'Bad skin' is a cause of concern for many of us and the effects of bad skin can have ripple on consequences. Is a skin care regime a waste of time? Should you opt for a natural option or do you need something more harsh in order to see the benefits? What else could be contributing to skin issues? These questions are best asked in consultation with a dermatologist. But for now, let's debunk a few myths...
'Skin care is a waste of time'
Your skin quite literally faces the elements every day – wind and cold in winter, UV and heat in summer, and a combination of both in autumn and winter! Throw in the naturally occurring hormonal changes inside your body that affect your skin and it's a no brainer – skin care is very important! Not just for the current look and feel of your skin but for its long term health – so start early. And doctors will back this up!
You don't have to include a billion products in your skin care regime. Just pick a few that work for your skin (and consult a dermatologist if you're unsure).
'Most skincare contains chemicals, and if it doesn't it must be ineffective'
There have been studies into the effectiveness of natural, botanical ingredients. For example, Green Tea extract has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in human skin.1
The Botany Essentials brands all use natural, botanical ingredients with no sign of any nasty chemicals. The botany naturals range utilises highly potent plant extracts. These plant extracts have active and clinically proven properties within them including anti-oxidants, amino acids, minerals, collagen supporting and anti-inflammatory properties.
The botany aromatherapy range contains natural plant aromatics derived from leaves, grasses, herbs, spices, wood and flowers. There are no synthetics, no sulfates, no artificial colours, no synthetic parfums or fragrances, no animal ingredients.
'If I have a skin care regime, all of my skin problems will go away'
For the best results, skincare products should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Research has found a significant association between diet and some dermatological diseases.2 If you are experiencing skin issues, it is worth consulting with a dermatologist to find the best solution for you.
1 M. Lupo and A. Stallings, Practical Uses of Botanicals in Skin Care, The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2009, 2(1), https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2958188/
2 S. Desai and R. Katta, Diet and Dermatology – The Role of Dietary Intervention in Skin Disease, The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2014, 7(7), https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4106357/