First and most of all, natural skin care products are much safer for us since our skin quickly absorbs mostly everything we put on it (to be exact, up to 60% of what you put on your skin will be absorbed into the bloodstream).
Natural skin care products are tested and tried and they have been around for centuries. Synthetic skin care products are being tested constantly on animals and then used by people.
In a May 2007 Issue, The Baltimore Sun states that, more than 200 chemicals -- many found in urban air and everyday consumer products -- caused breast cancer in animal tests (according to a compilation of scientific reports published today).
Writing in a publication for the American Cancer Society, researchers said that reducing exposure to these compounds could prevent many women from developing the diseases. The research team from five institutions analyzed a growing body of evidence that links environmental contaminants to breast cancer, the leading killer of U.S. women in their late 30s to early 50s.
Some of the harmful ingredients that are often used in most common non-organic skin care and make-up items are:
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
- Polyethylene Glycol
- Polyethylene ethenol
To be fair, not all synthetic skin care products contain dangerous ingredients, but if you are not an expert, it is hard to determine which ones are toxic. Thus, using a 100% natural skin product eliminates this decision all together. However, finding all natural skin care products can be a wearisome task. The rule of the thumb is to look at the list of preservatives. If the product is using a natural preservative, you can assume the product is to be completely natural. The other way, and probably the safest, is to make a totally natural skin care product yourself. Here is a great article on Determining the 'Naturalness' of a product.
In conclusion, one way to reduce your exposure to chemicals is to use organic natural products. And as a final thought, don't put oils on your skin that you wouldn't put in your mouth.