“Natural” vs. “Chemical”? We cringe.
“Natural” vs. “Chemical”
Often, a new client will ask if we use “Chemical” vs. “Natural” products. This is a cringe worthy question for any science based Skin Therapist. Why? Well, because the two terms are not mutually exclusive. Potentially, an ingredient completely synthesized in the laboratory could have less reactivity, then a raw, unprocessed plant derived ingredient. A “natural” product can have just as many comedogenic qualities as its “Chemical” counterpart. The answer most are looking for with this hastily worded inquiry is the ORIGIN, TOXICITY and/or PURITY of a product or ingredient.
- Origin of ingredients can be PANT/BOTANICAL, ANIMAL or SYNTHETIC
- Toxicity is determined by each ingredient’s Bio-chemistry.
- Purity lies in the grade of ingredients used as well as the recipe’s use of fillers.
Salicylic Acid is a great example:
Often, products marketed as “natural” will use the term “Willow Bark”, while clinical branding uses “Salicylic Acid”. Willow Bark synthesized with Wintergreen oil creates Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is a powerful tool in the treatment of skin ailments, Acne and inflammation. The bark of this plant must undergo a chemical reaction to become Salicylic Acid. A natural plant naturally transforms when it organically mingles with a specific natural essential oil.
Is that product “natural” or “chemical”?
It is a natural, plant based product even after having gone through a chemical reaction.
The question to ask: “What is the origin?”, “Is it toxic?” and “How Pure?”.