This is a request from someone in Australia about a product line only sold in Australia and New Zealand called Natural Instinct. The analysis is relevant to so many of these types of companies selling over the internet…..so BUYER BEWARE! Maybe I should have titled this blog entry ‘Natural skin care products – trick or treat? truth or dare?’
‘Only too happy to help. By the by I only look at ingredients – I ignore the marketing hype…and this company (like most others) is full of it.
First off, the skin is a barrier – it does not absorb very much…so scare tactics about ‘absorbing toxins’ are as bad as seductive marketing about looking ’20 years younger’….the skin keeps most things out…otherwise the medical world could make everything in a crème format and forget about getting people to swallow pills etc etc etc…though some medical solutions do allow absorption through the skin if liposomaly encapsulated or where the skin’s barrier function can be stopped….but if larger or controlled doses are to get into the body…it has to be digested (and then the liver filters out a lot of it so once again it can be a crap-shoot as to how much actually gets absorbed by the cells in any particular organ)… check out the following video on how the skin ACTUALLY works….
And as for their marketing hype about being pH balanced…they don’t even tell you what the pH of the product is…even if anyone out there even understood what the hell pH means…or how every organ in the body has it’s own pH range that it must work within otherwise problems ensue… I wonder if their marketing department even knows what pH means?
Most skin care products are derived from botanical sources…so it is just a marketing moniker as far as this company is concerned. As for them saying they don’t have chemicals in their products, well guess what…EVERYTHING on this planet is a chemical except light and electricity. Check out video one, video two, and video three.
I hope you are using the cream cleanser and not the foaming cleanser (the latter is a detergent based cleanser, the former is more of a hydrophilic oil based cleanser). Check out the video on cleansers. To get the best out of the cream cleanser I highly recommend you follow the technique I suggest rather than whatever they suggest…check it out at this video.
The scrub sounds horrific and should not be used. Please check out this important information about exfoliators.
The toner is a waste of time and money…just marketing BS based on decades worth of cosmetic industry psycho-conditioning.
Moisturizer is fine…most moisturizers are exactly the same basic formulation…the extra ‘stuff’ they hype in their marketing is irrelevant to you and your skin. Check out this video on moisturizer.
Sunscreen is essential and I only recommend inorganic sunscreens…as with their one…it is 20% zinc oxide. Hopefully it is micronised and coated so that you don’t end up looking like a geisha girl. The big challenge is that their sunscreen is a moisturizer as well…and for the vast majority of people it is not correct. Sunscreen must go everywhere and moisturizer only where needed….so how do you do that when these bloody companies seem to believe that moisturizer is essential to everyones’ life on this planet? Anyway, to learn more about sun and sunscreens check out this video and this video.
Their preservative systems are either not fully disclosed (coz it will go counter to their marketing hyped brand positioning) or they have inadequate preservatives in their products (preservatives are essential for all carbon-rich cosmetics unless you are happy to keep them in a fridge or dispose of them in a month or 2). For more info on preservatives check out the video.
Hope that helps….. Unfortunately nothing is as simple as it seems…’