Shopping for natural skincare should be pretty easy, right? After all, as long as it has no chemicals or added “bad stuff” then it should be safe to use. But we hate to break it to you… it’s not as black and white as you may hope!
More often than not brands that claim their products to be filled with skin healthy ingredients are actually filled with “extracts” that have not been processed correctly. This results in a product that doesn’t contain that many active ingredients, and as such, would not do much at all to help your skin.
Not to mention, (due to the lack of verification methods in the cosmetics industry), knowing whether ingredients in your skincare and cosmetics have been produced with no pesticides or chemicals is becoming increasingly harder.
So what are you as a natural cosmetics consumer to do?
It all starts with transparency.
If you’re unable to find out much about a particular brand’s formulation process, this should send up a red flag. Here at Civilized Cosmetics we’re all about being open books as far as our production standards are concerned. Over 1300 ingredients have been banned for use in our products, we only use non-toxic safe synthetics and score 2 or lower on the EWG scale skin deep cosmetic database.
We also only produce cosmetics filled with effective, plant based ingredients that contain active ingredients that work to bring results without the burden of added chemicals.
Out of all the ingredients we use, the following 7 feature heavily in our range and you’ll soon see why…
7 Key Plant Based Ingredients We Use At Civilized Cosmetics
Green tea is a superstar ingredient, especially when applied on your skin and lips due to it’s incredible healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Environmental stressors, especially sun exposure is a constant in the struggle against aging, but with the help of green tea, your skin cells will be rejuvenated, detoxified naturally, and collagen improved.
The vibrant elderberry is more than just a superfruit, it comes jam packed with free radical fighters ready to keep your skin young, and radiant. You’ll also see benefits of using elderberry infused skincare if you suffer from scars and unwanted breakouts.
For particularly parched skin and lips, chamomile is one of the best plant remedies as it works by replacing old skin tissue and replacing it with new, healthy skin. In the dry, cold months when chapped lips are more prevalent, chamomile protects the skin against the elements and while it’s analgesic properties help to soothe the burn caused by broken skin.
Used as a natural preservative, kaolin (also known as china clay), is a naturally occurring clay brimming with the kaolinite mineral that works to keep skincare and cosmetics fresher for longer naturally by preventing microorganisms from growing. Commonly used in face masks, lip products, and cleansers, kaolin has exfoliating properties that help to get rid of old skin cells.
A favored ingredient in many lip balms and lipsticks, vitamin E is well known for protecting the skin against dry weather conditions. This moisturizing and antioxidant rich ingredient also protects the skin and lips from damage caused by free radicals.
A far cry from the artificial flavorings usually found in lip care products, unsweetened vanilla flavoring gives our products a pleasant smell and flavoring, without the addition of chemicals.
The natural flavoring of plumeria plant extract is another wonderful addition to natural cosmetics and lends a gorgeous tropical scent to products it’s being used in. Not only will the smell draw you in, plumeria is filled with many other benefits and actives that combat aging, tissue damage, and collagen depletion.