It's easy to go to the store and pick up whatever skincare products you've been using for years. Maybe this body wash smells nice or that lotion seems to get the job done in terms of moisturizing. But have you ever taken a look at the ingredient lists on your go-to skincare products? You may be appalled, or simply confused, by the complicated terms found on their labels.

Natural skincare products might seem like just another beauty trend, but they actually offer benefits to your health, your home, and the environment. The products we use on our skin absorb into our bodies and bloodstreams, and artificial chemicals or other harsh additives could lead to lasting health repercussions.

Synthetic ingredients to avoid in skincare products

We often think of good health as eating wholesome foods and exercising regularly, but it goes beyond that. Studies indicate that ingredients in mainstream skincare products could cause health issues, from sensitive skin breakouts to cancer.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is often found in shampoo and body wash, but studies have shown that it can lead to skin irritation by disrupting your natural skin barrier.

Parabens are another synthetic chemical to avoid. They mimic estrogen, according to the FDA, and are found in many moisturizers, shampoos, shaving gels, and more. According to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, parabens can cause excess or abnormal breast cell growth.

Synthetic fragrances are found in nearly every skincare product.  According to federal law, companies do not need to disclose the chemicals in their fragrance mixtures. Allergens and hormone disruptors are often among the list of chemicals.

A good rule of thumb when reading ingredient lists is this: If you've never heard of it, can't pronounce it, or it isn't naturally derived, then it might not be good for you. Always read your product labels before purchasing to get a better understanding of what's natural and good for your body.

The top 3 reasons natural products are the rockstars of skincare

Beyond keeping harmful chemicals out of your body, natural products offer additional health benefits. Check out a few of the most impressive positives of using natural skincare products.

1. Plants Pack Some Serious Moisturizing Power

Several big-name moisturizers on the market actually have drying agents in them that prompt consumers to use more than they need. Impressively, Mother Nature provides us several potent, active compounds that can be formulated into high-quality products.

Sunflower is one that you may not have suspected, but the fatty acids and vitamin E found in its oil can have anti-inflammatory and calming properties for the skin. Mint can help with acne because it's an astringent and reduces excess oil in pores. Many of us are familiar with Aloe vera for its healing properties; it also contains vitamins A, C, and E, which boost the skin's firmness and moisture levels.

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Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion is made with organic Aloe vera, sunflower oil, shea butter (another rich natural moisturizer), and other plant-derived components. Our lightweight formula nourishes skin all day without chemicals or that greasy, sticky feeling many lotions leave behind.

2. Skin Irritation No More

Everyone's skin is different, but in general, natural products are made in a way that promotes wholesome skincare because they don't include harsh synthetic ingredients that can irritate or harm the skin. Without any harsh chemicals or irritants, plant-derived products calm the skin and leave it feeling soft and moisturized using natural ingredients that support skin health.

Our natural body wash is made with soothing coconut cleansers and Himalayan pink sea salt to restore balance and purity to your skin. Rather than cleaning your skin with nutrient-stripping chemicals, our body wash nourishes the skin and replenishes moisture with clinical-grade natural moisturizers. The fragrances used are derived from plants, meaning they shouldn't cause irritation like synthetic fragrances often do.

3. Reduce the Effects of Allergies

Many fragrances and perfumes contain allergenic chemicals that can invade the sinuses or irritate the skin, according to research from Safe Cosmetics. Many scent combinations include solvents, stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, or dyes, and these ingredients typically aren't found on labels. Several chemicals could lead to allergies and worse health consequences, like butoxyethanol causing skin, eye, nose, and throat irritation or vinyl acetate causing upper respiratory tract irritation.

If you suffer from allergies, your skincare products could be one of the culprits. By switching to natural products, your allergies could improve drastically. Natural products are made from renewable resources that frequently contain valuable healing attributes.  For example, Shea butter is a natural skin cream derived from Shea tree seed that contains ample amounts of the skin boosting vitamin A.

We understand that millions of Americans have sensitive skin.  With this in mind, our organic lotion is fragrance-free to promote fewer allergy-related effects. Meanwhile, our natural body wash, like all of our other products here at Puracy, is naturally scented with fragrances derived from essential oils.  It's also loaded with Himalayan pink sea salt to restore your skin's balance. By using fragrance-free and naturally scented products, you may experience fewer allergy symptoms, including sneezing, itchy eyes, or a runny nose.

Making the switch to natural skincare products could leave you with healthier skin and fewer allergy- or chemical-related skin sensitivity issues. You'll also feel better knowing the products you put on your skin every day are gentle, effective, and natural. That peace of mind is yet another benefit of using natural skincare products.