we are more eager to go back to the roots this days, to benefit from the fruits of nature.

First of all, the high quality natural products do not contain harmful “fillers” like paraffins, silicones, or petroleum ingredients which are mainly preservatives that can cause allergies and skin intolerances. The quality products are based only on plant and essential oils that do not block pores and they let the skin breathe freely.

This doesn`t mean however that high quality natural products do not contain preservatives. However not all of them are bad! Apart from their infamous opinion, they do have the advantage of ensuring the freshness and durability of the products. Without them, our creams, lotions and balms would be a hotbed for bacteria that could pose a threat to the skin.

The amount is the key though, and Resibo strives for the necessary minimum. Widely used preservatives are some essential oils or vitamin E, which, although may cause allergies to very sensitive skin, they don’t have long-lasting negative effects on the skin.

Another often used stabilizer is citric acid, which not only prolongs durability, but has many other advantages. It actually protects the skin from discoloration and promotes hydration in the skin! The stabilizer even stimulates the production of collagen so it is great in anti-aging products.

Another preservative worth mentioning, that has been approved by institutions certifying natural cosmetics, is sodium benzoate. Used in cosmetics in minimal amounts, it protects them from developing mould, yeasts, and pathogenic bacteria, without causing any negative effects. It is also completely neutral to skin and it is odorless.

When choosing a natural cosmetic, it is recommended to look for information about the percentage of natural ingredients. Don’t be fooled by the marketing argument of “100% natural” or “no preservatives”, unless the shelf-life of the product is only a few days and you need to store it in a refrigerator. Imagine you made a product at home, blending together a cucumber with honey and bran, it wouldn’t last for long without preservatives but also you wouldn’t have to pay for it.

It is not the case in modern natural cosmetics, because the cosmetics really worth our attention contains carefully selected oils, herbs and extracts, which benefit from the fruits of nature as well as from science achievements! This means they meet the needs of the most demanding consumers. Natural cosmetics should contain about 95-99.9% of natural products, and such a high percentage is contained mainly in these with stable oils, where the main preservative can be an essential oil which has a beneficial effect on the skin. We store the oils at room temperature, not allowing for contact with sunlight or a damp environment.

“Use by date” of natural cosmetics?

Generally, the marking on packages concerning the expiry date refer to the time from opening the package, which is usually no longer than six months. After this time, and if the minimum amount of preservatives is used, microbes start proliferating and they may cause allergies or irritations. Expiry date markings refer to conventional cosmetics, and their total expiry date before opening the package is more than 36 months. Generally, that does not apply to natural cosmetics, though. That is why you should look for expiry date stamped or printed digital expiry date on packages.

If you decide to replace chemical cosmetics with the natural ones, you should be ready for a short rebellion from your skin. At the beginning, it may be a little irritated and you might experience a slight occurrence of pimples. Your skin is getting used to the new friendly fillers. The skin starts to breathe and cleanse itself, soon it will begin to work with the product and its condition will improve every day. If this transition stage lasts longer than a few weeks, it may be evident that you have an intolerance to one of the ingredients. In this case, discontinue using the cosmetic and look into a new product.

The real natural cosmetics have a number of advantages, that the conventional cosmetics don’t. Their ingredients are friendlier and they rarely cause allergies, because even a slight amount of vegetable or essential oils bring good results.

Their concentration does not have to be high. They contain the minimum amount of preservatives. They are also vegetarian and vegan friendly, as they are not of animal origin and are not tested on animals.

Before you decide to change to natural cosmetics, do your research! It is important that you know the source and quality of a products components, oils and herbs. Consult your beautician for advice or read beauty blogs.

If you go for natural face care, why not go further? Change more than cosmetics! Add a balanced diet, rich in vegetables, fruit, wholemeal food and seeds. A vegetarian or vegan diet does not suit everybody, but there are many arguments for the beneficial influence on the skin and the rest of the body. Including as much non-processed food as possible into an everyday diet is indisputably worth considering. Together with the right amount of water, exercise and outdoor relaxation, it will repay you with beautiful, radiant skin, which will be noticed by everyone around you!