Why Natural Matters to Your Skin

The benefits of non-toxic, organic skincare ingredients explained by an expert

A skincare consensus is not easy to find but all-natural and organic certainly offer sweeping benefits to your skin, as explained by Delia Organics founder Alicia Brunton

In the world of skin care, some beauty purveyors believe natural matters, some don’t and still others can’t even agree on what “natural” truly means. Natural—at Delia Organics —refers to products free of toxic chemicals that do more harm than good. While many espouse their own opinions and beliefs, there is overwhelming evidence that natural, organic skincare truly is superior to chemical-laden, ingredient-filled products. The goal of Delia’s product offering is to help customers feel truly comfortable, with a radiating air of confidence and healthy skin. Working with natural ingredients—and the science behind each of those components, the line doesn’t focus obsessively on the need to “erase 20 years.” In reality, Delia knows the safest way to provide exceptional skincare is to simply bring back a glow.

Among the most beneficial, natural ingredients that aid in the battle against time are…

1. Glycolic acid

A fruit-based alpha hydroxy, glycolic acid is found in simple sugars and works by dissolving the intercellular cement responsible for abnormal discolouration of the skin. It improves skin hydration by enhancing moisture uptake and promoting cell renewal and shedding. Featured prominently in Delia’s Berry Buffing Masque, the ingredient’s best boast? Healthy, new cell production… naturally.

2. Organic reishi

Organic reishi is a mushroom extract that is anti-carcinogenic and antibacterial in nature and—like glycolic acid—promotes the formation of new cells. It is very high in antioxidants, which makes it ideal as a tool in the prevention of aging. Delia’s Dose of C Eye Magnify showcases similar antioxidant-rich ingredients.

3. Hyaluronic acid

Naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid is found in human tissue, acting as a protective but breathable barrier on skin. It can lock in moisture and provide a more youthful appearance. The cuticle layer of the skin normally contains 10 to 20 per cent water, however—as we age—it can drop to below 10 per cent so hyaluronic acid comes to the rescue, with its unique ability to hold more than 1000 times its weight in water. The benefit, of course, is the ease with which skin can then retain more water. As an added bonus, the ingredient—featured in Delia Organic’s Dose of C Serum—is both vegan and plant-based.

As with all beauty ingredients, the most convincing evidence of the effectiveness of these tools is the results actually garnered from use. As an example, the natural eye treatments of Delia Organics take into consideration the particular need for lasting benefits. The skin around the eyes is the first to go, and it requires a sensitive, intelligent approach to effectively address its particular needs. Molecules in active ingredients must be small enough to penetrate this delicate and poreless surface while collagen stimulators must be at an appropriate level to boost skin performance without speeding the aging process of thinning, delicate eye tissues.

Without a focus on specific areas of need and the effectiveness of products, poor quality ingredients can actually end up contributing to the development of premature aging signs. Clearly not a desired end result, but it happens when embattled skin is forced to deal with the daily stress of protecting itself from harsh, petroleum-based ingredients that aren’t formulated with optimal results in mind.

In the end, natural ingredients lead the anti-aging charge, contributing to beneficial products that treat skin with effective, efficient care.