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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Natural Skincare Products

When buying natural skincare products, it is easy to get distracted by the great smells and pretty packaging. Marketers have gimmicks influencing you to buy a product without knowing its truth. But do you want to let that happen when purchasing skincare?

Many brands like DRhauschka are completely honest about the ingredients in their products. They want their customers to use good products made with high-quality ingredients.

However, it is always best to do a background check on the skin care products you are buying. So listed below are all the things to look out for to ensure that you only buy what is best for you.

1.     Avoid buying natural skincare products in a plastic or clear glass bottle

Natural products from brands like DRhauschka have to be kept away from the light. Exposing them to the sun could degrade their ingredients, like minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that make our skin feel good. And it can also reduce their shelf life.

Plastic is generally bad for the environment and is not the best material to contain natural skincare ingredients. If you purchase oil-based products, stay as far away from plastic as possible. The oil will lead to the degradation of plastic over time.

2.     Stay away from droppers!

Yes, droppers are cool and exciting, but you must avoid them at all costs!

Every time you use your product, the dropper introduces oxygen to it. This leads to your product’s shelf life decreasing sooner than it should. In some cases, it could even become harmful to your skin.

Over time, it is common for rubber droppers to degrade. This usually happens when they are in an oil-based formula. Getting a product with a pump would be the better choice as it minimises oxidation.

3.     Don’t believe in the “Preservative-Free” marketing.

You’ve heard it right.

While there are numerous safe preservatives today, you can’t trust them. There are some requirements for water-based products, and not using them is more harmful to your skin than synthetic preservatives. This is because water is a breeding ground for mould and bacteria.

So, what you can do is, use water-free skincare products. You can look into oil-based serums and powder-based masks. Also, ensure that liquid products like toner do not include preservatives.

4.     Don’t purchase a product based on its scent or colour

Why? Because when you do that, you usually pay for premium inactive ingredients like irritating fragrances and colourants.

Fragrances in skin care are a big NO-NO. They do much more harm than good. And while essential oils can benefit your skin, always use them in limited amounts. What you should do is purchase products based on your skin’s needs.

In a Nutshell

Natural products don’t contain pesticides, fertilisers and harsh chemicals. They aim to be sustainable and reduce harm to wildlife. All products have a label stating what its made up of.

Despite what the label says, you must check the product’s ingredients. There should be a section on whether it is clinically proven and evidence to support it. You can look for seals like Biologique (EU certification) and BIO (German certification) sea.

Other things to look out for would be terms like “free of synthetic dyes and fragrance” and “free of parabens.” Though they do not mean that the product is 100% chemical-free, it’s a good start towards using natural skincare products.

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