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November 17, 2021
Self-care is a catch-all phrase that means many things to many people. Whoever you are, and whatever self-care means to you, choosing the products and methods involved in your self-care routine carefully is paramount.
Taking care of your physical and emotional wellbeing cannot be underestimated and every culture has its own age-old traditions for self-care practices. One typical consistency that many past and present self-care practices share is the inclusion of natural ingredients and traditional methods.
It is often the simplest of products that contain minimal ingredients that will serve you the best. There is a reason why age-old skincare methods have remained popular for centuries, and it is because of their quality, natural ingredients.
One of the main benefits of using natural self-care products is that they are of excellent quality! You can feel the difference in the way the creams and lotions smell, the natural textures they have and the way they make your hair and skin feel after using them. The luxuriousness of brands such as L:A Bruket and Neighbourhood Botanicals is reflected in their beautiful design, the wonderful all natural scents and the way they make you feel with consistent use. Once you have used high-quality and natural self-care products, you will never go back because, as they say, the proof is in the pudding.
As well as this, lots of the core ingredients in organic or natural products have been used for an incredibly long time; in some cases, evolving from ancient remedies. There is certainly no better test than the test of time and the long-term appeal of natural ingredients prove this. In addition to this, self-care products from small brands are a lot less likely to use filler ingredients to bulk out their products. They don’t bulk out their packaging, either! Natural self-care brands often use recyclable materials for their bottles and recycled cardboard for their boxes.
It may come as no surprise that natural products are better for the environment than synthetic products. One of the most important reasons for this is that the chemicals which come from synthetic products run the risk of seriously harming both animals and the environment. If any synthetic chemicals seep into the ground, they can damage nearby ecosystems over time.
Another concern is that the level of large scale manufacturing involved with some skincare or self-care products creates excessive stress on the environment. This is because the extraction of certain ingredients, such as aluminium, requires extensive mining. Alternatively, using natural and renewable ingredients doesn’t involve anything on this scale.
In comparison to products pumped with chemicals, natural products are of course going to be much better for you. This is because the ingredients contained within natural products are much safer than those produced by the petrochemical industry. If the ingredients are natural, they are, ultimately, beneficial and more likely to have positive effects.
Many people struggle with sensitive skin and this can be a real issue when using synthetic products. This is because they can be incredibly harmful to the skin causing anything from redness to allergic reactions. Problematic ingredients to look out for include parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, propylene glycol, and triclosan. This leads on to our next point...
It’s pretty staggering how many manufacturers still test on animals; often some of the biggest names in the industry. The positive thing is that natural product manufacturers forego animal testing, and the entire process of making the products will not cause any harm to other living beings.
This is why natural products are regarded as much more ethical than many synthetic brands as buying naturally and sustainably sourced products is much kinder to the environment and to yourself.
At USTUDIO, we supply a varied range of high quality, beautifully created and sustainable self-care products including Tangent GC, L:A Bruket, Triump & Disaster and Neighbourhood Botanicals. Feel free to browse our extensive collection today or pop into our store located on Gloucester Road in Bristol.