HEALTHY BEAUTY PRODUCTS – WHAT DOES IT MEAN? HOW TO CHOOSE A NATURAL, ECOLOGICAL PRODUCT?

While “slow food”, which is a way of healthy eating, and “slow life” – a philosophy and a way of living based  on enjoying life, have become fashionable terms in our dictionary, the concept of “slow beauty”  is still known to a rather narrow group of people. The concept is based on using natural cosmetics, and more specifically - organic ones, which do not contain harmful substances and were created based on natural, properly selected ingredients. Let us find out whether there really are such "healthy" natural cosmetics and whether they can be found easily.

Organic cosmetics - what should we know about them?

Healthy cosmetics are not only those that are completely free of parabens, SLS or other harmful substances. This is of course a given, but if we want to call beauty products “healthy” two other fundamental factors should also be considered. First of all, they must be created from properly selected ingredients of highest quality. Often the recipes, on the basis of which the preparations are being made, are passed down from generation to generation, and their creators and users can thus enjoy their above-average effectiveness. And secondly - in order for natural cosmetics to be called so, they must be made from certified ingredients - thanks to that we can be sure that they are created in an ecological way, without artificial fertilizers or unnecessary synthetic fillers.

It is also worth knowing what the difference between organic and natural cosmetics is. The former are preparations based precisely on certified organic ingredients, that are regularly tested and inspected, which is why the manufacturer must maintain the highest quality of the products. The production process of organic cosmetics is regulated by law, so there is no possibility of low quality in this case. As for the term "natural cosmetics" - it is not regulated by law and is often used as a marketing gimmick by a manufacturer who creates preparations containing very little ecological substances, and the rest are synthetic fillers. So if you have a choice - always go with the certified, organic products.

Let us find and choose the best cosmetics!

It is time to be more specific and learn how to recognize and choose only the highest quality organic cosmetics. You will learn what to look for and what you should consider the most important before making the final decision.

First of all – read the ingredients list very carefully and pay attention to whether there are any chemical, unhealthy, synthetic substances. You should learn to eliminate them. This is the basis for selecting the right beauty products. Just check the composition and give up the cosmetics that contain substances such as:

- parabens,

- SLS,

- silicones,

- paraffin,

- mineral oil,

- dioxan,

- glycol,

- triclosan.

It is good to know which substances are unhealthy, but in most cases the above names are too general, therefore it is better to get acquainted with the full names of the substances, which are often found in conventional cosmetics and which appear in the ingredients list. If you find one of the names, you can put the product back on the shelf and keep on looking.

Here is a list of the most undesirable substances:

Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzylparaben, Triclosan, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Dimethicone, Simethicone, Methicone, Paraffinum Liquidum, Petrolatum, Ceresin, Paraffin, Isoparaffin Mineral Oil, Synthetic Wax, Vaseline, Propylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide.

Getting to know these names will allow you to protect yourself against potential danger - in general, all kinds of strange, "chemically" sounding names should be verified, because it is very likely that this is how undesirable substances are being hidden.

Second of all - learn the ingredients based on which organic cosmetics are created

If we want to choose what is best, we should know what is best when it comes to cosmetics. And there are plenty of ecological ingredients of plant origin. Of course, you do not need to learn all the names, you just need to know the general groups to which the most desirable ingredients belong. These include:

- plant extracts - made from various kinds of flowers, leaves and other parts of plants. Their power lies in the effect they have on the condition of your skin, hair or nails. Extracts can be of a solid, liquid or semi-solid form, and the most well-known ones include, among others, extracts from Ginkgo biloba or Damask rose.

- vegetable oils – these substances are very important and they are a source of vitamins and minerals. They have a long history, the recipes based on which they are made are passed down from generation to generation, and the extraordinary properties that make them stand out, make the manufacturers eager to use them. Argan oil or the oil made from grape seed are known to most of us – or at least we have all heard about them due to their unbelievable properties.

- essential oils - we could not miss those ingredients that smell so wonderful, and have a miraculous, relaxing effect on our bodies. Of course, also here the properties of certain oils depend on which plant the oil was made from. There are hundreds of essential oils on the market and thanks to the continuous development of cosmetology, new ones are constantly being created.

Third – certificate and composition

What determines whether a product is organic or not, is of course the certificate that lets us know that the product was made of ecological ingredients and accepted by institutions that control crops. Certified products ensure that we do not introduce to our daily skin care routine any dangerous preservatives and other synthetic ingredients that may be harmful to the skin, hair or nails. Of course, it is worth remembering that not always high-quality cosmetics have a certificate and this is due to several factors, not necessarily because they contain dangerous substances. That is why it is always worth getting acquainted with the full ingredients list of the product, having in mind what should and what should not be included in it.

Attention! Manufacturers of the best natural cosmetics also pay attention to the natural environment, which is why they put their preparations in ecological packaging. It is also a determinant of the quality of the preparation, so it is worth paying attention to it during shopping.

Summary

There are several things to pay attention to when shopping. If you do not want to waste time, take advantage of the offer of one of the ecological online stores, like e.g. natinati.co.uk, which specialize in  selling cosmetics made by valued manufacturers - those whose products have been proven and whose credibility you can count on. Of course, when shopping online, you should also rely on your knowledge and vigilance, but the risk of buying a low-quality products this way is very small.

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