What Is Natural Skin Care?

Natural skin care focuses on ingredients that are naturally derived from the earth, naturally processed, or, ideally, both!

Whereas many traditional market products may still utilize chemical or synthetic ingredients, the natural skin care movement pushes to manufacture products that prioritize minimal, naturally found ingredients in favor of the stuff found in science labs.

This isn’t to say all natural ingredients are good and all synthetic ingredients are bad. There’s a balance! We’ll break it down so you know what to look for (and avoid!) in your skincare routine.

Standards For Skin Care

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When it comes to natural skin care and beauty products, here are some standard questions that you want to consider anytime you’re thinking about trying out a new product:

  • What part of the product is considered natural?
  • Are the ingredients from natural origins?
  • Are the ingredients naturally processed?

It’s important to keep in mind that using the word “natural” is not regulated in the beauty industry. There are no solid standards for what companies must disclose to market their products as “natural.”

That’s why it’s so important to investigate the ingredient list — like they say, the proof is in the pudding. We want you to search for that proof!

There are three main categories of skin care in terms of how natural it is. Let’s take a look!

Naturally Derived

Any ingredient that forms naturally on earth can be considered naturally derived.

These are things like shea butter, coconut oil, or other ingredients that are harvested from our world but also require some manufacturing to get them to their final form.

Although these ingredients are naturally formed, they can be processed in ways that might counteract their natural origins. For example, if a company advertises the use of coconut oil, it matters what kind of coconut oil is incorporated into their product.

Is it refined, mixed with fragrance, bleached, or modified in any way? Or is it unrefined and natural? These are the questions to ask!

The term “naturally derived” casts a fairly large umbrella. As long as the ingredient was originally natural, regardless of the processes it went through afterward, it can be called naturally derived.

This includes essential oils, pressed oils, body butters, and much more.

 cucumbers, yogurt, and guacamole for natural skin care


Generally, if an ingredient in a product is listed as simply “natural,” that means the ingredient has been left alone and is used holistically within the product you’ve got on hand.

Great examples of natural products that are left alone are raw, natural honey; sea salt; oats; and aloe. There are many products that include these components without altering their original, natural form!

This is one of the biggest draws for do-it-yourself skin care at home; you know that all of your ingredients are natural because you sourced them yourself!


These are ingredients that don’t exist in nature. They’re often created in a lab or include chemicals extracted from other ingredients (some of them natural!).

But just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for you! There are many effective synthetic skincare ingredients that can be super beneficial for your skin.

Vitamin C (usually in the form of ascorbic acid), hyaluronic acid, retinol, and peptides are all incredible synthetic ingredients. You have nothing to fear from them when used correctly!

Natural Skin Care Vs. Other Modern Beauty Terms

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Everywhere you turn, there are new beauty terms being slapped onto product labels. Often, they’ll overlap and get looped in with one another.

But what do they all mean, and how are they different from natural skin care? Let’s break it down.


Clean beauty certainly finds itself partnered with natural skin care fairly often. Both ideas maintain similar goals in producing earth- and skin-friendly products.

But not all clean beauty products are natural, and not all natural skincare is “clean.” They both tend to veer away from popular chemicals additives like sulfates and parabens, but clean beauty may use synthetic ingredients, whereas natural skin care does not.

Again, synthetic does not mean bad! Whether or not you want to incorporate synthetic ingredients into your skincare routine is completely up to you.

So, while clean beauty emphasizes ingredients that are easy on the environment and limit toxins, fragrances, and other irritants, it does use synthetics in some cases.


Organic is a word that has some weight behind it.

In the U.S.,companies have to pay for organic certifications for their products — when you see that green USDA label, you know you’re picking up a product that’s legitimate!

That being said, brands will often pay for organic certifications if they want to highlight a specific ingredient in their product. However, it does not necessarily mean the entire product is organic!

Be sure to check if only one of the ingredients is labeled organic or if the entire product is marked as such.

Entirely organic products are guaranteed to be natural and free of synthetics, toxins, fragrances, or any other non-naturally occurring ingredient.

The Appeal Of Natural Skin Care

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At this point in the article, you might be wondering, “What’s all the hoopla about natural skin care, anyway?”

More and more people are being diagnosed by their dermatologists with sensitive skin. By prioritizing natural skin care, you may be able to help soothe the irritation that comes with harsh chemicals or additives.

The hard-hitting, common additives in skin care products can be serious irritants to your health. They include:

  • Parabens
  • Alcohol
  • Phthalates
  • Sulfates
  • Formaldehyde (and its other forms, such as methylene glycol)
  • Oxybenzone

All of these chemical compounds have been linked to health issues, ranging from rashes to asthma, fertility issues, and even cancer. In this case, just saying “no” may be your best bet when dealing with these harsh ingredients.

Plus, natural skin care is largely more sustainable and better for the earth!

As a general rule of thumb, if the product doesn’t hurt Mother Nature when it’s created, then it probably won’t hurt her when we dispose of it, either!

How To Incorporate Natural Skin Care Into Your Routine

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It’s not all bad news, so don’t rush to throw out everything in your bathroom!

Exchanging your skin care products for more natural, earth-friendly ingredients is a process. And you may be surprised to find how many things in your routine are already gentle on your skin.

We always encourage you to do your research. Make sure you read the labels of the things you purchase and keep an eye out for those nasty chemicals that may end up negatively impacting your health.

Of course, you know your skin best, so use what works for you!

But if you’re ready to take the first step toward a more natural beauty routine, consider buying the essentials first. Think about what you use in your everyday regimen.

For instance, hand soap and lotion are by far some of the most-used products in your day-to-day life. These are great places to start!

If you’re looking for some natural skin care products to swap in, we highly recommend Babo Botanicals Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap.

These silky, lavender-chamomile-scented suds are packed with anti-bacterial Manuka essential oil, organic argan oil, shea butter, and all sorts of moisturizing goodness.

Your hands will be left free of unwanted germs and infused with hydration and moisture!

Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap

And for the dry winter months coming up, we know sometimes a nourishing hand soap just isn’t enough to protect the skin on your hands.

When duty calls, our best-selling Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Baby Lotion - Fragrance Free will get the job done.

It’s formulated with nourishing colloidal oatmeal, calendula, and other amazing natural ingredients to soothe irritated skin. It can be used on your face, body, or anywhere your delicate skin needs a surge of moisture.

And don’t worry — it’s not just for babies. The whole family can benefit from this lotion!

 Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Baby Lotion - Fragrance Free

Natural Skin Care For The Win!

We hope that these pointers and definitions helped you understand what natural skin care (and its closely related beauty-movement counterparts) is all about.

Remember, natural skin care is about what’s best for your skin. And just because natural skin care deemphasizes chemicals does not mean that all synthetic ingredients are bad. It doesn’t mean all natural ingredients are good for you, either!

We encourage you to find a balance that works for you and your skin. And if you need some ideas, check out the different natural products we offer at Babo Botanicals!