Just because a skin care product is advertised with beautiful plant or garden as a back fond does not mean that a moisturizer or a facial serum is free of toxic material. In fact, natural ingredients can generate unexpected toxicity despite of the good intention of the producer. In many cases the whole plant extract may be anti-inflammatory but some of its components when isolated can cause allergic reaction. Many of the plant derived component, when removed from their natural environment lose their stability rapidly. Pesticides, heavy metals, microbial burden, residual solvents, isolation (extraction methods), purification and many other factors can affect the quality of the plant extract. Stability and efficacy are the biggest challenges faced by the producer with natural skin care products. For instance, the finished product can be rich or poor in phytochemicals/ antioxidants and the photochemistry breakdown composition plus storage, delivery to the lab and final preservation can vary greatly. For example, you believe that the oolong tea is very rich in antioxidants but pouring hot water accelerate oxidation of phytochemicals and solidified actives that can contribute to loss of efficacy. I understand that well-being is the increasing convergence of beauty and skin health and especially Instagram, a social media platform champions the natural and organic idea of wellness. Attractive and aspirational pictures of Millennials are posted adopting the natural beauty trend. Health and well-being has transformed consumer life style and habits. It’s no longer about being skinny, it’s about being fit. Anti-aging is a passé.
So to answer your question skin care products made with quality bio-engineered ingredients or combined with natural ingredients are more effective and safe with better performance than just natural products.
Most of my new customers want help on cutting the clutter and choosing the right product for them. Customization or a beauty by prescription from a trusted provider is a growing consumer demand for personalized skin care compliance. My advice is to get your products from a licensed professional.