When you want to build a great skincare routine, it's important to choose the right products. In most cases, you'll find that using natural products is much better for your long-term skin health. Here's our cosmetic dermatology take on why natural products are better and what ingredients could actually harm your skin if you're not careful.
When it comes to treating acne or wrinkles, you might think that the first product you try is the best one. The truth is that natural ingredients and products are typically much more beneficial for your skin than synthetic products. First and foremost, natural products tend to be easier on the skin. Certain synthetic products may cause contact dermatitis and other skin rashes, which are problems nobody wants to deal with. "Natural" ingredients aren't necessarily naturally derived, though. Since there's little regulation in terms of what is allowed to qualify as a natural ingredient, you'll need to consult with your dermatologist and do a little bit of research on the products you're using. For instance, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occuring substance in the body, but it may be synthesized in a lab in order to meet market demands. If you're ever doubting whether a product or ingredient is truly natural, it's important to speak with your dermatologist before using it on your skin.
There are a few key ingredients that you need to keep away from your skin at all costs. While some of these ingredients may seem natural, they can seriously harm your skin if you're not careful. Let's review a few of them.
Heavy metals like aluminum should be kept far away from your skin. Unfortunately, this metal can be found in most antiperspirant products and other personal care products. It's possible for aluminum to disrupt the function of the endocrine system, so it could be time to think about replacing your deodorant.
Mineral oil is a petroleum byproduct that can be found in lotions, creams, and some cosmetics. You'll want to avoid this ingredient because it coats the skin and clogs up pores. As a result, your skin won't be able to breathe and you could increase the probability of acne flare ups and skin rashes.
Parabens aren't always included in ingredient lists for cosmetic products, which is why you should always look for products with a "paraben-free" label on them. Doing so can help you prevent these harmful substances from messing with your skin health.
When in doubt, stick with fragrance-free products. Synthetic fragrances not only have the ability to irritate your nose, but they can also cause skin irritation, skin rashes, and contact dermatitis if you're not careful.
Creating a great skincare routine doesn't have to be tough. As long as you know what to look for, your skin will be fine. If you're not sure which products are best for you, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.