Your Guide to Pure & Natural Ingredients in 2017
To kick off 2017, we’re highlighting the powerful, potent ingredients found in our products throughout the month of January. Pure, real ingredients are part of our DNA and we want to share how you can harness their powers to be your happiest, healthiest self this year.
Many companies claim to be “all-natural” while using synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and other genetically modified chemicals, but with UMA, you can rest assured that each and every ingredient is 100% organic. And you can actually pronounce everything you see on our labels.
The alarming truth is that the majority of store-bought, commercially-produced beauty products are full of harmful chemicals and toxins, such as parabens, preservatives, and phthalates. When applied to the skin, these toxins seep in and accumulate in the organs, potentially leading to serious health implications over time.
Often referred to as endocrine disruptors, these chemicals hidden in our personal-care products can lead to hormonal problems, irregular periods, infertility, obesity, and even cancer. Yikes! What cost are you willing to put on beauty?
In addition to being harmful to you, these products also take a toll on the environment. From the harvesting process to manufacturing, chemically-laden products cause more chemicals to be released into the soil, air, and water, while products made from chemical-free farms promote a cleaner and safer production cycle.
With so many detrimental consequences, you'd think there would be strict regulations on the use of these chemicals, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Cosmetic companies have free rein over the ingredients and raw materials they use in their products with no government review or approval (with the exception of color additives and a few prohibited substances). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't have the authority to review and approve these products, so we're left with a highly unregulated industry that may not always have our best interests in mind.
Fortunately, some companies do.
At UMA, all of our operations are conducted using the Ayurvedic belief that humans should live in harmony with the environment. We believe that everything we take from the world should be given back in equal amounts. And we know that Mother Earth has already given us everything we need, so we never have to rely on chemicals or synthetic ingredients made in a lab.
Thanks to advancements in technology, we now have the ability to formulate potent natural products that actually outperform conventional synthetics, giving us yet another reason to always choose products that are closer to nature. The closer to nature the product is, the more your body will know what to do with its ingredients to improve your skin’s health. Because they are naturally occurring, they have the great advantage of adapting to our own natural processes.
These ingredients have been used to treat skincare concerns for centuries, and truly get to the root of the problem from a holistic stance. No fancy additives, fragrances, or chemicals needed. We're talking pure, simple, and high-impact ingredients for beauty that lasts.
So what are these superstar ingredients, you ask? Here are a few of our favorites:
You can also check out our Ingredients page for more in-depth descriptions of everything found in UMA products. For broader knowledge about what to avoid, please refer to the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
This isn't meant to send you on a spree of throwing away all of the products you already own, but rather to encourage you to start thinking about the ingredients you put in and on your body. Natural products are more accessible than ever, and as you can see, most of these skincare fixes may be items you already have in your kitchen! Start small and trade out your scented body lotion for coconut oil, or your department store moisturizer for one of our face oils. Even small switches can make a world of a difference.
Follow along with us all month @umaoils for more tips on incorporating pure and natural ingredients into your life this year. And stay tuned for an exciting UMA All Natural Challenge the last week of January. Details to come!