If you walk down any drug store aisle or hop online, you can find a plethora of
natural beauty items or health supplements that supposedly help you to feel and be more radiant. There are still some serious safety concerns, but obviously the marketers hope you will never find out about those. The government has tried to crack down to a certain degree, but there are always those paid off in the higher echelons of the government to try to squash that kind of movement.
Just because something is labeled as being
natural doesn’t mean that it is guaranteed to be safe. The idea of being natural isn’t even strictly defined. It has no requirements, especially when it comes to cosmetics. As Dr Shari Lipner, dermatologist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City puts it,
If you go to the FDA’s website, they don’t have a definition of natural. There’s no regulatory definition in cosmetic labeling. I think people probably think natural means that it’s derived from plants, and they think it’s somehow healthier, but that’s not necessarily true.
There are some products that are
natural that rely on certain essential oils that are safe. There are some that may even be better for your skin. For example, tea tree oil is not as harsh on your skin as benzoyl peroxide. But don’t swallow it. Ingested internally, it can be toxic. There are others that are less dangerous, but don’t assume anything unless you know the particular ingredient.