You might have heard about plant-based lifestyles in recent years, from our diets to skincare products. Plant-based lifestyles may seem to be a trend, but they can have many benefits for your health, including promoting healthy skin. Plant-based skincare is made from only ingredients that come from plants, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts and herbs.
These plants are packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients which support healthy skin, strong hair and nails. Beauty is all about finding the right balance between what goes into your body, what goes on it, and how well you care for your body.
Know what you are buying: ORGANIC vs. NATURAL
If you’ve seen products that advertise “all-natural” or “100% Organic”, it means they are made with 95% of ingredients that come from plants. All ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, genetically modified organisms, or petroleum-based fertilizers.
Natural products, on the other hand, are those that come from natural sources and do not contain any synthetic compounds. The word natural, unlike the term organic, is not regulated on product labels. This means that a product may be labeled natural but contains up to 30% synthetic ingredients.
It’s crucial to use only the best raw ingredients and work with trusted companies to create a product rich in health benefits. For many reasons, some brands may not be able to obtain the USDA organic certification. However, that does not mean that their products do meet similar or even higher standards.
How Plant-Based Products Benefit Your Skin
There are many benefits to using plant-based skincare products.
By fighting free radicals, antioxidant-rich skincare products from plants can help restore and strengthen the cells of your body.
Vitamins in skincare products made from plants are essential for maintaining healthy skin. They can also help to reduce signs of aging and support cell repair.
Essential fats and acids can have a variety of benefits for the skin, including helping to reduce acne, dryness and oiliness. They also help to smooth out scars and increase skin elasticity.
Hydrocolloids are a naturally occurring polymer that gives plant-based skincare a natural texture, without harmful petrochemicals.
Natural lipids and esters support the skin’s natural barrier of defense to protect, smooth and repair. These substances are used to hydrate and condition the skin.