Does Your Botanical Skin Care Contain These Scary Ingredients?

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Botanical skin care is, or should be, the future of the cosmetics industry. But how do you know that botanical skin care products are truly safe to use if you can't figure whether the ingredients that they are using are really all natural?

Let me see if I can give you a little information on the subject that helps you to better understand.

The reason that reading the labels of botanical skin care products can sometimes be confusing is that the manufacturers of cosmetics products have to list their ingredients by their proprietary names. This is known as the "International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Ingredients."

Because the manufacturers are forced to name the ingredients of botanical skin care creams by their international scientific classification, ordinary ingredients sound rather chemical-like. Rest assured, when you find out what most of these scarily-named ingredients are, you'll kind of see the humor of it.

Let's go over a few together:

Butyrospermum Parkii is used widely as an ingredient in botanical skin care products. You probably know it by its common name, which is shea butter. Shea butter is derived from the oil of the shea nut tree, native to Africa. It is widely used as a moisturizing agent, although it also works for reducing scars, blemishes, and brown spots.

Undaria Pinnatifida is a variety of brown sea algae, more commonly called Wakame. This algae grows in the Sea of Japan, and in a few other areas of the world. Many botanical skin care products contain the algae, because it has been shown to increase the level of protein - specifically hyaluronic acid - found in the skin.

Persea Gratissima Oil is the scientific name for avocado oil, and is found in many botanical skin care creams, as well as in many gourmet shops. It is an effective moisturizing agent, and it also stimulates collagen production. Avocado oil contains many nutrients that are necessary for your skin's overall health.

Simmondsia Chinensis is commonly known as jojoba oil or jojoba wax. Due to its powerful antibacterial properties, jojoba has been used for centuries for the purpose of healing cuts and scrapes . It has been proven effective as a treatment for psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Jojoba is excellent for use as a moisturizer, because it balances the production of your body's own sebum.

Botanical skin care products provide just about everything necessary in order to maintain - and sometimes improve - the health of your skin. Just be careful that you read and understand what the ingredients label is telling you before you actually purchase the cream.

Sometimes even natural products will contain an ingredient for which there was a better natural replacement.

I guess this brings us to the end of the article, and hopefully to a better understanding of why the names on botanical skin care products can sometimes appear to be something that they are not. Some of them weren't as scary as you thought now were they? Just be careful that you fully comprehend before you accept or reject a product.

Sherri Stockman is a Naturopathic Practitioner and avid researcher on natural ways of "turning back the clock." Visit her web site now at www.healthy-great-looking-skin.com to discover which anti aging skin care products she recommends.

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