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Natural & Organic Skincare
The desire for natural and organic skincare has been growing rapidly over the last few years with the Soil Association reporting a 14% rise in the sales of natural and organic products since 2018.
But what is natural? It has become common belief that natural skincare equals chemical free but actually everything is a chemical – even water! Therefore products free from chemicals do not exist. Instead, the term ‘natural skincare’ means that there are no synthetic ingredients, which are ingredients produced in labs and instead includes more of the amazing ingredients found in nature.
Organic skincare are products which contain at least 95% organic ingredients. These ingredients have been grown without using herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilisers or anything genetically modified. Certified organic products often contain higher levels of antioxidants, are sustainably sourced and protect wildlife and biodiversity.
It’s also important to remember that not all natural ingredients are beneficial. The experts at Paula’s Choice say some organic, natural ingredients can cause ‘significant skin sensitivities that build up over time’. Ensure your natural, organic skincare contains skin-boosting ingredients to reap the benefits of a clean and green skincare routine. One brand leading the way in organic and natural skincare is Pai, which utilises the most effective ingredients from nature to target all skin concerns.
If you want to add more natural and organic products to your skincare routine, check out our recommendations below for your skin type:
Natural Skincare for Oily and Acne Prone Skin
A common misconception in people with oily and acne prone skin is that they should avoid applying oil based products to the skin. This actually makes your sebaceous glands produce more oil as they go into overdrive. Try the REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Oil which will leave you hydrated but not greasy, and it also includes ingredients such as brown algae to soothe any irritation from acne. A great option for a face mask for oily and acne prone skin is the Sukin Oil Balancing+ Charcoal Anti-Pollution Facial Masque, which uses bamboo charcoal to absorb excess oils.
Natural Skincare for Dry Skin
Dry skin is crying out for high-quality, hydrating ingredients. Look for products high in avocado oil, shea butter and jojoba oil, which are high in antioxidants, protecting against the environmental causes of dry skin. They also protect the skin against moisture loss, improving the skins ability to lock in that all important hydration. Try Antipodes Divine Face Oil with key ingredients which protect from moisture loss such as shea butter and honey. It also is rich in vitamin E which is an antioxidant that can prevent signs of ageing. Follow this with the Sukin Facial Moisturiser to lock-in the oil. It contains hydrating and skin soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera, jojoba oil and rosehip oil.
Natural Skincare for Combination Skin
Combination skin is simply having dry skin in some parts of your face and oily skin in the others. Try to use products which are not harsh or irritating as these will further dry out dry patches and stimulate excess oil production in oily places. Try using a gel based cleanser such as REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel as this will hydrate your skin whilst cleansing without stimulating too much oil production.
Natural Skincare for Sensitive Skin
For people with sensitive skin, key ingredients should be calming, soothing and non-irritating. Rosehip oil is a powerhouse for sensitive skin as it contains phytoserols, compounds which are key in calming the skin. It also contains fatty acids which replenish the skins vital barrier, repairing it from previous damage. Try Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil for a super-concentrated oil which also improves skin firmness and elasticity. Pair it with Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser which has a creamy formula due to its high oat-derived amino acid content which cleanses, soothes and softens the skin.
Natural Skincare for Normal Skin
Normal skin can enjoy all the benefits of natural ingredients in their skincare routines. A basic skincare routine if you have normal skin should include cleansing, moisturising and using SPF. We recommend Evolve Beauty Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanserwhich contains hyaluronic acid that boosts the skin moisture content and defends against moisture loss. This cleanser also contains pomegranate extract, which is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that protect against the signs of ageing and brightens the skin.