Myth: "All Natural" Beauty Products Are Best
Pure Truth: First of all, there are not really any 'all natural'
products available for commercial sale. Unless you make them yourself,
and are prepared to refrigerate them & use them within a few days,
you really can't find any. This is because, just as in food products,
the ingredients are perishable.
Just think what would happen to a jar of 'natural' ingredients
sitting on your vanity... The smell alone would keep me from opening the
lid, let alone touching it! So beauty products, like foods, use
preservatives to give them added shelf time. When you buy products, they
have to last through storage with the company, shipping and still have
some time left for you to use them. As for the term 'natural' it is not
even regulated. This means any company can call their product natural,
no matter what it contains.
Myth: Chemicals Are Bad For Your Skin
Pure Truth: Not all chemicals are bad for your skin. Just as
medicines are chemical or synthetic versions of medicinal plants, so the
science of chemistry brings us beauty products. Many natural
ingredients have been re-created in synthetic form for ease of use &
distribution, which can also make them cheaper to supply.
Myth: Product Packaging Does Nothing But Add To The Price
Pure Truth: Many people believe there is no importance to the
packaging of beauty products, that the bottles and jars are just made
'neat looking' in order to make us buy the products. This can be true,
but with some of the 'new' beauty ingredients, packaging has a much
larger, more important role. Some ingredients are considered unstable,
meaning they are affected by sunlight and air exposure. For those
ingredients, like retinol and some antioxidants, the packaging is a big
deal. If you want to get some use of what you paid for, look for
packaging that limits the products exposure. This may mean a dark
colored container, or those similar to pharmaceutical products.
Myth: Buying Beauty Products Is a Gamble
Pure Truth: If you want to avoid buying products that simply
don't work, being an educated consumer is your best bet. For the best
information on cosmetics ingredients in the US, go to the FDA site. This
site also has information on labeling & label claims.
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