First, it is important to avoid things like phthalates, paraben, mineral oils, alcohol, chemical preservatives, and synthetic colors and dyes. Sometimes the packaging label will state that the product contains none of these. Otherwise, you must read the ingredients label yourself to make sure they are not in the formula.
Organic natural skin care products should also be labeled as hypoallergenic, meaning not likely to cause an allergic response. Moreover, it is a plus if the product was formulated without animal testing.
Second, find out what the ingredients are that are provided to improve the appearance and health of your skin. This is where a good herbal skin treatment should be superior. Let's take a look at an example and see what this means.
A quick look at a product called Vitality Anti-Aging Serum shows a list of several herbal ingredients. The key components all have one thing in common, which is shared by all herbs. They all contain antioxidants, including a class of plant natural products called flavonoids. Furthermore, different herbs provide additional kinds of antioxidants. Here is what we know about the key herbs in the Vitality Anti-Aging Serum.
- Angelica root contains an extra class of antioxidants called coumarins. A 2013 study at the Chonbuk National University Medical School in South Korea showed that the coumarins of angelica root inhibit a key process that leads to skin damage from UV radiation.
- Radix Polygoni Multiflori (“root of Polygonum multiflorum”) is known to contain stilbenes, which are yet another class of antioxidants. In 2002 scientists at Hanbat National University in South Korea discovered that these stilbenes have a significant ability to scavenge radicals.
- White peony produces a certain type of antioxidant called paeoniflorin, which is unlike flavonoids, coumarins or stilbenes. In 2006 South Korean scientists at LG Household & Healthcare, Ltd., showed that this then newly discovered herbal cosmetic ingredient has a powerful anti-wrinkle effect, particularly on facial skin.
- Green tea is one of the most well-researched rivers on the planet. It contains flavonoids and other antioxidants, the most powerful of which is EGCG. More than 180 studies have been published on the benefits of EGCG for skin. These include the ability to inhibit the formation of scar tissue, to protect against DNA damage by UV light, to reduce the breakdown of collagen, and to promote wound healing.
As you can see, even a cursory glance at these ingredients in the Vitality Anti-Aging Serum gives you a good idea of what you can expect from this product – ie, healthy, good-looking skin. Also keep in mind that this formula fulfills the criteria for what you do not want in your natural skin care products. There are no synthetic ingredients, mineral oils, or alcohol. After all, these are the kinds of chemicals that would threaten the benefits that you want from the herbs in the formula.