Can Skincare be Both Natural and Scientific?

The desire for organic products has grown over the years. Consumers are becoming wary of chemical names they can’t pronounce and ingredients whose side effects they’re unsure of. So they’ve been turning to organic food and  natural skincare products.

Unfortunately, lack of understanding leads some consumers to believe that all chemicals are bad for them. In reality, many of the ingredients in skincare come from natural sources. A great selling point to offer new clients interested in skin treatment is that there are a variety of natural ingredients in your products.

Many people assume that chemical exclusively means synthesized in a lab. While some ingredients are enhanced or created by science, many have been created by nature. Sharing this information can be beneficial to attracting new clients, and introducing treatments to existing clients.

Clients who seek out a medical spa do so because of the pampering treatment they receive with sound medical advice. Good skincare is a combination of what feel great and what works in application, too.

A combination of proven science and quality ingredients is what creates truly effective skin care. By educating your clients on the properties behind names they may not be familiar with, you may help them have a better understanding of what goes into products and the true definition of “natural”.

What are some chemicals that have natural sources?

Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid is well known for it’s use in the treatment of acne, but it’s also used as anti-inflammatory and fever relief. It is naturally formed in the bark of willow trees, but can be synthesized for it’s medical benefits.

Salicylic Acid is also found in unripe fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are often touted for their health benefits, but few people realize that science tries to discover how those ingredients are best used and repurpose them into a usable product. It’s unlikely that anyone is going to rub blackberries all over their face. A skin care product with concentrated amount of Salicylic Acid proven to help treat acne is a much better solution.

Lactic Acid
Lactic acid is used to treat dry skin, mature skin, acne, mild-moderate photodamage, and pigmentation issues. It’s sought after in skin care because it Lactic acid exfoliates dead surface cells, moisturises, and promotes collagen growth.

Lactic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that comes from milk. The term is most likely familiar to clients because it’s also produced in muscles when we exert energy.

Mandelic Acid
Mandelic acid improves fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation issues, and acne. It is used to reduce skin irritation post-laser treatment  as it has larger molecular size than other AHAs, that slows it’s absorption and decreases chances of irritation

It get’s its name from the German word “mandel” as it comes from a bitter almond.

Are products without the label “organic” or “natural” still safe?
If those products have been created by chemists and researchers who work together with dermatologists, estheticians, and spa professionals, then yes.  The products have been expertly created to treat skin without causing any damage. Often, they create many natural products and in some cases, as many natural products as those carrying the label “natural”.

Carrying products specifically created for you medical spa, with the needs of your clients in mind, will help put their minds at ease. Be sure to stay educated on the ingredients of your products and their results, so that you’re prepared to answer all questions. Especially if a potential client needs clarification on what natural means when it comes to skin care.