Facts & myths, truth & bull 🙂 so everything you should know about natural skin care products. Welcome! 🙂 Today, you have the opportunity to find out if you know everything about natural cosmetics or if you believe the myths concerning natural hair and body care.
Facts & myths about cosmetics and natural body/hair care
1. Natural cosmetics are safe so they won’t do damage even if I apply them to unclean skin
No, no, no. This is a false conviction and an excuse made by lazybones who don’t want to wash their face, body or hair. Natural cosmetics aren’t a safe asylum for toxins or sebum. Never apply cosmetics to unclean skin.
2. Natural cosmetics have to be stored appropriately
That’s true. Too high temperatures, humidity and sunlight might encourage cosmetics to get spoiled slowly (e.g. oils might go rancid). There is also a group of products that should be stored only in a fridge. Always follow the instructions given by a producer.
3. On first days after applying natural cosmetics skin gets… ugly!
That’s true. Of course, it’s not a rule but this frequently happens when our skin starts ‘giving back’ the chemical substances it has been feed with before. Also, skin requires time to get used to the natural substances. This is a kind of ‘initiation ceremony’ and should be perceived as a completely natural skin self-cleansing procedure so instead of get panicky and cut out using a particular cream – wait a moment and give your skin some time to adjust to the changes.
Obviously, even natural cosmetics can irritate or cause allergic reactions, therefore if you notice quite a number of spots or blemishes that itch and are reluctant to disappear – resign from applying the very product because it may contain one of natural allergens.
4. Natural cosmetics = Safe cosmetics
I wouldn’t be so optimistic about that. Bear in mind that most of such products (despite natural oils or plant extracts) also feature quite a number of synthetic substances. After all, there is a huge difference among ‘natural’, ‘inspired by nature’ and ‘composed on home-made products recipes.’ In other words, always check the lists of ingredients, examine INCI. This will protect you against cosmetic failure.
5. We ALSO have to know how to apply natural cosmetics
You bet! The fact that a particular product is natural doesn’t always mean that it’s safe. It’s worth realising that plants are very potent substances and can also do damages when used inappropriately. This can be easily shown taking body scrubs as an example: sugar or cocoa scrubs shouldn’t be applied to face skin because they can irritate the very delicate skin.
6. Hemp oil isn’t a narco
I know that cannabis are associated with high but not this time – hemp oil doesn’t work this way. It’s safe, doesn’t cause hallucinations, you can consume it without fear and apply it to your skin freely. And yes, you can drive a car after treating your body with hemp oil 🙂
7. Massage candles scald skin?
No, they don’t scald skin. Go ahead, pour the melted balm (it smells wonderful and displays relaxing properties) onto your body and start massaging your skin. Or even better, let someone else massage your skin 🙂
8. This ‘weird’ smell of natural oil doesn’t mean that it’s spoilt
I can imagine that most of you associate natural oils with beautiful aroma that resembles the plant/seed/nut that it was made of, yet it isn’t always that way. For example, watermelon seed oil smells petrichor, rose oil doesn’t smell roses but rather perished wood. This is how it’s and there is nothing we can do about it. Natural oils have their own smells that don’t indicate their bad quality. But how can we recognize that a particular oil shouldn’t be used any longer? Simply, it becomes cloudy and rancid.
9. Cream or balm has to be thrown away because its consistency has changed
Well… this is the case if we are talking about synthetic cosmetics. But when talking about natural cosmetics, it must be realized that such products frequently feature quite a number of substances that change their consistency due to temperature. On cold days, and when the temperature is low, their consistency is rather thick, whereas on hot days the same cosmetics might be definitely more runny. This is exactly how butters (shea, babassu, cocoa) and coconut oil work.
10. Natural oils can be applied to the scalp
This is true. To say even more, natural oils have to be applied to scalp. But, they have to be natural, which means that such oil must be pure, non-refined and cold-pressed. It’s also worth realizing that many products that feature ‘hair oil’ inscription on the label can feature silicones, parabens, strongly dehydrating alcohols that might left scalp irritated. Therefore, read the list of ingredients and choose wisely 🙂
Tell me, have you learnt something interesting thanks to today’s entry? Perhaps you can add something to the list? Any myth concerning natural cosmetics to shatter? Go ahead! Leave comments <3