Skincare Myths: ‘If you cannot eat it, it should not be on your skin.’

In this blog post, we are going to give you examples to show you why this is not always true.

Did you know?
The chemicals in your skincare products are sometimes extracted directly from natural foods like aloe vera and sugarcane.

For example: salicylic acid is often extracted from white willow bark. It’s great for gentle, non-physical exfoliation.
Salicylic acid is normally added in lower doses of 1-5%, that’s 1 to 5 drops in every 100 drops. In lower doses it normally works with other ingredients to preserve your water based products. No one wants uninvited mould and fungi living in their products.
In higher percentages, it’s normally used for quicker results in the appearance of your skin and condition of clogged pores.

Did you know that salicylic acid is one of the ingredients in on of the Ecocert cosmetic product preservatives?
ECOCERT is one the the most recognised organic certification bodies in the world. They focus on safety and sustainability in products.

Aloe Vera is a food that you can eat. It’s also really good for your skin. Did you know that you can use as much aloe Vera as you want on your skin? You can also use it as many times as you like. Aloe is also safe for eating and drinking. But, eating or drinking too much can be harmful.

Some products that are considered natural, like most essential oils, should not be ingested. When diluted and added to products they are perfectly safe for topic use.

If you’re not convinced- cinnamon, basil and nutmeg are perfectly safe to eat. However, they can causes irritation and sometimes more serious conditions. In powder form, cinnamon can cause irritation when mixed with other ingredients and left on skin.

SOME nutmeg, cinnamon and basil natural essential oils come with warnings such as: cancer causing, unsafe for small children and pregnant women, allergic reactions, etc. They even come with a lot of restrictions when used in skincare products sold in the UK. 
The side effects and warnings on these kinds of oils are normally caused by one or more of the ingredients that may or may not be naturally occurring in the plant.
Do not be alarmed though, it normally takes repeated exposure, especially to undiluted essential oils for any problems to occur.

Did you know that some people add essential oils to their food and drinks?

All of the skincare ingredients mentioned in this blog post are just a small number of ingredients that prove the saying wrong.

Why do people say it if it’s not necessarily true?

A lot of the people who say that ‘if you cannot eat it, it should not be on your skin will either be:

  1. Fearmongering - exaggerating or deliberately causing fear so that others will stop using certain products.
  2. Discrediting other products to Market their products as safe. This is a marketing tactic.
  3. Uneducated on the matter. 

At VON Botanicals, we talk about the benefits of natural and organic skincare products. Our natural vegan skincare products are amazing.  We want you to keep on using them but, we also want to make sure that you stay informed.

Want to stay updated on our blog posts on everything skincare related?

Sign up to receive our newsletter, you will also get 15% off when you sign up.