Synthetics versus nature
On a daily basis, we encounter a lot of synthetic substances: washing, cleaning and even breathing synthetically refreshed air. We are so accustomed to cleaning agents that it is difficult for us to imagine life without them. It is similar with conventional cosmetics we apply daily on our body to purify, nourish and moisten it. Unfortunately, along with the beneficial ingredients we also apply a lot of chemicals - preservatives, scents, washing substances and other synthetic ingredients, the effects of which are not always clear and not necessarily beneficial.
For example, parabens, widely used in cosmetics, have been connected to various ailments relatively recently. It is similar with popular "suds" - sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and a milder substance related to it - sodium lauryth sulfate (SLES). These ingredients - present in many washing cosmetics - give a beautiful foam and effectively remove grease and dirt. Unfortunately, they may also interfere with secretion of sebum, change the skin's natural PH, irritate the skin or cause allergies. There are many examples of such substances contained in cosmetics; as it turns out they are not beneficial to any type of skin. So, a question arises:
Why do we need all those chemicals?
“Synthetics” are willingly used by manufacturers due to their price, effectiveness and spectrum of effects. Thanks to them, cosmetics with a nice texture, which are not greasy, which foam perfectly, which are beautifully fragrant and long lasting are achieved. Apart from that, in production it is easier to use synthetics than what is offered by nature. They assure effects and with nature it is often necessary to wheel and deal to obtain similar effects, e.g. preserving using oils or plant extracts. Manufacturers cannot allow themselves the risk of introducing to the market a product in which microorganisms have developed, therefore they reach for synthetic preservatives. On the other hand, we are only starting to get to know the long-term impact of synthetic substances on our health.
Meanwhile, we reach for another beautifully packed cream or shampoo. For days, months, years… we provide our skin not only with nutrients, but also with numerous chemicals which get into our body through the skin. Is this right? Maybe it is worth introducing at least a small change in our daily habits to be healthier now and later? What would such a change involve?
Nature constitutes an alternative solution.
Our skin reacts best to what is natural, plant-based or mineral-based. Such products have been used for ages and therefore their properties are very well-known. Natural cosmetics cooperate with our body perfectly, they are safe for health, and their use brings long lasting results - unlike synthetic substances, which often produce short-term effects, and in the case of prolonged use, they worsen the situation.
In nature, we will find remedies for all imperfections of the skin. Our great-grandmothers rubbed their face with chamomile extract to soothe irritated skin, and strengthen their hair with a nettle tint. They knew the whitening power of horseradish or parsley, they also knew about the refreshing and moisturizing properties of cucumber. In old Japan geishas used finely ground rice powder and communities of the ocean islands used coconut oil which improves skin condition. While, in ancient Rome first scrubs made of olive oil and sand were used. Egyptians have taught us how to soothe and nourish the skin with natural oils from fruits and plants.
All ancient cultures contributed to natural cosmetology. Former recipes from our native sites and other parts of the world are a real knowledge pool for our chemists developing cosmetics. The development of science and technology has made it possible for these old recipes to be refined – reject what is harmful and leave what is beneficial. Thanks to them, we can create effective and safe cosmetics that treat the skin perfectly and restore its natural radiance.
What are natural cosmetics?
Natural cosmetics are produced exclusively from substances derived from nature, they are not tested on animals and they do not contain harmful or irritating synthetic substances. Natural cosmetics are much less likely to cause allergic reactions or irritation. If such a reaction occurs, it is an effect of sensitization to a particular ingredient (e.g. chamomile or eucalyptus) and it usually passes off quite quickly.
A great advantage of such cosmetics is the fact that they stimulate the skin's physiological functions and support the natural processes that take place in it. In other words: our skin can regenerate itself or adjust the level of sebum production; natural cosmetics must only support it, instead of relieving it or fighting it! Long-term natural care will restore skin balance and its effects are more durable, visible and perceptible. You need to wait for them a little, as our skin needs time to activate its own restoration processes often disturbed by improper care.
We invite you to read our blog which will soon be available on the ECOCERA website. You will find out more about natural cosmetics and ingredients which are used in our products.