Natural vs Synthetic Moisturizers
Have you been thinking about making the switch from your current synthetic moisturizer to some something more natural? We’ve broken down the 4 most common components in a moisturizer and describe the difference between the synthetic and natural ones. 1. Emollients: Emollients are what give a moisturizer its moisturizing components. They also help the skin. Plant oils are the most common type of emollient in all natural moisturizers because of how nourishing they are. Some of the best natural moisturizers contain almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and shea and cocoa butter because they are both curative and moisturizing. Synthetic emollients, which are commonly made from petroleum and other synthetic alcohols, work by forming a barrier on the skin to seal in moisture. Because of this, your skin can have trouble breathing which ultimately causes clogged pores and can irritate your skin. 2. Emulsifiers: Emulsifiers hold together substances that don’t naturally co-mingle, such as water and oil. Natural moisturizers use plant waxes to hold substances together. Jojoba oil, carnauba wax, and rice bran are particularly good because they also help to condition the skin.Synthetic emulsifiers typically contain a combination of petroleum and hydrocarbon derivatives. Which is something you would probably use on your car. This can cause serious irritation and allergies. 3. Preservatives: Preservatives are what help keep the moisturizers from spoiling and growing bacteria. Natural preservatives keep products fresh for a limited amount of time. If you are using natural skin care products, it is important to remember to use it right away and not store it in the back of your closet for a rainy day. Some of the most common natural preservatives are essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, and thyme, which curb microbial growth. The vitamin C and E extracts from the grapefruit seed can double as a preservative and a way to prevent bacteria. Synthetic moisturizers contain very powerful chemical preservatives that can help make your product last for years, but that comes at a huge cost. Parabens are the most common synthetic preservative. However, they have been proven to cause allergies, irritation, hormone disruption, developmental toxicity, and there are even some theories that parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors. Other synthetic preservatives have been proven to release formaldehyde, so be very attentive when reading ingredients. 4. Fragrances: Fragrances are what makes your moisturizer smell so great. Natural skin care products utilize essential oils and plant extracts to give to that fresh scent. Synthetic fragrances have been proven to cause hormone disruption and can be very toxic for your organs. Hopefully this has shed some light upon the benefits of natural moisturizers. We know how important it is to look your best, but you want to make sure looking your best isn’t affecting your health or putting harmful chemicals into your body.