Synthetic vs Natural

Have you ever wondered what natural products we’re really all about? What about synthetic products? Which is better? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not a question of good or bad here, it’s actually to know what is safe and effective to use.

The “man made” theme has had a bad rep in the last decade. It could be true in some cases, but in skincare, we only need to clarify the difference between the two of them. When you look at a natural chemical, it means that it has been produced in nature, without any human modifications. A synthetic chemical will be made by humans in a laboratory, using different techniques than the ones found in nature, but resulting in the same chemical components. So you see, this only indicates the source of the ingredients, not if it’s safe and effective, which is what you should be looking at, not the source. Your skin will not know the difference between what’s natural or synthetic. It will however, tell you if it irritates your skin, or if it’s safe and effective.

The most common question I hear in the treatment room is :”do you think natural products are safer to use?” And I always answer with the following: When you look at a natural ingredient such as essential oils, they are VERY strong. Some natural lines have a high concentration of these, resulting in very irritated skin. So do you think it’s safer to go the natural way? Not necessarily. We have to look at each active ingredient (whether it’s natural or synthetic) and find the scientific back up to prove that it’s safe and effective for the skin.

 

In the ends, it’s all about safe beauty. Some prefer natural sources, others prefer synthetic sources. I strongly believe in scientific backup. If an chemical ingredient (click here to know more about chemicals) is proven to do X,Y and Z on the skin, and that it’s proven to be safe, then I’m all for it!


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