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Why choose natural skincare?

Your skin tells the world your age, environment and emotional wellbeing and many things attribute to how well or not so well your skin looks and feels so you should take care of it. Healthy skin is reflected from being healthy on the inside.

 

Eating well, incorporating as much fresh organic fruit and vegetables as you can, drinking plenty of filtered water, enjoying fresh air, exercise daily, wearing a hat when you are out in the sun and not smoking all contribute to healthier, happier skin. And looking after your skin using beneficial natural oils and extracts will also contribute to giving you fresh, healthy and beautiful skin.

 

Plants and humans are perfectly compatible, unlike their synthetic counterparts, which are often said to be more durable, economical and practical but do not have the same properties or effects as a natural product. Natural plant properties cannot be replicated.

 

It is also well known that some commonly used ingredients come with side effects that can include itchiness, dryness and even skin irritation.

 

When buying skincare, try to read the ingredients listed and avoid the following: 

    • Artificial Fragrance is one of the highest known causes of skin irritation as it typically contains alcohols and can leave babies with dry and irritated skin. Be aware that some products may state that they contain “calming lavender or chamomile” and you may very well find that it is lavender or chamomile fragrance that may cause dryness or irritation. These are synthetic copies of the scent found in nature as it is cheap replica of pure essential oils.

 

    • Soap can be very drying, particularly for babies and those with sensitive skin. Look for a moisturising soap free bath wash to use on your little one that is pH neutral.


 

    • Petrochemicals can cause irritation; an example is mineral oil, which has been well documented as leaving a layer like gladwrap on the skin. Research has shown prolonged contact with mineral oil has the associated risk of developing skin conditions**. Moisturising vegetable oils such as avocado oil, evening primrose oil and wheat germ oil are all very effective in keeping your baby’s skin nicely soft and supple. 


 

    • Some Preservatives, like propyl paraben, are known to cause skin irritations.


 

 

    • Harsh detergents are used to make a product foam to give you bubbles. For some reason we are falsely led to believe that we need bubbles to be clean. Some researchers believe that detergents such as sodium lauryth sulphate (including its sulphate cousins) and propylene glycol can strip your baby’s natural protective oils and they can be quite harmful, even carcinogenic.

 


Why pure essential oils?

 

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health, beauty and well being. The essential oils taken from plants are used in Aromatherapy and often described as the plants' "life force" - they are essential to the plants' biological process as well as being the substance which gives them their scent.

 

The benefits of pure essential oils on your skin and hair are many and varied, depending on the oil you use and how you personally respond to it as the response to pure essential oils is completely individual.

 

Make sure when you are buying products or oils that they are pure essential oils and not just fragrant oils, which are in fact synthetic copies of our natural scents.

 

Synthetic fragrance is one of the biggest causes of skin irritation. It takes approximately 200 chemicals to produce one scent and they certainly do not offer the same therapeutic benefits as a pure essential oil.

 

Be aware that some products may market themselves as containing "lavender" to calm or relax or other ingredients that you would associate with relaxation. This is often fragrance and NOT pure essential oil and does not offer the same benefits that a pure essential oil does.

 

GAIA Skin Naturals only uses pure essential oils to create our scents, in a very low percentage, and most of them are Australian Certified Organic.