All-natural beauty products are on the rise as they provide healthier alternatives to chemical-filled products. NY1's Jill Urban explains what ingredients to look for.
From parabans to sulfates, more and more people are looking to steer clear of beauty products that are loaded with chemicals they can hardly pronounce. That's why all-natural ingredients are taking the beauty industry by storm and are offering alternatives with the same results.
"People don't realize that natural products today, with the technology available, pretty much do everything that their synthetic counterparts do," says Tata Harper, a natural skin care expert.
NY1 caught up with Harper at Sephora, where she introduced some all-natural ingredients and explained exactly what they can do.
First, brown algae extract.
"This ingredient actually helps bring energy to your cells. So in clinical studies, it makes a 66-year-old cell start functioning like a 35-year-old cell. So it just reverses your cellular age clock," says Harper.
Another natural ingredient that helps with cellular turnover is an herb called Meadowsweet. It's said to help detoxify the skin and make it more radiant.
A really hot ingredient now is starch extract, which is derived from wheat.
"It's basically an isonome that helps you recreate that cushion and that volume on your skin, so it's a great alternative to fillers. A lot of people don't know about this, but basically, as we age, a lot of our fat pads get eroded, and this helps counteract those effects," says Harper.
If you're looking to smooth out wrinkles and get that botox effect without the needle, she recommends looking for two natural ingredients - Spanish lavender, which is different from the common lavender we know, and snowflake bulb, which is a flower from Israel. She says both help relax the subcutaneous muscles and reduce wrinkles.
"For people that have very dry skin, they usually turn to hyloronic acid as a moisturizer. There is a natural hyloronic acid. It's actually made from fermentation of root vegetables, and it helps improve moisture retention in the skin by four times," says Harper.
Like all beauty products, you should test these on your skin first. Also, you should note that often times, these ingredients come with a hefty price tag. So if you want to make the switch to all-natural beauty products, you should expect to pay a pretty penny.