|DON'T YOU KNOW THE DANGER?!|
This worrying public perception problem also extends to products we purchase. For example, people are much more likely to characterize chemical products as "dangerous" than as "useful". Even people who should clearly know better have fallen into the "chemicals are bad" trap. Science Magazine published an article stating that a process that creates fiber from milk proteins "uses no chemicals or pesticides."
So what exactly is a chemical? Roughly speaking, the word "chemical" is synonymous with the word "matter". Anything that is a physical substance is a chemical. So, just from a purely factual perspective, no cosmetic or skincare product can legitimately be "chemical free". If a company makes that claim, they are lying to you. Period.
|Oh no! Science!|
Are products that claim to be "chemical free" any better? Obviously the term "chemical free" doesn't mean anything because it's an impossible-to-satisfy requirement. But words like "natural" and "safe" don't legally mean anything either. They are arbitrary labels used for marketing purposes, not to give you any legitimate information about the product. Companies even intentionally use labeling that make their products seem more "natural", such as Juice Beauty's decision to use "willow bark" instead of "salicylic acid", even though they are relying on salicylic acid (a component of willow bark) for their product to do anything. (The rest of the willow bark doesn't serve a function. It's just filler.)
|General structure for a paraben.|
The fact is, natural or unnatural, your makeup and skincare products, assuming they were purchased from legitimate brands, are probably safe.
|Photoshop: the ultimate chemical-free cosmetic.|
The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with using "natural" cosmetic products. But there is also nothing wrong with using "unnatural" products. If you find natural products work better for you, go for it! I am not trying to stop you! But it should come down to what works well for your skin, not for some misplaced and impossible desire to avoid "chemicals". Chemistry is not scary. I pinky promise.
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