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Why Natural And DIY Skincare Products Aren’t Better For You?

Sep 17 2021 By Minal Niraula  
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When it comes to medical or skincare, many people feel that “natural” is better, healthier, and safer than “unnatural” or manufactured skincare. And many companies support this claim. They support this claim because they intend to push their so-called natural products to their customers.

And then there are DIY skincare tutorials. They claim that you will be able to see results in just a few days. They tell you alternative ways to not buy a product. But instead make the same products with fruits, or other pantry items lying around at home. However, they don’t tell you that these items might clog your pores. While they might soothe your skin now, they will have absolutely no long-term effects.

To save you from a skin disaster, and wasting your food items. We have compiled some facts about how “natural” and DIY skincare items simply don’t work.

Here are some reasons why you should avoid using “natural” products:

Natural is unclear

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While natural and organic products like skincare items may seem attractive. There is no guarantee the product will be any better than synthetics. For one, “natural” can be unclear. It can mean something was made by a human (like a soap). Or it could mean something which has not been seen to harm people.

It probably won’t work

The second issue is that some ingredients used in these natural and organic products are too weak to produce significant results. That means the chemicals in synthetic skincare products may actually be more effective for your skin. Rather than some of their more “natural” counterparts. You’ll need to decide what you want from your skincare products by looking at the labels. And following a few simple guidelines to see what has been used in its manufacturing.

The bottom line is that it will not make a significant difference as to whether your product is natural or synthetic as long as it performs well. In other words, be wary of products claiming “natural” if they are ineffective because ‘natural’ does not always mean better.

And unlike skincare produced by chemists in labs, natural products are not measured.

“Natural” is overrated

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The term “natural” is getting overloaded and can certainly be used in a lot of ways. It means (according to the Federal Trade Commission) an ingredient has been grown, harvested, or manufactured in such a way that it does not harm the environment when used as intended when made into a finished product.  Here are some examples:  The label will say it is organic, natural, vegan-friendly, etc., and the customer may think it has no chemicals in it.

However, when you think about it everything is a chemical. The water you eat is a chemical. It is H2O. Therefore, when you think of a manufactured skincare product, you need to think that it is formulated to be used on the skin. Unless dangerous ingredients are added to the product, the search for ingredients is over and all we need to know is what we want in our skincare products.

Why can DIY Skincare be harmful?

While affordable DIY skincare products can be frustratingly simple, using these products may cause health problems.  Below are some reasons why.

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The problem is that no one can give you an accurate average response to how much of each ingredient they use in every batch, because every person does it a little differently.

Popular beauty gurus promote the use of DIY Skincare with “natural” ingredients. But they include allergens and comedogenic ingredients. They will recommend users to use DIY skincare products. They may tell you to simply spray the essential oils on your skin and let it dry before washing it off.

The problem with this is spraying a concentrated mixture on your skin tends to go straight into the skin pores. And some ingredients may go through the eyes, nose, or mouth where you get direct contact with something that might be toxic. This is especially problematic if you have sensitive skin or get ill easily.

Also read: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Skincare Routine

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