The skin care industry is a very lucrative and “booming” industry due to the constant barrage of how society, or rather “Hollywood,” perceives beauty. Because those unrealistic images are shown as the definition of real beauty so often, people tend to buy into the “hype” and venture out to achieve these airbrushed, computer enhanced looks. This then causes some people to hand over their wallets in exchange for expensive skin care products. However, beauty is not just skin-deep and everyone’s hard, earned, money doesn’t have to suffer the consequences of society's “misunderstanding” of beauty. The idea of being beautiful can only come from within. Nevertheless, until people can realize this or find their way to this conclusion on their own, there are ways to switch from toxic expensive skin care to more affordable natural skin care products.

How Can Someone Change Their Skin Care Products to Something More Affordable?

     In order for someone to change their skin care products to something new, they must first have a good understanding of their skin needs. Moreover, they have to understand the needs of their wallet. To achieve this they need to know what is in the products that give them the results they want. This involves research of the ingredients inside of their products. Once an understanding of what ingredients are needed to get the results they want, they can then choose their products based off this knowledge.

     To get a better understanding of this let us say that this person is acne prone. Acne can be caused by a number of factors, but the main reason acne comes about is because of clogged pores. To unclog pores this person will need one of the ingredients found in the more expensive non-natural products. Those ingredients are usually benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy acid. Benzoyl peroxide unclogs pores and kills bacteria that can contribute to acne, and salicylic acid exfoliates dead or shed skin cells to unclog pores. Both of these are the main ingredients in products like Clean & Clear and Proactive. However, alpha hydroxy acid is actually used in skin lighteners and skin peels because it exfoliates the top layer of the skin to brighten and lighten it. The extremity of alpha hydroxy acid depends on the dosage. Nonetheless, now that they've found the ingredients that they need, they can find the natural products that carry similar ingredients if not the same. For example, lemons have citrus acid that can give the same effects as alpha hydroxy acid and milk has lactic acid that can also give the same effects as salicylic acid. The only difference in these affordable natural skin products and the expensive skin products is the price, how long they can last, and how safe they are for someone to use. And for anyone trying to control how much they spend and make healthier choices, using natural skin care "products" can be a safe, easy, effective, and cheap alternative to the more mainstream products.