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Natural cosmetics are fast becoming a cult beauty buy, but are they worth the hype? Is natural always better? Or can synthetic products do the job too? Learn more about natural cosmetics and whether they're good for your skin with this guide.

If you do want to make the switch to natural cosmetics, there are a few things you need to watch out for. Linda Collinson, who works for a natural skin care company, says that there are a few ingredients you need to avoid across all of your cosmetics and skin care products if you have particularly sensitive or damaged skin, such as:

  • alcohol
  • fragrance
  • mineral oil
  • formaldehyde
  • FD&C colors
  • phthalates
  • petrochemicals

These are likely to cause the most damage to skin and so you should really take care to avoid these ingredients. Collinson also says that all-natural skin and makeup products that you can make in your own kitchen are often better for your skin than anything you can buy - she recommends using lemon juice to bleach and lighten sun spots as well as a mixture of yogurt and salt to tighten and mattify oily skin.

If you do decide to switch to natural cosmetics, be sure to make the switch 100% to get the most benefits - there's no use in switching to a natural blusher if you're still using a synthetic foundation.

Always Read The Label

Regardless of whether or not the packaging says that the product is natural or organic, it's really important that you read the label. Steer clear of products that contain parabens, mercury, lead, pthlalates, dioxane and petrochemicals.

Look instead for products that have a relatively short list of ingredients with the most important ingredients at the top. The first ingredient is usually water, but that's completely normal. Colors and other preservative ingredients should be at the bottom of the list and ideally, the ingredients list should be less than 10 ingredients long. If you look at the label and you don't recognize any of the ingredients, that's when you know that the product is jam-packed with chemicals that aren't likely to be any good for your skin.

Not So Good Natural Ingredients

Natural ingredients and natural cosmetics are often a god-send for those with sensitive skin or specific skin complaints, but for some, cosmetics that contain all-natural ingredients could actually cause allergic reactions.

A recent study in the British Journal of Dermatology found that a number of popular cosmetic and skin care ingredients, including tea tree oil, lavender, jasmine and feverfew brought on allergic reactions, such as redness, rashes and swelling in some users.

If a product causes any sensitivity or allergy issues, whether it is natural or not so natural, you should cease use immediately - natural doesn't always mean better and if a natural product is causing allergies or sensitivity, you have to stop using it. Often, people think that if a natural product causes redness or other symptoms that it just means that the skin is getting used to the product. That's not true - if a product is good for your skin or if a product works well with your skin type, it will not cause any adverse reactions. If it does, throw it in the bin!

Do you use natural cosmetics? Or do you prefer to choose products based on your skin type? Let us know your thoughts!

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