Best Skincare Products: Going Natural

Skincare is an essential part of not only your overall beauty, but your overall physical health. The skin is the largest “organ” of the body, and provides essential functions. Namely, protection, as it acts as the external barrier between the outside world and your body. Although the skin is good at repairing itself and keeping its surface well taken care of, day to day wear and exposure can lead to issues, and different skin types will experience different types of problems.

Products for Cleansing

Aloe calming face cleanser by the Body Shop is a mild, calming lotion cleanser, not a soap, which aims to provide routine cleansing to sensitive skin. For people whose skin reacts negatively to the harsher ingredients found in soap, or with allergies to detergents found therein, the aloe line of cleansers is probably the best for you. Possibly most important of all, the Body Shop’s aloe face cleanser is a made by fair, organic trade with the Gaustatoya farmers in Guatemala, who are compensated appropriately for their labor. This is contrary to many company practices which encourage outsourcing to underpaid factories in other countries, where their day’s wages may be less than a single unit of the product they manufacture.

On the other end of the spectrum, easy to find and cheap to buy soap based cleansers may be what you’re looking for in a skin cleanser. Purpose skin cleanser by Johnson and Johnson is hypoallergenic, will not clog pores and relatively mild and gentle. This may be for those with more standard skin not sensitive to harsh detergents. Not all of this line is soap based, and they are much more affordable than other facial cleansers.

Products for Scars Treatment/Moisturizing

Bio oi is a relatively “natural” product made up of simple ingredients, including: lavender oil, calendula oil, chamomile oil, and a few other extracts. It is an oil, so it can easily stain clothes, but unlike other oils, it is relatively light, and is absorbed by the skin more quickly. It is not greasy and is very good for the skin. It can be used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy or other times, and is also decent to use to keep stretch marks from worsening, although it does not eliminate them entirely. It nourishes and moisturizes skin, so it is most effective at preventing scars rather than eliminating them. It can, however, decrease the appearance of scars and stretch marks over time as it nourishes the skin.

Cocoa butter is derived from cocoa, the same seed used to make chocolate (which is made from cocoa butter and cocoa powder). This fat based substance is great for treating severely dry skin, and can also be used to treat unsightly scars. Although very little can be done to try and eliminate any scar topically (scars are mostly permanent), cocoa butter can do wonders for the skin and to reduce the appearance of scars. It accomplishes this through its fatty makeup, which is reportedly able to penetrate many layers of skin.

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