Natural Beauty Products

Choosing the best for your skin type

With all the harsh chemicals and unknown additives in most skin care products, buyers are turning to natural skin care products for a better way to pamper their skin. Most products advertise as being chemical- and additive-free, but whether they are or they aren't, the real focus should be on whether these products actually work.

At-Home Remedies

There is no way to tell if the product you choose is actually 100 percent natural. The only way to guarantee a clean, natural product is to create it yourself. For irritated skin, mix 4 tablespoons of oatmeal with 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley. Massage the paste into your skin and rinse off after five minutes. For dry skin, mix together 2 mashed bananas with 1 tablespoon of honey. Let the mixture sit on your face for five minutes, and then rinse off.

From the Store

If you want to skip at-home remedies and buy a product, make sure you buy one especially for your skin type - dry, oily, combination or normal. The product should easily wash off, without leaving a film on the skin, and should make your skin feel cleaner and healthier. Many users recommend Cetaphil cleansers because they works well on dry skin and are additive free. But be warned: Cetaphil doesn't work well for removing makeup or dirt from the face.

It's important to read the label carefully to determine if a store-bought product is actually natural. Some companies market a natural line as an alternative to their regular line of skin care products that, while not completely natural, contain more natural ingredients. Other companies try to focus the buyer's attention on the natural ingredients, while downplaying the chemicals in the same product. Just remember: an item does not have to be 100 percent all-natural to have a natural label on the bottle.

To find a natural skin care line with all natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals, consider looking online for reviews, or at a specialty website like Sephora. A quick search of natural skin care products will reveal numerous hits - but most are sites trying to sell their wares, usually at a high price.

Consider this: if a product is all natural, shouldn't it cost the same price or slightly less than a chemical-laden product? If so, why do these websites charge $45.95 or more for an alternative to a $7 product in the drug store? Be wary of ordering products online, unless you have verifiable proof of their effectiveness and ingredients.

Instead of taking the risk, buy from reputable sources such as Avon or Bath and Body Works, who offer all-natural skin care products at a convenient price

By Jennifer Eblin