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How natural is your natural skin care?

by Susan Parker March 31, 2016

How natural is your natural skin care?

As with anything that becomes popular and sought after, in our case skin care, there are a number of ways the new popularity can distort the once noble intention. Once something has ‘legs’ its interpretation can take many forms.

As someone who is a pioneer of modern natural skin care, having started 20 years ago, I find the claims of newer natural products to be somewhat inauthentic. It’s easy to claim natural, add a few botanical extracts, and voila, a new product is born; but how does the whole help nourish and care for the skin?

 To be fair, there are a number of synthetic chemicals that are not all that harmful to the skin and body. They help make oil and water into creams, smooth formulas, hold products together and plump the skin. But they are far removed from the plant they are claimed to be derived from.

 And, in my experience, these accepted “natural” chemicals cause problems with the skin of some of the population. People come to me having tried a natural product and still, their skin is acting up. A little sleuthing usually turns up some of these ingredients that are more laboratory than garden.

 Not everyone is so sensitive and many can tolerate these compounds, but consider the long-term health of your skin. Over time, this non-natural skin care diet can age rather than enhance the health of the skin by adding unnecessary stress. Yes, your skin knows the difference!

 A recent testimonial for the custom facial oil attests to the benefits of a purely plant based product:

“I have spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to find the best skin products for me. After a long, unsuccessful journey I finally found Solum and Herbe. These products are fantastic, especially the Custom Facial Oil. It helped clear my blemishes and even out my skin tone within 10 days and continues to work great.” 

How to find these truly natural brands takes testing and reading labels. All products must be labeled with their ingredients on the back. If the list is in very hard to read type, white on pale blue for example, that can be a tip off that they would rather you not think about what’s in their product and enjoy the pictures of plants on the box. A previous blog Understanding Skin Care Labels can help you decipher what you’ll find in the list of ingredients.

 At SOLUM&HERBE Apothecary we are all about happy skin, and happy skin wants a good clean diet, both inside and out!





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