Do you know what is good for you when it comes to natural skincare?
Take our quick quiz to test your knowledge.
1. You can tell a skincare product has parabens by reading the label.
2. Chemicals put on our skin won’t be absorbed into our body.
3. The FDA approves all cosmetics for safety.
4. The benefits of certified extra virgin olive oil in skincare products are:
a. Oleic acid is 1% higher than in regular olive oil making it more effective for trapping water into your skin.
b. Includes Polyphenols which are antioxidants. When absorbed into our skin, they combat free radicals, preventing them from doing damage.
c. Closer in chemical structure to the skin’s natural oil than any other naturally occurring oil.
d. All of the above
5. Fragrance should be avoided in skin care products.
6. I use a moisturizer with sunscreen.
7. There are natural skincare products that can repair damaged skin.
8. What can a licensed aesthetician do to help me with my skin? Check all that apply
a. Provide skin exfoliation, massage, aromatherapy and facials.
b. Analyze your skin type.
c. Prescribe medications.
d. Provide recommendations on skin care products.
Answers to the Natural Skin Care Quiz
1. a. True. Parabens are chemicals frequently used in cosmetics and care products to prevent bacterial growth. These chemicals seep into the skin and repeated exposure has been linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive problems and immune-system deficiencies. On the ingredients label look for pamethylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben or butylparaben, or better yet, choose products that are labeled paraben-free.
2. b. False. Studies show that chemicals are transported from the outer surface of the skin into both the Inner layers of the skin and into the bloodstream.
3. b. False. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, cosmetic products and ingredients do not require FDA approval before they go on the market.
4. Answer: d. Certified extra virgin olive oil is at it’s purest form, loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, and one of the most effective ingredients for hydrating the skin. Regular olive oil goes through a synthetic process therefore only giving you half the benefits.
5. a. True. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture, and among those commonly used are Phthalates. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the most common allergens. Choose fragrance-free skincare products to avoid exposure to these chemicals.
6. b. False. We don’t believe that sunscreen should be included in your moisturizer. You’re moisturizer should be the first product applied to your face or body. Because 60 to 80% of it will be absorbed into your skin we don’t recommend it being mixed with your sunscreen. Sunscreen should be used as the last layering of your regime or if included in with any skin care item we would recommend it to be mixed in with your foundation.
7. a. True. With the right ingredients and care you can repair your skin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, ingredients such as retinoids (chemical compounds derived from vitamin A), peptides (smaller proteins that stimulate collagen production), and growth factors (compounds that act as chemical messengers between cells and play a role in collagen production) have the ability to repair skin damage from sun exposure or other toxic chemicals. Because the Food and Drug Administration does not verify claims made by skincare and cosmetic firms, check the label for ingredients such as these that have been scientifically proven to repair skin.
8. Answer: a. b. d, b. Licensed estheticians can be found in beauty salons, resorts, fitness clubs and spas. An aesthetician receives specialized training related to beauty and skin care can provide noninvasive skin care treatments such as facials and exfoliation. They can help you understand your skin type and what ingredients and products will work best for you. For serious skin problems you should see a dermatologist, a medical doctor who can prescribe medications for conditions such as acne, rosacea, or other skin problems.
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