Aromatherapy is extensively used in beauty and aesthetic treatments to aid relaxation, rejuvenation, revitalisation as well as skincare and beauty treatments. Essential oils are widely used in beauty products. The use of pure essential oils in skincare allows the user to experience the benefits of Aromatherapy. The biggest problem is that cosmetic companies promote essential oils as an active ingredient in their products, but are actually only used in tiny amounts. This prevents users from experiencing the full benefit of essential oils. Thus, causing users not to trust the efficacy of essential oils.

What are the benefits of using essential oils in skincare?

  • High antiseptic properties
  • Helps remove old dead skin cells
  • Stimulates the growth of new cells
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps eliminate waste
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Regulates the production of sebum
  • Reduces the impact of emotional stress

What are natural skincare preparations?

The term natural, when used in skincare, implies that the product is safer and more environmentally friendly.

Let’s take a look at why people opt for natural skincare products:

  • Effective and empirically proven: Plants are well researched for their effectiveness and their complex chemical nature gives them active properties on the skin.
  • Safer: There is definitely a perception among most of us that plants or natural ingredients are safer for the skin and just our health in general. This is both true and untrue, because each person is different and it also depends on the ingredient.
  • Accessible: Plants are extremely easy to use and are easily accessible. We can literally grow plants in our garden and harvest them to make DIY skincare preparations at home.
  • Living in harmony with nature: When plants are grown, harvested, used and disposed of, the harm to the environment is minimal in most cases.

Why are some people sceptical about using synthetic skincare ingredients?

  • Skin sensitisations
  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Detrimental long term effects on the skin
  • Systemic effects
  • Toxicity
  • Carcinogenicity

Reactions to cosmetic ingredients can be seen in the form of skin irritations, allergic contact dermatitis, or contact urticaria. It is critical to understand the possible adverse effects of cosmetic ingredients. Always make sure that you do proper research on both natural and cosmetic ingredients. It is important to remember that authors and product companies may be biased so do extensive research before choosing what you apply to your skin.

What makes a skincare product effective?

Whether an ingredient is plant-derived, petrochemically derived, natural or synthetic or derived from any other substances it is always important to consider the following:

  • Have the most suitable ingredients been selected to formulate a skincare product?
  • Have the most suitable ingredients been selected correctly based on the various skin types or conditions?
  • Are the ingredients of the correct quality?
  • Do the ingredients enhance one another or do they actually just inhibit one another’s effects?
  • Have these products passed through the highest possible hygienic processes?
  • Are the ingredients freely visible on the packaging?
  • Is the manufacturer transparent with the products?
  • Are the ingredients used at high enough concentrations to actually provide the benefit it has claimed?
  • Are there full descriptions on how to use the product correctly?

So the bottom line is that you might think that natural is better and it generally is, but companies are not always forthcoming about their products and what may be inside them. Don’t be naive to false claims which are often made by these companies. We are often blinded by something being ‘natural’ that we forget that it might not be as legit as we think. So it is crucial to make sure that you research the products you are using extensively.