Have you ever wondered how women made themselves beautiful, before the invention of commercial chemists and synthetic creams? They relied on natural skincare. Natural skincare is the practice of using products, which contain ingredients in their natural form – plant extracts, oils and butters – to care for the skin.
Why use products made from natural ingredients?
The short answer is that natural skincare can help you maintain your health and keep you looking youthful.
You see, your skin is the largest organ on your body, and products placed on your skin are literally absorbed into your body and blood stream. I always say the skin is the “stomach on the outside”. Many of us would not eat any of the chemically produced creams by mouth. Yet, when we rub it on our bodies, we are literally eating it through our skin.
But the alternative lies in products made from natural ingredients – they work in and with your body, to nourish your skin from through and through. Because they contain antioxidants, micro-nutrients and vitamins, they encourage balance and healthy cell development within your skin. Result? Beautiful and radiant skin.
But I Am Black …
Natural skincare products do work on black skin. They are especially important, because black skin is more prone to dark spots, acne, pimples, scarring and uneven tones. So, using skin care products laden with chemicals may actually worsen the afore-mentioned skin conditions.
What do you advise?
When looking for excellent skin care products
– remember to focus on the quality of the products
– read the list of ingredients and ensure they are from a natural source
– research – get out your phone and Google the name of the ingredients
– think of them as an investment – natural products are often more expensive, because of the excellent ingredients used. They also have shorter shelf lives, as fewer preservatives are used.
Annette Kallamu is the Director and Chief Skincare Formulator of Natural Skin Cuisine. She lives in London, is a registered midwife, holds an LLB and can be reached via www.naturalskincuisine.com