D’Marge.com article on organic and natural remedies – author Matthew Hart
In our ever growing health conscious world the term organic or natural has gained more prominence than ever. We already enjoy the benefits organic juice, food and coffee so why not enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer for your skin. Organic skincare was born from a consumer desire for more health conscious products that are also friendly to the environment.
Since arriving on the market, natural skincare has hit the ground running with numerous brands offering a more natural alternative. Whether you want to make the switch to a natural skincare routine or are just curious about organic skincare I have compiled a list of benefits to assist you with your decision.
When it comes to perceived health benefits, according to most experts, the marketing is often greater than the science. That doesn’t mean however that natural skincare and the ingredients included can’t be beneficial for your skin. There are a number of ingredients organic skincare brands use that offer numerous benefits to the skin. Some of these include;
Green Tea: Often found in anti-ageing products this natural ingredient is packed with antioxidants. Green tea soothes and conditions the skin and protects against cell damage.
Aloe Vera: Can be found in aftershave and shaving balms as it soothes and softens the skin. Helps limit irritation and works well with sensitive skin.
Jojoba: A natural moisturiser but also beneficial to oily skin as it controls the amount of sebum (or oil).
Shea Butter: The excellent moisturising qualities of this ingredient were discovered thousands of years ago by ancient Egyptians to protect them from the harsh desert conditions. It’s properties are still harnessed today in many moisturisers.
Also of you suffer from allergies, skin sensitivity or are prone to irritation then natural ingredients may also be better for your skin.
Not only do natural ingredients offer amazing benefits to your skin but brands that utilise such products often cost less than their chemical counterparts. In most instances you can cover all your skincare needs without breaking the bank. For instance natural skincare brand Bulldog that recently came onto the market offer everything from face scrubs, face washes, to anti-ageing moisturisers for a modest price.
If health benefits and cost aren’t enough to sway you then maybe peer pressure will get you as natural skincare has seen a worldwide acceptance and rising popularity. According to ReportLinker the organic personal care market was worth $8 billion by the end of 2010 and is projected to reach $11 billion by 2016. So it’s clear to see that organic skincare is serious business widely accepted and used by a large consumer base.
Not only are consumers jumping on the natural bandwagon but also skincare brands. As mentioned earlier Bulldog has entered the market with their extensive line of natural skincare but other brands are also offering the natural alternative. Brands such as Nivea Men and Khiels are including natural ingredients in some of their most popular products. For instance Nivea Men includes Aloe Vera in thief aftershave products and Khiels has soy and chestnut extract in their energising moisturiser.
So if you want to offer benefits to your skin while helping out the environment jump on the natural skincare bandwagon. Not only will you save a bit of cash but you will also be utilising time honoured ingredients that are gentle on the skin. At the end of the day though natural skincare is the opportunity to add something a little different to your skincare routine and, much like the ingredients, keep things fresh.
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