There’s a huge green movement currently going on in the cosmetic and skincare industry. A large reason for this is the demand from consumers. Canadian consumers are particularly conscious about the beauty choices they make with over three-quarters of Canadian adults stating that they prefer natural skincare products. As firm believers in selfcare products that are natural, organic, and cruelty-free at Northern Beauty, we couldn’t be happier.
If you’re sitting on the fence about switching to all natural beauty products, then this article is for you. Read on to learn how natural skincare, bodycare, and haircare products are great for the earth and even better for you!
Environmental Benefits of Natural Products
Although skincare products are tested heavily (often on animals) to make sure they are safe for you to use, it doesn’t mean that their ingredients are good for mama earth. Harmful ingredients like petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, and parabens can enter the ecosystem when we wash or bathe while other nanoparticles from products can disperse even through air. To put how serious the problem is into perspective, chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate found in sunscreen threaten approximately 10 per cent of the world’s coral reefs simply because of the sunscreen that washes off swimmers in reef waters.
Additionally, many synthetic products use ingredients that are mined. Mining often involves the destruction of natural forests and animal habitats, produces a great deal of pollution, and in some cases deprives people of their lands.
Natural products, on the other hand, are derived from plants or animals (like beeswax) with care. As they are already present in nature, they don’t have the same detrimental effects that synthetic products do. Most natural products, like the ones at Northern Beauty, are not tested on animals.
Safe for Your Use
Although skincare products made from chemicals synthesized in laboratories are tested extensively, many actually have ingredients that can be harmful in the long run. Here are a few to look out for:
- BHT & BHA, used as preservatives, can cause allergies. Look for creams that use Vitamin E instead.
- Quaternium-15, 18, and 26 release formaldehyde when they come into contact with air. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
- Phthalates: These are commonly hidden under the term ‘fragrance’ and can cause neurological, reproductive, and developmental damage. Look for products that contain all natural essential oils and essences instead.
- Parabens, or ingredients ending in -methicone or -siloxane can play havoc with your hormonal system Avoid products with them.
These are just a few of many harmful skincare ingredients out there. Using products that contain natural or bioidentical ingredients helps you avoid these harmful substances and prevent health problems associated with such ingredients.
Northern Beauty’s Calendula & Oatmeal Aftershave Cream is 99.5% Natural, Vegan, Gluten+Cruelty-Free. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding, this is what one customer has to say,
“I have used many different after shaves. The Northern Beauty aftershave is the best I’ve used in well over a decade. It is also very effective at reducing skin irritation, now I can’t remember when the last time my neck was irritated.”
Beneficial for Your Skin
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It absorbs ingredients from the products you put on it. Natural products contain ingredients that are beneficial to your body overall, not just your skin. Think about it, ingredients like apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are safe enough to be ingested (we aren’t saying eat skincare products here!) while ingredients like eucalyptus oil have proven healing and therapeutic benefits too. To put it very simply, they are ingredients your skin recognizes at a primal level and knows how to reap benefits from.
Northern Beauty’s super nourishing Facial Elixir is packed with powerhouse ingredients like Pumpkin Seed Oil, Carrot Tissue Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil and more that care for your skin right from its lower layers.
Companies that make natural products care about the environment. That’s why they make an effort to reduce the impact of packaging waste too. Glass jars like the ones used in Northern Beauty’s Healing Hair Treatment are recyclable which means less waste crowding our overstretched landfills. By buying natural products with conscious packaging means you’re helping with the world’s waste problem too.
Shop natural, clean, and cruelty-free skincare products on Northern Beauty today and treat your skin to products it will love along with some bonus good karma points too.