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Your cream is it really natural?

The trend in cosmetics is definitely natural products. We find ourselves in a time when people are paying attention to what they buy, and do not trust chemicals, which may in some cases be harmful to our health. It is therefore normal that the cosmetics industry jumps on the opportunity to launch a ton of natural products, especially skin care.

But how can we know if the product you bought is really natural? Is it possible to rely on the allegations of thepackage, or it is rather misleading marketing terms?Natural products are as effective as chemical?

I know obviously not all cosmetic, but with my knowledge, I will try to clarify the question a little while talking to you natural ingredients effective in advocatinganti-aging.

Obviously, for a product to be called “natural”, it must contain natural ingredients. Is what you after, just this statement open to interpretation? The product should it contain 100% natural ingredients, or, what is a natural product? Is that water is considered a natural ingredient?


First, I do not know the regulations of all countries, but I can say that here, the government does not legislate on natural products. Organic products they have standards like Ecocert or Cosmébio, but for the natural as such, there is no regulation. Companies have to comply quantities at each ingredient in the product composition, health side, but the ingredient is natural or chemical, it must simply not be harmful, with supporting studies, and approved by the government health authority of the country (such as Health Canada or the Food and Drug Administraton the US example).

So everything is in the hands of cosmetic companies. They can set their own rules of what a cosmetic natural, and what percentage of the product must contain. Ultimately, you could put a drop of essential oil in a natural cream 100% synthetic and natural product could become. And yes, the water is considered anatural ingredient, and what a coincidence, it is frequently found in most cosmetics. Derivatives of animals are also natural products, because they are not chemically created. So a cosmetic natural is not necessarily 100% natural, and not necessarily plant. By cons, in general, a natural product will not contain parabens or other chemical ingredients that can cause allergies.

100% natural?

To be honest, a 100% natural product is extremely rare, especially in the shelves of department stores. It would be better to go to specialty stores that promote handicrafts. If all companies that sell natural products acting ethically, we end up with products with fewer preservatives, which have a production method and environmentally friendly packaging, no ingredient health risk, but that’s in an ideal world.

Because there are many on the cost factor vs company profits, but also the benefits of the product itself. A 100% natural shampoo could not contain the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulfate as such, very often, people love a shampoo that lathers a lot! There is also a question of texture. Some chemicals, such as silicone, offer a smooth texture and a incredible and unique a product, then it is also a benefit that must be put aside when making natural choices (in addition to the silicone also an occlusive agent, which does not allow the skin to breathe …). It is a very personal issue in this case.

Synthetic ingredients

One thing to know for cons, unless it is a matter of principle, the chemicals are not necessarily harmful to health. Some of them have been used for hundreds of years in ointments and creams for example, and are not problematic in any way whatsoever. This is for example the case of glycerine, which was discovered in 1783 and is used in a variety of cosmetic products. Its high moisturizing power is not debatable and it has absolutely no health hazard, especially since it is even used in cooking.

Allergies and Intolerances

In addition, in allergic reactions and intolerances, it is certainly not because a product is natural it has no chance to react or be allergic. Moreover, there are more people who are intolerant or allergic to certain plants or essential oils. So natural does not always equal completely safe for us. The proof can be found in the nature of poisonous plants, or downright deadly. But do not worry, none of these plants will sooner in your jars!

Powerful natural ingredients

Side natural ingredients, opinions are divided. On the one hand, there are naturopaths, herbalists and other experts who claim that plant natural products have a variety of properties, but unfortunately, very often, no scientific study proving these virtues, because they are often companies paying for studies on new chemical compounds, and our friends the plants are put aside. Hence, others will say that natural products are not as effective as the chemical ingredients. However, in cosmetics, it is false. More extracts and natural compounds have been shown in studies to be highly effective with visible results and proved scientifically.We do not talk any more remedies and ointments grandmothers there, we are far from the same account.

The representative of the company Reversa, most of which products contain glycolic acid, gave me a list from a magazine, which named some of the most effective natural ingredients in anti-aging cosmetics. Here are a few.

Glycolic acid

There are obviously top of the list glycolic acid, an extract of sugar cane. Glycolic acid is an AHA exfoliant that many take for a chemical compound. But even if it is natural, its molecules are small enough to penetrate into the dermis to stimulate cell regeneration, giving it the proven anti-aging properties. Glycolic acid helps to reduce the appearance of age spots, stimulates fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin (ie wrinkle), removes dead cells on the surface of the skin, revealing smooth skin and radiant, while giving more substance, because doing so, it thickens the dermis.


Soy derivatives have for several years used in creams, especially for menopausal skin versions because soy is a phytoestrogen, which compensates for the loss of the skin’s natural estrogen. Soy has anti-aging properties.


Many creams contain polyphenols, they come from grapes or green tea or white. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants. They protect the skin from free radicals, sun, pollution, etc.. By preventing cells from oxidizing, it slows down the aging of the skin.


The dock is often present in creams spots, because it inhibits the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme present in the skin which creates the formation of brown spots on the skin. The dock makes it possible to clarify, leaving a luminous complexion and uniform. The dock is extracted from a plant that grows here in North America.

All this is natural, but the results are actually visible. So knowing this, so you can make informed choices.The best thing to do is to read the list of ingredients. I know that most of the time we do not understand it, but searching the Internet, you will find the meaning of each ingredient, what it does, and its origin. In addition, you can also learn to recognize certain ingredients that you do not end up in your cream. If, by chance, you do not want parabens, learn the variations of these. But know that as long as the ingredient ending in “paraben”, it is indeed a chemical preservative.

In summary, the act of choosing a natural cream is a personal choice. But from now on, you will know that the vast majority of commercial creams are never 100% natural. Against some European countries, which are often ahead of the rest of the world in terms of health, provide certification of natural cosmetics (as is the case for organic products). Companies can join or not, but recognizing these logos, you know that the product meets the requirements of these certifications, which may vary, but most often require a percentage of natural ingredients, which prohibit the use of a list of selected ingredients. But buying natural is often pay a bit more expensive, as is also the case for organic because manufacturing costs are higher. For cons, I think it’s worth it to invest in promoting this type of product. More there will be less production costs are high, such as organic food, but do not be fooled by high prices and a large inscription “natural.” So be careful in our choice of products, taking into account our values ​​and preferences of our skin at a time.

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