What are natural skincare products?
“Natural skin-care products are all about being as ‘pure’ as possible, without the added chemicals and fillers that allow a product to maintain a longer shelf life,” Idriss explains.
“Natural is a very loose term,” says Dr. Lal. “There is no standard definition for natural when it comes to skincare. In general, however, natural skincare products are made with mostly plant-derived ingredients. Natural doesn’t always mean safer. Remember, poison ivy is natural but is highly allergenic.”
Do natural moisturizers work better?
“There is no evidence to support natural moisturizers work better than traditional moisturizers,” says Dr. Lal. “The moisturizer that works the best is the one you use on a daily basis.” Nevertheless, many people prefer natural moisturizers. “There are many patients who prefer to have naturally derived products because they lack ‘chemicals.’ Often, chemical agents in skincare products act as preservatives or stabilizers to keep the products safe for a period of time. I warn patients that many natural moisturizers use fragrances or other oils such as lavender oil, which are scented and can be irritating. There is a notion that natural means safer, and that is not always the case,” says Dr. Lal.
Which natural ingredients do you recommend?
“It is important to look for ingredients that are generally regarded as safe,” says Dr. Lal. “These include aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, cocoa butter, grape seed oil, and Argan oil.”