Natural vs synthetic skincare – Which works better?

Natural vs chemical-based skincare – which do you prefer? I have been thinking about switching to “natural synthetic free” beauty for a while. After all, looking at other spheres of life – fresh food ingredients vs junk food, water vs juice – synthetic =bad. Natural=good. So does the same apply to skincare products?  I am torn around this entire area, as in my head, natural doesn’t equate to potent?

For example, Retinol vs Rosehip. Surely Retinol, one of the strongest synthetically produced skincare products with proven results can’t compete against its natural equivalent?  Retinol is pegged as one of the best anti-aging products that actually work. With the advent of affordable lines such as The Ordinary Retinol 1% and the more gentle The Ordinary Retinol Granactive Retinol 2% it has become much more accessible and with a lower price point to boot.

Another firm favorite of mine is Glycolic Acid. It is one of the most effective rapid exfoliators available and is another anti-aging superstar. The best glycolic acid products on the market are the Pixi Glow Tonic, and The Ordinary’s Glycolic acid. These products really do work.

But what are all these supercharged chemicals doing to my skin longterm? Am I damaging it? For example, the side effects and misuse of retinol and AHA acids are quite scary when you look at them.

Within the next couple of months, I am going to go “natural” and ditching all my preservative laden skincare ingredients. I will be getting my glycolic acid fix from its original derivative – sugar cane and trying out 100% natural oils famed for their anti-aging properties to see if 100% natural skincare really does work.

What are your thoughts? Do natural skincare products really produce results vs their synthetic equivalents? What are the products that have worked for you?



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