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If it is ‘natural' does it really work? Finding the right skincare ingredients for your skin. 

Posted by Barbara Barnes on
If it is ‘natural' does it really work? Finding the right skincare ingredients for your skin. 

Natural and organic products are not necessarily always better for your skin. Some of these products could contain harmful or irritating substances when used for any length of time. It is best to look at the ingredients that are in each of your products, especially those first 5!

So what do you need to look out for? While you should be focused on ingredients that are effective and safe for your skin AND our planet, you also want to know what the 'filler' ingredients are and if any alcohol or petroleum-based ingredients were snuck into the product.

Becoming an ingredient savvy shopper is a little easier than it sounds and enlisting the help of a holistic aesthetician or skin expert can be super helpful here. A safe ingredient for someone with combination skin may be less safe and effective for drier skin and vice versa.

Some of the more common ingredients that can cause sensitivities and breakouts include fragrances, preservatives, parabens, alcohols and foaming agents.

If you've used Jenette Skin Care you know we do not use any faux scents in our line, the only scent that is present is there because of the organic cold pressed oil base, essential oil extracts and our preservative which is a natural fermentation process that creates Leucidial® Liquid. The amazing thing about this preservative is that it is an effective, preventative and healing probiotic ingredient that stems from radishes and it keep your skin's biome healthy. 


Alcohol is another skincare preservative that is best to be avoided for any skin type, please be on the lookout for all these different ingredient names:

  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Denatured Alcohol (Alcohol Denat)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Methyl Alcohol or Methanol
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Cetyl, Stearyl, Cetearyl, or Lanolin Alcohol 

Common foaming agents to avoid are sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfate (sometimes referred to as sodium dodecyl sulfate or SLS) and coco-glucoside. 

Find more in-depth information about which ingredients to avoid in this post. () 

If you would like us to help you figure out the best ingredients and products for your particular skin type, you can always schedule an in-person facial or phone consultation at Jenette’s Flagship Spa, Being in LA. 

Our founder Jenette Serrins runs her spa and lab out of Silver Lake, CA. You can book an in-depth customized phone consultation 7 days/week. Their highly trained aestheticians can help you decide what treatments and ingredients are the best match for you and your skin.  



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