The Benefits of Using Natural Products
Are you thinking of making the switch from conventional skincare products to a more natural routine? If so, you have lots of great stuff in store. Using natural skin and beauty products is better for the body, the environment, and for the world. Really! Here’s how.
Why Use Natural Products?
They’re Better for the Body: Natural products are better for the body. End of story. If you want to know why, take a closer look at what they don’t contain. Natural products don’t use manufactured ingredients that can cause irritation, allergic reaction, or other harmful side effects. Instead, they use ingredients that work with your body instead of against it.
One of the biggest places where natural products have an advantage also happens to be the biggest organ in your body: your skin. Many synthetic ingredients used in conventional beauty products, like sodium Laureth (or Lauryl) Sulfate and artificial fragrances, can irritate the skin and destroy healthy oils your body needs. While some products with harsh synthetic ingredients may appear to work well in the short term, in the long term they can cause more harm than good. Natural products support the skin in doing what it does best: taking care of your body.
They’re Better for the Environment: Conventional beauty products aren’t much better for the environment than they are for your skin. Much of the damage comes from how the products are disposed. For example, many sunscreens use nanoparticles, microscopic particles that efficiently block out ultraviolet sunlight. While they might prevent a sunburn, when you wash them off your body and down the drain, they end up in water sources for lakes, streams, and rivers. Even though they’re small, nanoparticles can cause plenty of problems for marine ecosystems.
Nanoparticles are just one example of how conventional beauty products can harm the environment. Other common ingredients, such as parabens, phenols, and phthalates, may interfere with marine ecosystem health (as well as your own wellbeing). Non-biodegradable packaging products can sit in landfills for hundreds of years before breaking down. A bottle of shampoo or moisturizer might not seem like a big problem, but when added to leftovers from millions of other products, the earth starts to suffer.
They’re Better for the World: Choosing natural products over conventional beauty products is a step towards making the world a better place. If that seems like a grandiose statement, just take a look at the millions of animals used every year in cosmetic testing. Cosmetic testing is extremely traumatic to the animals who go through it, and many do not make it through the experience alive. Most natural beauty producers forgo animal testing in the creation of their products. We don’t know about you, but from where we sit that’s a big, big benefit.
Finally, when you learn a bit more about the companies that produce natural beauty products, you might be surprised to find out just how much of their proceeds go into making the world a better place. Many natural skincare producers (including Earth’s Daughter) support charities that are working to improve the lives of a whole spectrum of people and animals. Choosing to support these companies means you’re choosing to support a safer, better world.
There are so many benefits to natural products that we’re not quite sure why anyone would want to use anything else. If you’re still not convinced, give our aloe vera gel or blending sponges a try. We think you’ll notice the difference.