Keys for Smart Natural Skin Care

Choosing skin care products labeled “all natural” over other products on the shelf that do not make that same powerful claim, may or may not make a difference to your skin. If you really want to get smart about natural skin care, you need to know more than just the clever marketing slogan for the products you choose.

First, realize that skincare enthusiasts should not necessarily assume that an “organic” or “natural” ingredient or product is inherently safer or more effective than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient. In fact, “natural” ingredients may be more susceptible to contamination and bacterial growth.

The bottom line: Some (but not all) synthetic ingredients are to be avoided, as are some (but not all) natural ones.

Natural Ingredients to Avoid
In particular, natural ingredients may look good on the label, but some of them are known for their tendency to cause irritation. Some natural ingredients to avoid include:

  • Alcohol
  • Ground up nuts
  • Clove oil
  • Angelica
  • Fragrance
  • Oak bark
  • Balm mint oil
  • Wintergreen
  • Witch hazel
  • Marjoram
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Fir needle

Helpful Natural Ingredients
On the other hand, there are many helpful (and delicious) natural ingredients that you should definitely look for, including:

  • Clays
  • Chamomile
  • Honey
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba oil
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Soy
  • Willow herb
  • Green tea
  • Acai oil
  • Mica
  • Oats
  • Vitamin E
  • Chocolate
  • Argan oil

Other Tips
Natural skin care isn’t just about the products you use. It’s also about your lifestyle habits. If you are trying to increase the health and appearance of your skin, see where you stand on these behaviors, and then try to incorporate all three of them into your daily routine.

Drink pure water. If you don’t already have one, install a water filter at home and carry filtered water with you.

Exercise enough to glow. You don’t need much, but you do need it every day. Half an hour with brief spikes in intensity is all you need to boost your skin’s health.

Kick the sweet tooth. Sugar leads to high levels of glucose and insulin in the blood, which have been associated with acne breakouts.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.

Skip These 7 Skincare Myths

Attempting to preserve radiant, glowing and youthful skin can often be a tricky road. There’s so much information out there that it can be difficult to tell what really, truly works. And the worst result is when something that’s generally accepted as good for your skin is actually pretty bad.

To help sort through the clutter, we spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. They helped us determine the skincare “advice” that you should probably avoid at all costs.

#1 Hypoallergenic Means Good for Sensitive Skin
In truth, the claim “hypoallergenic” on a product has become a bit of a buzzword and actually isn’t regulated or tested in any way. In fact, some hypoallergenic products even seem to cause allergies, so it’s best to not use this phrase as the determining factor when choosing products.

#2 Higher SPFs Mean More Sun Protection
The SPF, or sun protection factor, only measures the protection against UVB rays. But the sun also produces harmful UVA and UVC rays, too. A broad spectrum sunscreen is a better choice.

#3 You Should Stay within a Skincare Product Family
There’s a feeling of consistency when you choose products in a family line, but the reality is that they may not all be formulated the same to work well for you. Some picking and choosing is fine as you’re choosing the products that work best.

#4 Natural Always Means Good for Your Skin
Like organic or hypoallergenic, natural is another skincare buzzword. And while some natural products are great, plenty of natural ingredients, such as coconut or citrus, are natural skin irritants.

#5 People with Oily Skin Should Avoid Oily Moisturizers
If you have oily skin, your inclination might be to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. But people with oily skin can dry it out and cause blemishes and irritation just like everyone else. A regular moisturizer is still an important part of their daily routine.

#6 Lavender Is Great for Irritated Skin
Speaking of natural ingredients, lavender has long been touted as a good one to soothe the skin. Unfortunately, some people become more sensitive to the sun as a result of using it regularly, which can lead to even greater problems.

#7 Tanning Beds Are Fine to Use
This myth has been around for some time now, but unfortunately it’s just not true. The bottom line is that tanning beds can be every bit as dangerous as the sun.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.