Q: Do natural creams really work?
The most enduring myth surrounding natural skin care products is the widespread misconception that although they may be milder for the skin, they are actually not as effective as the synthetic products that are available, e.g., from pharmacies. The truth is that natural cosmetics have a long-term, in-depth effect on the skin even though they rarely produce immediate, spectacular results that are visible after the first use. Cosmetic products that are based on synthetic ingredients are never as effective, and can even prove harmful to human skin if used over a longer period.More >>
The plant-derived active ingredients that are used in natural skin care products have diverse properties. They can effectively promote regeneration of the skin and moisturize, stimulate renewal, heal, nourish, relax or tighten the skin. The human body selectively uses the ingredients it most needs to restore health, balance and give the skin an attractive appearance. There are a wealth of plants and minerals in the natural environment and, therefore, we can select the most suitable ingredients that most effectively meet the various needs of different skin types.
Skin care products that are formulated with plant-derived, active ingredients are highly effective on account of the similar nature of the biochemical processes that occur in plant cells and the cells of the human body. As in humans, the metabolic processes in plants consist of interactions amongst enzymes, minerals and vitamins. As in humans, the release of free radicals can also be observed in plants. To counteract this process, plants make use of flavonoids, vitamins and other antioxidants. When these substances are introduced to the human body they will act as they do in plants. For instance, antioxidants will condition skin cells, boosting their energy and vitality. Active ingredients derived from living organisms (plants) are better tolerated and absorbed by the human body than “foreign” synthetic substances.
Moreover, plants are cocktails of active ingredients that are perfectly blended with one another in optimal proportions. Unlike synthetic ingredients, they are not separate compounds. Consequently, they are recognized by skin cells as a single balanced energy source consisting of components that complement one another. These components act synergistically and can significantly increase the life span of cells. For instance, a body sculpting cream enriched with coffee extract is more effective than a cream formulated with synthetic caffeine.Less >>