Today natural skin care is a new concept for most of the population however it has actually been around since the 4th millennium BC in China and the Middle East. Ancient Egyptians are also considered pioneers of many skin care treatments.
There has been a shift in recent years for products which are nontoxic to our bodies as well as the environment we live in, and that are not tested on animals. Natural products fit this bill. Manufacturers of all sizes are beginning to listen and act on this new consumer demand however the true pioneers of this new trend are the small “ma and pa” businesses, many of which started out as home based business.
The definition of a natural skin care product is one which uses botanically sourced ingredients currently existing in or formed by nature. Natural skin care products lack synthetic chemicals and are manufactured in a way that preserves the integrity of the ingredients. The products are made from natural ingredients such as herbs, flowers, fruits, and essential oils to name just a few. Typically natural skin care products combine these natural substances with natural preservatives, humectants, various emulsifiers and a variety of surfactants including natural soaps, oils and even pure water.
Many individuals are turning to natural skin care products especially with the rise in allergies and skin sensitivities. The added attraction to these products is that they are not all size fits all, the natural ingredients are combined in such a way to treat very specific needs.