As someone who likes to look their best, going for natural beauty products makes sense as you only want to put the kindest and most nourishing ingredients on your skin – but how can you tell which products are actually natural – where do you start?
There is a lot of talk about organic as being healthy and natural, particularly in the world of beauty products, but there is a difference between organic products and natural beauty products, so it’s important to understand the difference.
Organic is more about the way the ingredients of the product were grown so check product labels for the Soil Association logo which tells you the percentage of organic ingredients used in any product.
When talking about health and beauty products there are very specific criteria which have to be met for a product to be allowed to be described as organic, which includes the following list – so if these are important to you look out for the Soil Association logo:
- No genetically modified ingredients
- No toxic chemicals included
- No Nano-particles
- No synthetic perfumes used
- No parabens
- No testing on animals
Using organic beauty products means the ingredients are natural, sourced sustainably and the manufacturing processes have also been certified as sustainable. These products also come in packaging which is biodegradable to help support the environment further.
If you are looking for natural beauty products you just need to be aware that describing something as “natural” isn’t as regulated as using the term organic. It should mean the ingredients are all natural, as in, non-synthetic, but there is no guarantee so always do your research first.
Once you decide to go natural and/or organic, there is no end to the range of beauty products which you can treat yourself to out there, from good quality facial cleansers, to relaxing organic bath oils. People are much more aware of not using harsh and harmful chemicals on their skin now which means the organic range is far broader and less expensive than it used to be. Here are some example natural products you can try:
01. Beauty Luminiser
This natural product is basically a highlighter to work with the contours of your face and bring out areas which you want to shine, such as cheekbones. There are natural and organic versions of beauty luminsers on the shelf, in a variety of shades, which will suit all skin tones. So if you want to highlight the best parts of your face naturally, opt for one of these.
02. Organic face cleanser with pure cotton exfoliating cloth
Removing make-up and impurities gently is one of the key ways we can look after our skin so try combining an organic face cleanser with a pure cotton face cloth to create the perfectly natural way to keep your skin clean and fresh.
03. Organic floral facial spritzer
With air-conditioning inside and summer heat outside, your skin can dry out very quickly so try using an organic facial spritzer to help add the moisture back into your skin gently and naturally. These are generally made using plant extracts and feel amazing and refreshing each time you use them.
04. Organic floral bath oil
There is nothing more relaxing than using a natural and organic bath oil as an addition to your late night soak. If you want help sleeping choose an oil based on natural lavender and you will be guaranteed a relaxing bath and good night’s sleep. This will result in true beauty sleep leaving you feeling refreshed in the morning, naturally.
05. Natural hand and body lotions
Look out for hand and body lotions made from natural ingredients including fruit, sandalwood and of course the wonderful aloe vera, which is fantastic for your skin. Any product combining these amazing natural ingredients will leave your skin feeling soft and thoroughly moisturised.
06. Vegan lipsticks
When you are updating your make-up bag think natural and organic as well by looking out for vegan lipsticks – that way you know none of the ingredients or processes have involved causing harm to animals and you can use it without feeling guilty.
07. Organic eye make-up products
Look out for eye make-up containing only organic ingredients – after all, your eyes are very delicate and harsh chemicals can cause reactions. Be particularly vigilant when choosing mascaras and eye pencils which are used very close the edge of your eye.
There are many choices when it comes to selecting only natural and organic beauty products and whichever you choose, you can rest assured that not only are you treating your skin to the best products possible, but you are also helping to contribute to a sustained environment and animal-friendly planet.
From lipsticks and eye make-up through to cleansers and moisturisers, nowadays you can find organic versions of most beauty products so make sure you check the label carefully and look out for the seal of approval from the Soil Association.