Striking A Balance Between Natural & Clinical Skincare | Terra Collective

There are a lot of skincare products out there and it can be challenging (& confusing!) to decide which ones are right for your skincare routine. Particularly, there exists a blurry definition of what is considered “natural” skincare as there is no regulation on the use of this term for product packaging. It doesn’t help that marketing efforts exist to lead you to believe products are “clean”, “eco”, and “natural”. It is therefore important to become savvy at determining what products are actually good for your health and which ones will be effective for your desired results. 

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How to tell if my skincare is natural?

The best way to answer this question is by referring to the ingredients list. Products may be labelled as natural but have a myriad of ingredients listed on the back, some of which you can’t even pronounce. Beauty brands committed to creating vegan, non-toxic products will have a list of ingredients that are purposeful, reasonably short, and contain certified natural ingredients. Additionally, when you stumble on a brand with values stretching beyond the cleanliness of the product, you’ve got a real winner. Examples of this type of commitment include cruelty-free products, ethical ingredient sourcing policies, and ones that use thoughtful, compostable, and recyclable packaging. 

So what is clinical skincare?

Skincare is termed clinical when the products have been formulated with active ingredients that work in synergy with one another to provide effective results for targeted skin concerns. Often, these active ingredients are used in higher concentrations than non-clinical lines. The way in which these are formulated and manufactured impacts the effectiveness of these products and they can therefore come at a slightly higher price tag. Common clinical ingredients include: 

  • Lactic Acid - A hydrating alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), that brightens, smooths, and evens the skin to reveal firmer skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Hyaluronic Acid - Naturally occurring in the body, its main function is to retain moisture and help keep skin hydrated 
  • Niacinamide - A form  of vitamin B3, it helps to brighten and nourish the skin, improving the protective barrier
  • Peptides - Also naturally occurring in the skin, peptides are amino acids that make up essential proteins needed by the skin. Having skincare products with peptides can stimulate your skin’s collagen production and lead to firmer skin with visibly reduced wrinkles for younger-looking skin. 
  • Cannabis Sativa Oil - An emerging ingredient in skincare, cannabis is known for its healing properties. Rich in essential fatty acids such as omega 3&6, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that can soothe skin irritation and redness associated with acne, psoriasis and eczema.   
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How to strike a balance between clean and clinical skincare?

We all have areas that are important for us to address in our skincare routines. For some, this may be fine lines, dullness, or hydration, while for others, this could be acne, dark spots, or puffiness. It is important to pick products that are formulated to target your particular areas of concern. There are brands out there that exist to balance both sides of the coin. It is therefore worth doing a little research to source ones that provide science-backed research. A brand we’re particularly fond of is Veriphy Skincare as they have created a line that bridges the gap between clean skincare and clinical results. Their transparency is clear when it comes to the labelling of their ingredients as well as the intended results of their formulations.  

To shop Veriphy’s clinical skincare products and learn more about the brand click here!

Things to remember: 

  • An ingredient might be perfect for one person’s skin and not so good for another. Choose products with ingredients that are right for your body and or skin sensitives. A perfect example of this is for those who are allergic to essential oils. Patch testing and starting with low percentages of clinical ingredients to build the skin’s tolerance is always a good idea. 
  • Choose brands with solid scientific and research-backed evidence who also have strong company values when it comes to the sourcing and labelling of their ingredients.