Natural Skin Care Products vs Synthetics

There are many resources on the web about the type of skincare you should be using, and they often have conflicting opinions.  It’s hard to navigate what’s true and what’s not, and what’s actually the most beneficial and safe.  We’re breaking down the top five myths about all natural versus synthetically produced products.

Myth # 1 Something made with chemicals is always bad for you.

Truth:  All matter is made of chemicals – water is a chemical.  Saying something is a “chemical” does not make it dangerous.

Myth #2 Something made with natural ingredients is inherently good for you.

Truth  Petroleum is natural and you wouldn’t want to ingest that or apply it topically.

Myth #3 Synthetic ingredients are bad for you.

Truth Synthetic does not mean “un-natural”, it simply means that the ingredient was created to mirror its original source without a company behaving in an environmentally irresponsible way to obtain it.

Myth #4 All natural ingredients are sourced more responsibly than their synthetic counterparts.

Truth Just because an ingredient comes from nature doesn’t mean it is sourced in an environmentally responsible way.  Manufacturing minute amounts of a skincare ingredients naturally found in plants can require harvesting and processing acres of that plant.  Synthesizing that ingredient in a lab can create exactly the same molecule that functions in exactly the same way on your skin, while preserving those natural resources.  In other words, your skin doesn’t know the difference between natural and synthetic versions of the same ingredients.

Myth #5 All natural ingredients have botanical origins.

Truth Many common skincare ingredients are actually derived from animal sources.  For example, hyaluronic acid has amazing hydrating benefits, but naturally comes from the combs of roosters.  That molecule can be created synthetically in a lab and provide the same hydrating benefits without risk of animal cruelty.

Cloud Nine Skin and Body Care carries products that meet the important criteria one should consider when choosing facial creams and serums:  safety and results.  To learn more about how to have the most youthful, healthy appearance and long term skin health, get started today with an email to us at or call 415.655.9769.