In a world where we're bombarded with an overwhelming number of skincare products that promise to turn back the clock and leave us with youthful, radiant skin, it's easy to get swept up in the hype.
But thankfully, more and more people have become aware of the damaging effects from using products made with toxic chemicals - including parabens. phthalates, formaldehyde, fragrance, mineral oil, BHT, and aluminum - just to name a few.
These chemicals have been linked to a range of health problems, including cancer and premature aging. In fact, the FDA has only banned 11 cosmetic ingredients since 1930, while the European Union has banned over 1,300.
This is why it's crucial to switch to natural skincare. In this article, we'll explore the many benefits of a natural skincare routine and provide tips on how to create one that's tailored to your individual skin type.
WHY YOU NEED A NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTINE
A good natural skincare routine:
Helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin.
This is important to keep your pores clean and to avoid breakouts. Instead of harsh chemicals, a good natural skincare product uses ingredients such as White Kaolin Clay that gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin without pulling the natural oils out. Cleansing organic saponified oils are also used to clarify and hydrate.
Hydrates your skin, keeping it plump and glowing.
A good skincare routine includes oil-based products designed with ingredients rich in antioxidants, known to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles while amplifying the skin's glow and preserving its moisture barrier.
Protects your skin with sunscreen, blocking the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Any good skincare routine includes the application of sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Instead of the toxic chemicals used in commercial sunscreen, natural products contain ingredients such as Red Raspberry Oil to absorb the sun’s harmful energy before it penetrates the surface of your skin.
NATURAL SKINCARE BENEFITS
It is important to first state that there is no regulation of the term “natural skincare” or “clean beauty”. For that reason, we caution you to always read skincare labels to find out what is really in the skincare product you are buying.
At Primal Life Organics, when we use the term “natural skincare”, we are referring to products that are free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and made of 100% natural botanical ingredients.
When choosing natural skincare, sourcing is important to ensure the quality of the end product. At Primal Life, we have the highest brand standards, sourcing our ingredients from U.S.A. family-owned, GMP, FDA, and Organic certified manufacturers. Our ingredients are pesticide-free, non-GMO, and organic, and every ingredient and product goes through 3rd party testing to ensure you get the highest-grade product.
We have such strict standards because it is important to us that your products are not only safe, but that they have the highest efficaciousness possible.
Using premium quality natural skincare products has many benefits, including:
Natural skincare products have ingredients that can help improve the overall health of your skin.
For example, Rosehip Seed Oil, an ingredient used in Primal Life Organics Beyond Moisturizer, is a great source of omega 3, omega 6 and contains natural Retinoic acid (Vitamin A acid). It is used to regenerate the skin and reduce scars.
Natural skincare products cleanse and detoxify your skin better than synthetic products
Our skin’s physical barrier weakens when our pH becomes imbalanced due to stress, diet, and oxidative stress. Commercial cleansers and moisturizers contain toxic or harmful ingredients that can weaken your skin barrier even more.
Using natural products made with organic essential oils improves your skin’s barrier while rebalancing its pH and its natural oils. It deeply cleans, and removes impurities, makeup, and dead skin cells without over-drying or irritating the skin.
Natural skincare products are better for you and the environment
Unlike commercial skincare products, which are often loaded with synthetic chemicals, natural skincare products are made with organic and plant-based ingredients that are gentle on your skin and don't have harmful side effects.
Organic and plant-based ingredients don't harm the environment. On the other hand, commercial skincare products contain chemicals that can be harmful to marine life and contribute to water pollution.
Additionally, the production of commercial skincare products often involves the use of harmful chemicals and the emission of greenhouse gases, which have a negative impact on the environment. By choosing natural skincare products, you can protect your skin and the planet.
KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE
Before starting a natural skincare routine, you need to know your skin type. This will help you choose the right products for your skin. There are four main skin types: normal, dry, oily, and combination.
The key to managing oily skin is to keep it balanced and free from excess oil. Truth be told, most people with oily skin use products that are too harsh, in an effort to “dry it out”. Unfortunately, this causes the overproduction of oil, making your skin even oiler.
Instead, you should use a gentle oil-based cleanser that will remove dirt and oil without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Following up with an oil-based serum that boosts your complexion, removes toxic build-up, and eliminates excess water from the tissue, will keep your skin balanced and looking healthy.
Dry skin is caused by the loss of water from your skin. The top layer of skin is made up of dead cells and natural oils, which help trap moisture to keep your skin soft and smooth. But if there’s not enough water in this top layer of cells, dry skin can result.
The key to managing dry skin is to keep it hydrated. Using a hydrating cleanser will remove dirt and makeup without drying out your skin. Applying an oil-based serum and/or moisturizer, will help lock in moisture.
Combination skin can be caused by genetics, the environment, hormones, and even the wrong skincare products.
The key to managing it is to find a balance between keeping your skin hydrated and preventing breakouts. You should use a gentle cleanser that will remove dirt and makeup without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Then follow up with an oil-based serum that has ingredients that hydrate as well as provide the essential nutrients your skin needs, to keep it balanced and free from breakouts.
