Many women are switching to naturally-derived skincare options. Should you make the switch too?

Many women are switching to naturally-derived skincare options. Should you make the switch too?

There is an ever-increasing choice of beautiful natural products that can do a great job of managing most skin concerns. This trend is being driven by women who are increasingly worried about the negative health effects that can come with specific artificial ingredients.

Why might you want to ditch your existing skincare range?

It’s widely known that there are a number of questionable ingredients in mainstream skincare products. As many as one out of every 24 women[1] are exposed daily to a personal care product that contains a known or probable reproductive and developmental toxin. Is it you?


These are a range of synthetic compounds that are found in many different products. They are a known hormone disruptor and use of them can lead to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems. Parabens are used as preservatives in makeup, shampoo, moisturisers and more. You’ll find them listed as:

Formaldehyde releasers

While formaldehyde is required by the body as part of cell renewal (and you’ll find it naturally occurring in produce, such as pears), you don’t want to be inhaling it or rubbing it on your skin. It can cause skin reactions and breathing issues. In the skincare world, formaldehyde has a range of different names, including:


While some women like their skincare products to smell nice, often the fragrance has been added to cover up other nasty smells. Or it’s there simply to make you like the product more. Artificial fragrances contain phthalates, which are known to be endocrine disruptors, substances that have been linked to early-onset puberty, infertility problems, thyroid issues and prostrate/breast cancer. Check your skincare ingredient labels for:

There are also a number of other products used to create skincare and makeup that are known to cause irritation to skin or are linked to health problems. All of them are 100% avoidable.

What benefits can you expect with a natural skincare regime?

The first thing to remember is that even though a product is natural, it may still cause irritation or not work for your skin. ‘Natural’ does not automatically equal good—after all, stinging nettle is natural! However, you’re less likely to react to the ingredients used by a natural skincare brand that knows what it’s doing.

Fewer problems with acne

Acne is caused by skin oils that cause blocked pores, which then become infected with acne bacteria. If you use products that dry out your skin, it will reduce acne to begin with, but then the body compensates by over-producing oil and compounding the original problem. Harsh cleaning products also change the skin’s pH, which isn’t helpful. A gentle natural cleanser helps to solve the problem, because it cleanses your skin without totally stripping away the natural oil.  Always follow with a natural toner, to get skin pH back to optimum.

Skin that is naturally youthful

Manufactured chemicals for anti-aging can artificially plump up the skin, but actually destroy or compromise the underlying structure. It’s like painting over a wallpapered surface - it looks good initially, however when that wallpaper bubbles or sags, even the paint can’t help. Much like you have to remove the decaying wallpaper and re-surface the wall, natural products build up true healthy skin from below, which results in skin that looks great now and in the future.

Less harm to the environment

When you wash your face, what happens to all that product? The shampoo, the soap, the makeup, the polymer microbeads? It goes down the drain. These chemicals can pollute our waterways, impacting wildlife and ecosystems. Natural products won’t harm the environment, so you can use them with a clear conscience.

Nourishment that’s more than skin deep

We know that if we eat broccoli, kale and apples regularly, we feel good. So why do we slather the biggest organ in our body, our skin, with up to 168 different artificial ingredients every day?

Naturally-derived product ingredients - such as cucumber juice, berry extract, avocado oil, bamboo beads, macadamia oil and mango butter - are simple and effective. Your body and your skin will thank you by looking and feeling good. So make changes today to start including natural skincare in your routine – it’s a logical way to de-risk the business of staying gorgeous!


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Your cart

Your cart is currently empty.

keep shopping

If you place your order on a business day (Monday – Friday) we’ll process it within 48 hours.

Orders made over the weekend or on a public holiday, we’ll process it the following business day.

Please make sure you supply us with your full and correct shipping address. Should you enter the wrong address, please contact us as soon as possible.

How much does shipping cost?

New Zealand Free 2 - 4 working days
Australia $15 5 - 10 working days

Okana is not responsible for any shipping problems and shall not be held liable for any "reasonable" delay beyond our advertised delivery time-frames.

What if my order hasn't arrived in the estimated time?

Please note that our shipping guidelines are based on the estimated time of arrival from the dispatch date, not the date your order is placed. Please be advised that our delivery time guidelines are based on business days, which only includes Monday - Friday and excludes public holidays. Please check your confirmation email to confirm your delivery address was correct. If you have further issues with delivery of your item you can contact us.

How to track your parcel in New Zealand:

You’ll find your tracking number in the dispatched email. Enter this tracking number at

1. What is your policy on animal testing?

Okana do not test on animals and do not ask others to do so.

2. Who formulates your products?

All of Okana formulations are made by our in-house team of bio-chemists and materials-chemists in our own lab.

3. Who manufactures your products?

All of Okana products are manufactured in house as per order basis. All orders are produced fresh, handmade in small batches to maintain freshness and its quality.

4. Do you avoid controversial or harmful ingredients in your formulations?

At Okana, we like to treat our skincare products the same way you like to treat your food. i.e. all Okana products are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. Our promise to you, If you can not put in your mouth, we will not include it in our product. If you have questions about any ingredient that we use, please reach out to us here and we will provide a response.

5. Are Your Products Vegan?

Yes all of them. We genuienly believe in animal welfare and being environmental friendly. We do not test our products on animals, nor use their by-product as our ingredient.

6. Are your products Suitable for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women?

Yes absolutely. We will never use any questionable ingredient that can harm your body in long-term. All our products are made from 100% natural edible ingredients.

7. How Do I Store Your Products?

We recommend storing all of our products in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Refrigerating our products will not enhance their longevity. We suggest using all products from Okana within 6 months.

8. What is the Expiry Date of Your Products?

The shelf life of our products is 12 month, but we generally suggest using any products from Okana within 6 months of opening. This ensures the freshness and quality of our ingrdients.

9. Can You Recommend Products for My Skin Concerns?

Of course, we would love to help! You can submit an inquiry on our contact page and be sure to let us know what products you’re currently interested in, your primary skin concerns, and your currently daily regimen (if you have one).

10. Can You Send Me Samples?

We currently have no sample sizes, but we are working on it! Stay tuned for future opportunities to sample our products ❤.