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Natural Skin Care Products

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Summary:
As more people are becoming aware of the effect of pesticides and
synthetic ingredients on our environment and health, more women are
interested in using natural skin care products. With the increasing
demand comes more widely available natural skin care products which may
be chemical-free, completely organic, or even vegan. It is estimated
that, during a typical skin care treatment, a woman’s skin, hair and
nails come in contact with over 100 chemicals, many of them harmful ...


Keywords:
skin conditioners,aromatherapy,natural ingredients


Article Body:
As more people are becoming aware of the effect of pesticides and
synthetic ingredients on our environment and health, more wome n are
interested in using natural skin care products. With the increasing
demand comes more widely available natural skin care products which may
be chemical-free, completely organic, or even vegan. It is estimated
that, during a typical skin care treatment, a woman’s skin, hair and
nails come in contact with over 100 chemicals, many of them harmful to
health. In her lifetime, the average woman will ingest around four pounds
of lipstick, and lipstick can contain tar, aluminum and many other
poisonous or carcinogenic substances. Therefore, natural skin care
products are more in demand these days, as awareness of health increases.

Natural skin care products are available in the following forms:

·   Cosmetics
·   Shampoos and conditioners
·   Cleansers
·   Skin conditioners
·   Skin toners and hydrators

There are also natural perfumes, moisturizers and skin treatments.
Natural and organic cosmetics are free of synthetic dyes and the color
can be obtained through plants and minerals. They usually have a shorter
shelf-life than conventional cosmetics, and should be replaced often.
Natural cosmetics are available as foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners and
other beautifying products. Many natural cosmetics use animal products
such as beeswax and lanolin, and vegans, those who avoid animal products
completely, should find cosmetics using vegetable oils such as palm and
shea butter.

Many of consumers of natural beauty products enjoy the benefits of
aromatherapy along with cleansing and conditioning their skin and hair.
Aromatherapy is the art of affecting one’s sense of well-being through
the use of essential oils from flowers and herbs. Some blends stimulate
while others relax. Many natural skin care products are available in sets
which include a shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner, a scrub and
cologne. Orange, bergamont and cedar have stimulating effects and refresh
the skin. Many report a tingling sensation after using natural citrus and
cedar products. Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang soothes and prevents stress.

Natural skin care products are usually made of bases and essential oils.
Depending on the product, the base may be a wax or a cream made of
moisturizing oils and plant butters. Unrefined shea butter from Africa is
a common choice and Tamanu from Madagascar is prized for its soothing
properties. The best essential oils are expeller pressed, which means
that they are extracted without chemical solvents. The bases and oils are
combined to produce skin creams, cleansers, perfumes and lipsticks.

Skin masks and treatments are in-depth processes and require several
types of natural skin care products for an entire treatment. Mud masks
may contain real, vitamin-rich mud or clay from certain regions of the
world known for producing nourishing products. A mask, which draws out
the impurities from the skin and improves circulation, is usually
followed by a hydrating spray. Rosewater is often used for this purpose,
because of its nourishing and moisturizing properties. The skin is
cleansed using a scrub, made of crushed peach pits or another rough
material that sloughs off dead cells. Cleansers are used according to
one’s skin type; those with dry skin may use a cleanser with a fruit such
as avocado or banana, and those with oily-skin or acne find tea tree oil
cleanser to be quite effective. A moisturizer completes the treatment,
and is made of oils from plants such as cocoa or palm that gently add
moisture without clogging the pores.

One should be careful when purchasing natural skin care products. Many
conventional skin care products claim to have natural ingredients, but
this might mean that they use a bit of a plant or an herb, and the other
95% of the lotion is made of chemicals. Read the label to ensure that the
products you are using are all-natural, if this is important to you, and
work with a company that you trust.