More and more natural skincare products are becoming available to us, and many of them offer fabulous benefits. We asked Lindsay Salthouse, from The Victorian Garden, to share the benefits of natural skincare and for her top tips for taking care of sensitive skin.
Benefits of natural skincare
- It makes sense to go natural. Research has shown that the average woman applies more than 200 chemicals to her skin every day. Up to 60% of these are absorbed into the bloodstream.
- Natural products improve the health of your skin, making it look fresher and younger, and delaying the ageing process.
- Natural ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides and in an environmentally sustainable way. This means products formulated with naturally derived ingredients are better for your skin, safer for your health and kinder to the environment.
- The amount of product used is reduced as natural products are not diluted by synthetic mineral oils.
- Vegetarian and vegan friendly.
- Not tested on animals.
Tips for sensitive skin
- Avoid sun exposure, as far as you are able especially the face.
- Avoid using any alcohol-based toning freshener lotions, astringents or body sprays.
- Choose products that are free of artificial fragrances and perfume, use a high percentage of natural and organic ingredients and are specifically petrochemical free. And remember, by supporting South African made products you are doing your bit to boost the South African economy and keep people employed.
- Try to keep to one range of products rather than using several products from different ranges. Dermatologists are telling us that one culprit ingredient, whether it’s a preservative, fragrance or fruit acid, can start a reaction that another product from a different product range can exacerbate.
- Be aware that up to 60% of what you put onto your skin is absorbed into your body. Blood capillaries just under the surface of the skin circulate the contents of your cosmetic products throughout your body. Some compounds are far more active when absorbed through the skin than when taken orally which is why some drugs are administered via skin patches. You should choose your skin care products with as much care as you choose the food you eat.
For more info on natural skincare, check out page 42 in the August issue of Essentials. And for more on The Victorian Garden skincare, go to www.thevictoriangarden.co.za.