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July 20, 2012
Natural skincare trumps conventional in every. single. way. I know it probably comes as a no-brainer to read this coming from me, since I want every man, woman and child to be using Stark Skincare (is that a little ambitious?), but there are REASONS, people, that I really want everyone to switch to natural skincare products.
This article will be a real back to basics. If you still have not made the switch, I hope that you’ll find this information to be pretty simple yet compelling, and will hop on over to our main site to finally purchase the Whole Shebang (pssst…this offer won’t last forever, so you should probably get on it if you’ve been hemming and hawing about it!).
1. There are no controversial natural ingredients.
At least, not very many, and not found in natural skincare products. Yeah, I don’t want poison ivy in my facial toner, and I don’t want arsenic in my toothpaste, but nobody is selling that stuff to us anyhow. The only issue is with allergies, and that can happen anytime, anywhere. As opposed to conventional skincare, when any natural ingredient has a cause for concern, it gets kicked to the curb. If there are no benefits to the skin, then it has no business being in a natural skincare product. This is pretty much the logic that as a skincare making person, ya just kinda stick to. It goes with caring about your customers and you know, wanting to give them happy skin.
Sadly, this is far from the case for conventional products. Many controversial ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, different preservatives, dyes and synthetic fragrances that have either been shown to be harmful to humans, or are still sitting on the fence about it, are used in abundance in conventional skincare.
But why? Even if they may or may not be harmful, does it mean they are healthful? No. It does not. So, why don’t we stop scratching our heads about whether something will destroy our liver or not, and just go for the natural ingredients that are shown to be healthy and beneficial for skin. There, easy.
2. Natural Skincare Companies Hardly Ever Test on Animals.
I can’t actually think of a single truly natural skincare product company that has ever tested on animals, in fact. It simply isn’t logical for a company who respects life, from the perfection of plants, to the beauty and health of human skin, to feel it is necessary to torture an animal before putting a product on the market.
I love this quote, and I think it sums up vivisection perfectly:
“Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is ‘Because the animals are like us.’ Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are not like us.’ Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.”
— Professor Charles R. Magel (1980)
And this goes without saying, I hope, but Stark is PETA and Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free. High five!
3. Natural skincare is more cost effective.
Yes, natural and organic skincare products may seem pricier (they are in most cases), but the truth is that there’s a TON more value to these products. Natural skincare uses (and I guess I can only speak for Stark here from experience) ONLY those “key ingredients” you see on some other greenish brands. Whereas there’s a drop of Argan in a conventional product, a Stark bottle could be 1/3 Argan. And that shit is EXPENSIVE! So yeah, maybe you’re paying more, but you get way more value, so you can use less and see better results.
Conventional skincare is very cheap to make. Pennies.The ingredients used are easy to make in huge quantities in labs. They are chemicals that are synthetic, or come from refined byproducts of petroleum. Yeah, like plastic. It’s refined waste. Garbage, if you will. And it’s toxic, but smells pretty, right? What you pay for are the expensive marketing campaigns endorsed by celebrities. You pay for high tech packaging, and for CEOs who wipe their butts with diamond encrusted kittens.
I could continue. I could go on about specific ingredients you should avoid, and others you should incorporate into your daily life, but this was just a quick refresher.
What the main reason you LOVE natural skincare? What keeps you coming back for more?
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