In the vast and fast-paced beauty industry, many consumers are turning to natural beauty and skincare products in the hopes of finding a simple, easy-to-read ingredient list that will hold true to its promise to deliver real, visible results. I always applaud the effort it takes to become a conscious consumer; after all, you have the power to choose what you want to put on your skin, and there are a lot of tempting synthetic options out there! It’s important to know, however, that the the switch to an all-natural regimen can be an interesting ride. Let’s talk specifics.
In order to avoid frustration, lets map out how the skin reacts to a conventional regimen, and what can happen when you switch to a natural regimen. When using a regimen that contains synthetic chemicals, parabens and PEGs, the skin can harbor the toxins that are accumulated through the low-dose chemical exposure. Most brands’ products are full of emulsifiers, silicones, and a token few active ingredients. Take dry skin for example: the common use of silicones (nearly ubiquitous with big beauty brands) will make the skin feel hydrated, but at the cost of slowing down the skins own production of moisture like hyaluronic acid.
Or, another example: when an oily skin type uses products that strip the skin of all oil, like a cleanser with soaps or detergents. This does more harm than good for the skin, which needs oil production for protection and hydration. Conventional skincare truly relies on the act of suppressing to make the skin feel balanced and smooth. Instead of stripping the skin and placing a band-aid on the issue at hand, natural ingredients work with the skin to improve its instinctual functions.
When searching for natural skincare products, look for expertly crafted formulas, because not all naturals are sourced or extracted equally. Here at Tata Harper Skincare, we source from organic and sustainable sources all around the globe, and have our products certified by ECO CERT, so our “Natural and Non-Toxic” claim is true and not a marketing ploy.
Once you have found a credible and well-crafted natural product, there comes a period of transition, where the skin might go through a skin-detox. You might see a few localized breakouts during the first month of using natural products. This occurs because natural ingredients encourage the purging of toxins that have been accumulating in the skin from your former synthetic skin care counterparts.
Not to worry! These problematic spots will diminish, likely after about a month: it takes the epidermis, the top layer of skin, 28 – 30 days to renew itself, so that’s usually the amount of time you’ll need to wait to see a real result. Patience is the name of the game here. You will be glad you did, I promise. Going through a month of a skin detox will reveal healthier and radiant skin.
This is not to be confused with a true reaction to a product. A few localized breakouts is the sign of the skin getting rid of impurities, cell buildup, toxins and bacteria, and should resolve themselves with continued use of the natural product. However, if you try any product on the market and see redness, itching or swelling immediately to 24 hours after applying, then you are having a reaction and should discontinue using the product. Many harsh chemicals often found in skincare products are irritating to the skin and cause such reactions. Another big culprit is fragrance which can contain 200 unnamed chemicals or more to create the artificial scent of the product. Look for products that use essential oils or flower extracts to provide the aroma instead of the mysterious fragrance.
Our skin is our largest organ that is constantly working to repair and protect. Take time to work with your skin and allow it time to heal. When we have a cut or a bruise, its not gone within a day, we expect our skin to take a certain amount of time to heal. Allow your skin to go through a transition process as it becomes accustomed to natural ingredients that work in conjunction with and not against the biological functions.