Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and makes up about 15% of your total body weight. That’s why it’s so important to be careful when it comes to what you’re using in your skincare regime. If your lotion is loaded with parabens, for example, then you’re slathering yourself in a harmful chemical that your body absorbs through your skin. More and more people are hopping on the trend train with natural skincare for this reason. If you’re looking for a completely natural skincare option, all aboard!
From the Sea
One of the latest developments in natural skincare that has caught on is using plant-life and minerals from the ocean. Water-based algae like seaweed, kelp, and spirulina are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and peptides. The very nature of algae and underwater plant life- that is, that it’s born of water- makes it an excellent all-natural ingredient for moisturizing and conditioning the skin; hydration is perhaps the most important aspect of skin care. If that sounds far-fetched, hey, just ask the mermaids! They’re stunning!
From the Garden
Plants from the sea aren’t the only ones making an appearance in skin and beauty products. The vitamins and properties in many nutritious, whole foods are being extracted to be made into natural skincare, with fabulous results. From pineapple enzyme scrubs to to mint masks, food-derived ingredients are both beneficial and abundant. Fruits and veggies do wonders in your diet, so the logic in skincare is clear here; they’ll do wonders topically as well. If you eat it, chances are you can wear it!
From the Earth
Fruits and veggies are full of skin-positive nutrients, but without the minerals from the earth, plant life wouldn’t even exist. With that in mind, some people skip the food-based component all together and dive straight into the earth-based products. Mud and clay masks have been around for quite some time, but specific varieties have become used increasingly. Bentonite clay, fuller’s earth clay, French green clay, and many other varieties have become quite popular among naturalists for their detoxifying properties, among other benefits.
People have become much more conscientious of animals, the earth, and more natural means of living in recent years. In fact, the aforementioned trend train may not be a trend at all, but a shift in society’s lifestyle. Here’s hoping all natural living will help restore the world’s- and your skin’s- equilibrium!
Written by Ali Bowen.