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Anti-Aging skin care in Sausalito and SonomaFor thousands of years, people have experimented with the healing and rejuvenating effects of various, naturally occurring herbs, oils and plant life. Over time, some of these techniques have fallen by the wayside, but others have been validated by scientific studies in recent years, leading many cosmetics companies and medical spas to incorporate these all-natural ingredients into their own treatment lines.

Chamomile, a member of the sunflower family, has proven to be an effective, anti-inflammatory skin treatment, while sap from the Aloe Vera plant is frequently used in skin treatments to promote healing and skin rejuvenation. Many popular, modern facial cleansers and anti-aging creams also include ingredients like rose hips, shea butter, beeswax, Jojoba oil, and a veritable grocery list of other fruit-derived or "nature made" components. Even a common, household product like honey—one of nature's best known, ready-to-use substances—is regularly utilized in treatments intended to protect or rejuvenate damaged skin.

Not every botanical ingredient is proven to be safer or more effective than their synthetic counterparts, but many consumers are often more willing to experiment with a "natural" skincare product, and this has led to a boom in the industry. For this reason, it's always important to speak with a skin care specialist, esthetician or dermatologist before starting an organic skincare regimen. They can give you a better idea if a supposedly all-natural cream or lotion is the real deal, or just a marketing ploy.  

The same advice applies if you're exploring options in natural make up and mineral makeup—another cosmetics category that has grown exponentially of late. As with botanical skin care products, organic makeup is derived from naturally occurring ingredients and typically prides itself on not using animal testing. In theory, ingredients like Aloe Vera gel, soy wax, and rosewater can improve one's aesthetic appearance without subjecting the skin to the potentially long-term, damaging effects of synthetic chemical ingredients. However, even skin products made from natural botanicals are still chemical solutions, and the jury is still out on just how great the long-term advantages of organic makeup truly are.  

Consult with a skincare specialist or esthetician to see what type of makeup or rejuvenating products might best suit your skin condition and type.

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