I’m sure you’ve seen the claims. “100% holistic skincare”, or perhaps “100% pure skincare”. Are these claims a big con or is there something worthwhile behind them?
In my view there’s some powerful reasons for today’s woman to use pure and holistic skincare. One of the best reasons is that the skincare and cosmetics industry has no requirement to submit their products to a regulatory or government body to show that the ingredients are safe. And so there are many suspect ingredients in modern skincare products. Pure skincare products are safe, and effective.
However whether you’re looking for pure skincare products, or holistic skincare products or cosmetics that are made from totally natural ingredients, you need to understand a couple of things.
Firstly, what does “natural” or “holistic” or “pure” really mean? It isn’t possible to use 100% natural ingredients in any skin care product, and in fact that shouldn’t be the goal of any cosmetics and skincare product manufacturer.
Any ingredient that is natural should be naturally occurring, for example is derived from plants. However it isn’t possible to actually use that ingredient in a skincare product unless it is processed in some way, because it needs to be 卸妝好用 taken out of the plant in which it is found and put into a form that is usable in the product, and that requires some form of processing.
However just because it has to undergo a form of processing to extract it from a plant does not imply that it is no longer effective or safe. And it also doesn’t disqualify it from being “natural” or “holistic” or “pure”. It just means that it has to be processed.
So there isn’t, in effect, a 100% pure skincare product, or 100% holistic skincare product available.
Is this an argument to justify buying any old skincare product? Absolutely not. There are some quite nasty ingredients in many of the mainstream big brand name skincare and cosmetics products on our shelves. The companies that manufacture these are not required to prove their safety before they are used in cosmetics, and many should be avoided. Parabens, Dioxane and Diethanolamine are just 3 ingredients found in various skincare and cosmetics products that are considered to be less than safe. And in some cases are suspected of causing cancer. Or skin irritation, for example.
So although there is no 100% pure skincare product on the market, there are excellent natural skincare products available. Yes they use ingredients extracted from plants by a form of extraction process, but these ingredients are tested and proven safe and, particularly, effective skincare ingredients. Something that cannot be said about many mainstream skincare products and cosmetics that so many people regularly use.
Here’s a few ingredients that are fairly considered to be natural or pure ingredients and can be found in the best “holistic” skincare products, or “pure” skincare products.
Phytessence Wakame. Extracted from a seaweed native to Japan. This seaweed is a form of kelp and is commonly found in the Japanese diet, one of the reasons the Japanese seem to have such good skin right into older age.