"The average person slathers, lathers, rubs and sprays, 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day - and since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier, we absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to." (Source: Manon Verchot, treehugger.com) Eek. That's a lot.
We believe that when it comes to the fundamentals in life such as getting enough sleep and looking after your body, Nature knows more than we all do. What's more - we just don't want to go bed covered in chemical nasties. All Kiss the Moon products are 100% natural and powered by plants chosen for their amazing ability to work on our senses and our skin.
Here are four reasons why we believe that, when it comes to skincare products, natural is best...
Natural is cleverer There's so much that we still have to learn about natural ingredients and without 100% knowledge it's impossible to know how to recreate and tap in to their powers in a way that the body can use. Natural oils are a great example. Basic moisturising lotion is basically oil emulsified in water (with alcohol added to help with evaporation and chemicals to help with the emulsification). Regular brands then usually add a dose of parabens for preservation, artificial fragrances (to improve the smell) smell. Finally there's a good chance there's a a dose of petrochemical-based emollients (to soften and give the impression of smoother skin) or humectants (to enhance water absorption) and maybe so thickening agents. All these additions mean that chemically, lotions tend to be long complex chains that the skin can't absorb - so they sit on the surface rather than being absorbed in to the living, layers underneath. Plant oils, on the other hand, are similar to the kind of oil that your skin produces naturally. Their simpler chemistry means they are more easily recognized and absorbed by the skin without clogging pores and can bind moisture to the skin while strengthening skin cell membranes. Choose the right blend of oils and you can influence things like skin-softening ability and the product's texture and aroma through natural means. An all together better option we believe.
Natural is kinder Products made from conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact. The manufacturing of chemical-heavy health and beauty products puts those chemicals, and many more, into the air and water, and even more go down your drain in your own home. When ingredients for natural health and beauty products are farmed and manufactured (especially those produced organically), fewer chemicals are put into the air and water.
Natural is gentler Artificial additives in skin care products and makeup are more likely to cause redness, irritation, and breakouts, especially if you have sensitive skin. (Have a read of this list of the 'Dirty Dozen' ingredients to avoid - written by davidsuzuki.org.)
Many natural products are gentler on the skin than their conventional counterparts because they don't contain unnecessary fillers or irritants. It's also fair to say that while some less natural products may seem to give more immediate results, over the long-term, the artificial chemicals that made your skin feel cleaner or softer can build up over time and may cause a reaction later down the line.
Natural is safer Parabens are used in conventionally produced health and beauty products as a preservative to extend the shelf life of products. Parabens, however, had a substantial amount of bad PR. They are synthetic formulations that mimic your body's natural hormones. Many people worry that this can alter the functions of your body's endocrine system. Artificial ingredients like parabens may help a product do one thing well, but there could be possible side effects that are still being uncovered. Natural health and beauty products use natural preservatives, such as tocopherol (from wheatgerm), that won't affect your body. It is true that while some people have allergies to a few natural ingredients, the effects are much more understood than the ones from synthetic ingredients.
Find a detailed ingredient list for everything we make on the products pages at kissthemoon.com