Normal skin is balanced. It’s not too dry or too oily. Your goal when caring for normal skin is to maintain balance while giving your skin the nutrients and hydration it needs to stay healthy and glowing.
You should use a gentle oil-based skin cleanser and an oil-based serum that contains ingredients like Arabica coffee seed oil, collagen protein, and argan oil to keep your skin hydrated without feeling greasy. At night, it is recommended that you can also add a rich, highly concentrated, nutrient-filled serum that combines the most potent oils and vitamin C rich ingredients to nourish and revive your skin.
5 PILLARS OF HEALTHY SKIN
To truly have the healthy and glowing skin you want, you must first understand the components of healthy skin. These components are essential to preventing premature aging.
There are five pillars of healthy skin that need to be maintained to keep your skin looking its best.
- Blood Flow: Ensures oxygen and nutrient delivery and removal of wastes. Keeps your skin healthy and young.
- Hydration (internal moisture): Essential for regenerating and hydrating skin cells while maintaining “firmness” and structure in skin tissue.
- Muscle Tone: 42 Facial muscles keep your cheekbones prominent, eyebrows lifted, and your face alive. Without daily exercises, the muscles atrophy, and facial tissues “droop”.
- Collagen: Keeps skin soft, firm, and smooth.
- Elastin: Gives skin its “bounce-back” and youthful firmness.
Seventy-five percent of your skin is composed of water and collagen. It is exposed daily to the harsh sun UVA and UVB radiation which results in age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
As you age, your skin produces less and less collagen, which leads to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and age spots. Most anti-aging products use fragments of hydrolyzed collagen-containing molecules that are too large for the skin to absorb.
Additionally, chemical-filled, commercial skincare products can cause premature aging due to the toxins they contain.
Using premium quality natural skincare products will give your skin the nutrients and hydration it needs to address the 5 pillars of healthy skin. And while there isn’t a cleanser or serum that will boost muscle tone, we have a solution for that (stay tuned!)
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS FOR YOUR SKIN
When looking for the right natural skincare products, you want to look for products that target the 5 pillars of healthy skin - increasing blood flow, improving hydration, rebuilding facial muscles, restoring collagen, and supporting elastin production.
Healthy skin is full, vibrant, and "bounces" back. Your skincare needs evolve as you age.
Ages 18-32: Your goal is to maintain your skin's internal structures into your future. Look for products with ingredients that support your production of collagen and elastin, deep penetration of hydrating oils, and improving circulation to facilitate better nutrient delivery and detoxification of the skin.
Our Glow Package is perfect for every skin type at any age. This 3 step system is designed to provide the vitamins and nutrients your skin needs while keeping your skin hydrated. This package contains:
- Detoxing Earth Cleanser
- Hydrating morning (Coffee Bean) and nighttime (Blu Berry) serums
- Powerful and revitalizing Sweet Revenge sugar exfoliator
Ages 33-45: Your goal is to rebuild and maintain the five pillars that are starting to decline. Blood flow, collagen, and elastin are decreasing and show up as age spots, yellow and sallow skin, droopy cheeks, tired eyes, and a dull complexion.
Adult acne can also result from toxic tissue build-up because less blood flow reduces waste removal. Dehydrated skin and muscle loss take its toll and show up as thinning and droopy skin.
Our Carrot Seed Package is designed for oily skin, but can be used for all skin types. Vitamin A-rich carrot oil, marula oil, bakuchiol, and rosehip oils are known to smooth lines, hydrate, and heal the skin. Carrot Seed is used to increase cell turnover, brighten skin, reduce inflammation, and tame breakouts.
Ages 46+: Your goal is to restore internal support and the five pillars. As your skin continues its journey, supporting the internal structures will maintain a natural level of hydration, circulation, muscle tone, collagen, and elastin. Look for products with ingredients that improve blood flow, collagen, and elastin and feed your skin the nutrition it needs so it wakes up tired, dull skin
Our Non-Surgical Facelift Kit is just what aging skin needs. Complete with our popular Earth Cleanser, Blu Berry and Coffee Bean Serum, and Sweet Revenge Exfoliator, your skin will have the vitamins, nutrients, and oils it needs to look bouncy and glowing.
The Primal Life Face Sculptor gives your skin an at-home “facelift” using a combination of high-frequency, ultrasonic oscillation technology and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to penetrate the skin by 4-7 cm.
The Face Sculptor features three treatment modes - Cleanse, Moisturize and Lift.
The ultrasonic vibrations from the Cleanse setting work to open up pores to remove dirt and impurities enhancing the shedding of aging skin and aberrant cells.
The Moisturize mode is designed to enhance the penetration of skincare products. The same ultrasonic oscillation that helps clear away impurities combine with an anion flow to help skin attract and absorb your moisturizer This helps your skin absorb moisturizers and serums more deeply, allowing your skin to stay moisturized.
LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST AT ANY AGE
The bottom line is, natural skincare products are not only better for your skin because it doesn’t contain toxic chemicals that prematurely age your skin, but when formulated correctly, they have the essential vitamins, nutrients, and oils your skin needs to remain youthful and fresh.