15 December 2010

Hints on Picking a Good All Natural Moisturizer

A natural moisturizer should be free of synthetic chemicals, petroleum products, dyes and additives. But that is not always the case. There is no legal definition for companies to adhere to when selling lotions or creams. They could be using the safest and best ingredients, but you won't know until you read the label.

Reading the label of ingredients doesn't come naturally to many people. Even people who have experienced allergic or adverse reactions sometimes fail to take the step.

One reviewer wrote about how she always tests a product for several days, before using it on a large portion of her body. She could save herself the trouble if she would learn which ingredients are common allergens or irritants and always look for them on the label.

Anyone with sensitive skin should avoid creams or lotions bearing warning labels. If they should not be used on broken skin, they should not be used period.

The ingredients in a natural moisturizer could cause allergic reactions, because many allergens are naturally occurring. Balsam is derived from tree resin and is commonly included in lotions, because of the fragrance, but it does cause allergic reactions.

A natural moisturizer should not contain thimerosal or other artificial preservatives. But most companies insist that the inclusion of an artificial preservative is necessary for long shelf-life and to protect us from exposure to rancid oils.

The better companies know that vitamin E is an effective preservative at specific concentrations. They include it in all of their products. Synthetic vitamin E is cheaper, but not as effective.

Neomycin is commonly used in topical antibiotic ointments, deodorant and other cosmetics. It is a frequent cause of allergy-related contact dermatitis, which is accompanied by redness, inflammation and irritation.

The typical natural moisturizer contains added fragrances like rosewater or lavender. Those fragrances can cause reactions, too. It's best to avoid products that include the word "fragrance" on the label of ingredients. The chemicals falling under that vague term number in the thousands.

Irritants include polyethylene glycol, sodium laurel sulfate, ketones and alkali. Although plant extracts are usually non-irritating, certain plant extracts can increase the risk of sun damage. The Psoralens found in tanning accelerators are examples. They are derived from plants, but still cause problems.

You are probably tired of reading about the bad ingredients by this time. So, let's look at a good natural moisturizer.

The key ingredients in moisturizers should be oils from seeds, nuts or pits. Grapes, the Shea nut and olives provide us with the fatty oils that protect against moisture loss.

To improve the skin's ability to retain moisture, we need a healing formula. Functional Keratin is one of the formulas with proven effectiveness for improving the skin's ability to retain moisture, something that is normally lost with age.

Keratin is a protein naturally present in the skin's cells. Functional Keratin is the same active protein found in the skin. It was carefully extracted from sheep's wool to help create an effective natural moisturizer with anti-aging activity. If you look for that and avoid the rest, you'll be in good shape.

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