Of course, if you are unsure what constitutes a ‘natural product’, going down the green route can be tricky. Luckily for you, however, I am here to guide you through the process. Many people are convinced that natural cosmetics don’t work as well as chemical ones, but that's not the case. Going natural might take some getting used to, but in terms of the health benefits, it’s well worth it, so ensure you give it a proper chance.
What constitutes a natural product can be hard to understand at first. However, once you get into the habit of reading ingredients lists, you’ll find it much easier. For each product, you pick up, read the list of ingredients all the way through. If there is anything listed that you are unsure about, Google it.
In beauty products, there can be thousands of ingredients, many of which can be harmful to us. Some cause cancer, are linked to various other diseases, and cause allergies and skin irritations - they really can be nasty.
Just because it says ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it is
Picking up a product that states it’s natural and organic, doesn’t necessarily mean it is - scary, right? By reading the ingredient list, you can assess how natural the product really, is, to a degree, at least. You see, not all ingredients have to be listed. However, with a little online research, you can find out exactly what is in each product.
Your skin will need time to adjust
Don’t expect your skin to react well to natural ingredients products straight away. It might do, but the chances are your skin will need time to adjust. For example, if you go from using a branded non-natural cleanser to a natural goats milk soap, your skin will need time to adjust. This could lead to a breakout or other reaction, but it'll soon settle down.
You see, if you use cosmetics containing chemicals every day, your skin adjusts to it. So when you then swap to a natural alternative, it could breakout due to the change. Once you are through the adjustment period, you’ll love the results you get, I promise.
Swap one product at a time
Instead of throwing out all your beauty items and swapping them for natural alternatives, make the change slowly. Start off by switching just one product, see how your skin reacts and then begin to switch more. If you change everything at once, you won’t know which natural products suit your skin and which don’t.
The idea of going natural might be a little daunting, but it’s actually much easier than you think. Your skin may take some time to adjust, but trust me, making the change is so worth it.
This post has been contributed by Laura