Hybrid Skin Care–a Blend of Natural, Organic, and Synthetic Ingredients
These days it seems that most proponents of quality skin care fall into one of the following three camps:
- the natural camp (no synthetic ingredients)
- the organic camp (plant-based ingredients grown with no fertilizers or herbicides)
- the scientific camp (plant-based and synthetic ingredients based on the latest from scientific studies)
In addition to moisturizing the skin, newer products from each of these camps claim to defend it against free radical cells, premature aging, and even acne. But each camp has its shortcomings:
- All-natural products may exclude synthetic ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, etc., that are great for the skin.
- All-organic products typically limit their ingredients to only those certified as organic. consequently, they tend to have a shorter list of proven ingredients.
- Science-based products include synthetic ingredients with complicated names that only confuse the average consumer. Some of these do not have adequate research behind them to support their long-term efficacy. Others do.
There is a fourth camp—the ‘hybrid’ camp, which is a synthesis of the other three camps, choosing the best from each. A hybrid serum or cream, for example, could be all-natural, 80% certified organic, and contain synthetic ingredients that have been proven to be safe, healthy, and beneficial to the skin. A typical ingredient stack for a hybrid serum or cream might look like this:
Hybrid Serum or Cream:
- Aloe vera juice or rose water as a base
- Glycerin and/or hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin
- Peptides, DMAE, and MSM to promote collagen production
- 1-3 noncomedogenic oils like argan, jojoba, marula, etc
- DMAE and CoQ10 to tone and brighten the skin
- Vitamins—lots of them, especially A, B3, C, and E
- Extracts to refine the product
- CBD to reduce inflammation and serve as an antioxidant
- Organic alcohol and/or phenoxyethanol (1% or less) to preserve
In all fairness, many naturally-derived ingredients are highly synthesized in the skin care industry. Hyaluronic acid and peptides, for example, are natural compounds in our bodies that are generally synthesized in the lab for use in skin care, and rumor has it that CBD will soon be synthesized for medical and cosmetic purposes.
It’s worth noting that most economical skin care products tend to contain more synthetic ingredients, less natural ingredients, and probably no organic ingredients at all.