Are they always natural or plant based?
Many people, when they think about “toxins”, refer to synthetic compounds; however, the most dreadful toxins for human beings are of natural origins.
Here are just a few examples:
- Ricin (naturally found in castor beans);
- Bitulinum Toxin (produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum);
- Cyanide (naturally found in the seeds of apple, almonds, and apricots);
- Strychnine (naturally occurred in the seeds of Stychnos nux-vomica tree).
Also, did you know that the unprocessed organic aloe vera leaf juice contains aloin, which is cancerogenic? That`s why the professional skincare formulators use only processed aloe vera juice in their formulas.
Undoubtedly, the synthetic materials might be nasty to human health too, such as formaldehyde, known carcinogen, which is not used in Canadian and EU-sold cosmetics.
So, what are the safest beauty ingredients, natural or synthetic?
Well, that`s totally depends on the ingredient.
In fact, the safest ingredients are those who have a solid background of scientific studies (double blind and peer reviewed), which clearly demonstrate their safety and efficacy.