According to a We Are Social survey, 25% of the consumers polled reported a preference for eco-friendly skincare brands and products. Even when you actively seek out natural and vegan products, you may not be getting the products that are best for your skin. Let's take a closer look at a few ingredients that are best avoided.
1. Citrus Products
The clean and refreshing aroma of citrus products like orange, bergamot, and lemon makes them enticing. If you're drawn to products that contain these ingredients, you're doing your skin a disservice. Unfortunately, products containing citrus ingredients can cause irritation when they're exposed to air and light. Even more worrisome is the fact that these products can increase sensitivity to sunlight and cause sunburn. In spite of their amazing scent, it's best to avoid any products containing citrus derivatives as a main ingredient.
Has your search for the best skincare products led you to an avalanche of products all containing lavender? While the scent may be relaxing and calming, you may be getting more than you bargained for when you use products that have lavender as a main ingredient. In addition to its pleasing aroma that conjures images of Provence, this ingredient also contains linalyl acetate and limonene. Again, once they activate with the air and light, these two ingredients can cause some problems. Irritation and skin sensitivity are the main issues, along with increased chances of sunburn. You can keep your soothing lavender bath salts, but you'll have to move on from applying lavender products to your skin.
3. Witch Hazel
This is another common natural ingredient that's long been thought to be beneficial to your complexion. In addition to the irritation-causing eugenol, witch hazel is typically distilled in alcohol before being added to products or bottled for sale. You wouldn't apply rubbing alcohol to your face because of its drying properties, and the same holds true for witch hazel. As disappointing as it may be to have to let go of some favorite ingredients and products, your skin will definitely thank you in the long run.
If you're looking for natural skin care products that improve, rather than hurt your skin, you've come to the right place. We know our stuff. Contact Camellia Alise, LLC today to learn more about our beauty ethos and how to source our natural and vegan products.