From foods to cleaning products- literally anything and everything that we use today on a daily basis is packed full of chemicals, additives and flavoring agents, all of which tend to have a negative impact on health.
Thankfully, there’s also been a recent rise in awareness about how they could impact health in the long run, which has given rise to a whole new branch of products when it comes to skincare in particular- natural products.
The question is, are these ‘natural’ soaps and moisturizers really worth your time? Keep reading to find out!
The Benefits of Going Natural
From goat milk soap to castile soap - a quick look on Pinterest will tell you just how popular natural and homemade soaps are, and why not, considering they pack in so many awesome benefits associated with their use.
- Switching to a natural soap can help improve skin health in many ways.
- The natural ingredients present in such soaps are usually perfect for individuals with sensitive skin types, since natural plant extracts tend to be soothing for skin.
- Most natural soaps are also environment friendly, which is a double whammy! You’ll be protecting the earth as well as doing good for your skin!
- Natural soaps are definitely a great choice for your skin especially in the long run. They can prevent the skin from drying out fast (as opposed to preservative based “detergent” soaps which sap all the moisture from the skin)
- The botanical extracts present in natural soaps can also help fight skin irritation, infections and inflammation.
Tips to Note
With tons of options available, it is easy to get confused about the right (and authentic) one, and that’s when these tips might come handy.
- Choose products from brands that are forthcoming about their products, and are straightforward about their principles and ingredients.
- Make it a point to check the ingredients on the label, if you cant pronounce it – you probably don’t want it on your skin. If there are no ingredients, that even worse. Remember that FDA regulations mandate that the order of ingredients goes from most used to least – so if your product is advertised as “shea butter soap” but shea butter is the last ingredient on the list, you may want to look elsewhere.
- If you are allergic to any kind of essential oil or plant extract, make sure you look for it in the product label too.
- For extra precaution for those with very sensitive skin, when using a new soap, make sure you do a patch test before you actually use it to wash your face and/or body.