What is Natural Skincare? What to avoid and how to stay safe?

by Deon Gaither

Day 1 of 7 : What is Natural Skincare? What to avoid and how to stay safe? 

So what exactly is natural skincare? Well it is defined differently by different people with different needs. At Miracle Naturals our definition of natural skincare is eliminating toxic ingredients that could be harmful to your health. We eliminate synthetic fragrance oils, parabens,Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which could potentially irritate sensitive skin. We use ingredients are naturally sourced and derived with no animal testing. We also offer vegan and organic ingredients from sustainable suppliers. Our goal is to provide the safest possible natural products  to give you healthy glowing radiant skin.


So what ingredients should you avoid? While not exhaustive you should look to avoid the following ingredients: 

Phthalates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Ethoxylated agents, hydroquinone, Aluminum compounds, formaldehyde, refined petroleum, talc, triclosan, silica and oxyenzone. 


How can I make sure to stay safe? 


Reading labels:
Make sure to start reading labels to make sure that you are satisfied with the ingredients. You can  check the ingredients against databases like ewg.org to make sure that the skincare is safe enough for your liking. 


Product Testing:
If you have sensitive skin make sure to start spot testing your products to make sure that you won’t have any adverse reactions. Start with using a small amount of product in a hidden area on your body like behind your knee or the inside of your elbow,  test the product for a day or two. If you don’t have a reaction then you can test a small part of your face like below your jaw line, test the product for a day or two and if you don’t have any reactions then it’s probably safe to use.

Don’t use too many products at one time.
If you are a product junkie, and are buying products from multiple companies it would probably be wise to not use different products all at one time. If the products cause a reaction you won’t be able to know which product is the culprit! Start with incorporating one product at a time for about 1 week to make sure that the product meshes well with your skin/ routine, if you see negative reaction then stop the product for a week, then restart it again, if you get the same results, then it is probably not safe to use on your skin.  


Homework: Check the labels on your skincare you have and review the ingredients against a cosmetics database to see if you are satisfied with the ingredients