By Emma Raho – Staff Writer
At Sans Pareil our first choice will always be skincare that is gentle, as natural as possible, and made from sustainable ingredients and packaging. However, as with anything, there are some enduring myths about natural skincare that we’d like to put to bed.
The Myth – Nothing natural can hurt you or your skin
The Truth – You can absolutely be allergic to even the purest, most natural ingredients to exist. Deadly nightshade, water hemlock, even arsenic are all totally natural but I wouldn’t advise eating them or putting them on your skin. A lot of people insist natural = automatically safe, but they clearly didn’t fall in a ditch full of stinging nettles at the age of seven and a half and it shows. With any new product you should be patch testing to make sure it doesn’t have any adverse effects no matter how natural the ingredients are.
The Myth – Chemicals are bad and you should avoid them at all costs.
The Truth – Everything in existence is a chemical, that’s just science. What you should avoid is harsh, abrasive or potentially harmful chemicals. These can be found in both natural and synthetic products. The only real way to tell is by reading unbiased research – scientific, peer reviewed papers. Not random websites or promotional material put out by companies trying to sell to you – and becoming familiar with which ingredients to avoid and which to gravitate to.
The Myth – All skincare marketed as natural or organic is the same.
The Truth – Unfortunately greenwashing is rampant among the skincare market. Greenwashing is the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice. Greenwashing can make a company appear to be more environmentally friendly than it really is. Advertising a product with orange oil, tea tree, honey or countless other key words gives the impression of “naturalness” but a quick look at the ingredients list soon reveals the truth. We can’t stress enough how important buying products based on what they actually contain is over being seduced by pretty images of mountain streams and apple trees.
The Myth – Natural products don’t work very well
The Truth – Skincare has come along in leaps and bounds meaning the organic stuff is no longer the ultra expensive, weird smelling, off white slime it once was. In recent years we’ve seen natural brands really come through with amazing, effective, and reasonably priced products that do an amazing job. If you haven’t tried a natural product for a while I recommend that you do, you’ll be glad you did.