Don’t we all seek to live a healthier lifestyle? Either this means eating more greens and reducing the carbon footprint, adding in more exercising intervals or buying organic; we all want to feel like we are doing the best we can to take care of ourselves and the people we love.
Skin care derived directly from nature is one of the best ways to get and keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Unfortunately, when choosing a product, you must keep in mind that not all natural skin care products are created equal.
The beauty industry, in recent years has joined the wellness trend by selling items with labels like “organic,” “natural” and even “chemical-free”. The question is, what do these terms really mean?
What is natural skincare?
A ‘natural’ ingredient is considered to be anything that’s a plant, mineral or animal by-product. However, because natural products are not regulated by any governing body, companies can use the word natural on their packaging purely for marketing purposes. This means a product that contains a handful of natural skin care ingredients can claim it’s natural, despite the addition of synthetic ingredients.
What is organic skincare?
The term “organic” refers to how an ingredient was farmed – it must be prepared and grown without pesticides, chemical fertilisers, growth hormones or antibiotics.
When we say Organic Skincare, what we mean is using skin products made of plant derived ingredients along with some other organic ingredients. The integrity of these unadulterated ingredients has to be maintained in the best way possible with no additives. Organic products don’t have ingredients that are genetically modified. They are free of petrochemicals, not tested on animals. They are subjected to minimal processing so that the raw materials do not lose their natural properties after extraction and processing.
Fortunately for our skincare there is one thing that is within our own control. It really boils down to choices. The organic products will give us optimal health and the glow we desire, all within an arm’s reach.
Why should you use organic skincare products? Here are the 14 reasons:
1. Organic products are derived from plants and other naturally occurring ingredients. More importantly, those organic ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and other additives or chemicals. With that, you can be sure your skin and body absorb only real, ingredients that are not harmful.
2. Organic is better for the skin. Given the right nutrients, our skin has the ability to care for and mend itself. Our bodies use nutrients absorbed not only through food, but also through the skin. When you choose organic skincare, you are choosing products whose ingredients work with the sophisticated natural systems of your skin. So since our skin is the largest organ of our body, it is important to treat it with extra attention and care.
Many of us, health conscious individuals, are becoming more and more aware of the food we put into our bodies. The very same attitude should be taken when considering skincare products, as well. Whether it is face cream, body lotion, anti-aging face serums or acne regimens, our skin absorbs over half of the products we put on it, so why punish it with toxic ingredients?
3. Quality organic skincare products work much better, and they are better for you. If you are in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, choosing organic skincare is a priority. Skin care products should be tender, yet effective, and contain no harsh sulfates or harmful chemical by-products.
For example, gentle facial moisturizers help hydrate the skin and increase firmness and elasticity. Organic moisturizers aid the skin to attract and preserve moisture. Common ingredients in natural moisturizing products include nut and fruit oils, essential oils, and other nourishing plants.
4. The synthetic ingredients found in non-organic products may be fast acting, but they are also invasive, causing harm that cannot be seen. It scientically proven that what goes on your skin, also absorbs into your bloodstream and is subsequently also carried through your body. With prolonged use, these chemicals may damage and weaken your skin as your body tries to cope with these foreign substances.
5. Nutritional benefits. Using natural, organic skin care products, though, ensure that you get the real nutritional benefits from its ingredients. Natural organic ingredients such as coconut oil, honey, aloe vera, and shea butter, for example, are known to soothe, nourish, moisturize and promote smooth skin. Even though the results may be slower, organic skin care products are gentle on your skin and won’t harm you in the long run.
6. Active Ingredients. Most natural products have powerful antioxidants that assist in slowing down the aging process and creating a younger looking skin. Up to 95% of an organic skin care product’s contents are active ingredients. In contrast, in synthetic skin care products, active ingredients only make up 5 to 10% of its contents.
7. Organic products are non-allergenic. Without harsh chemicals, organic skin care products are less likely to cause allergic reactions, inflammations or irritations. If an allergic reaction does occur with the use of organic products, it would most likely be due to a natural ingredient (such as peanuts or strawberries), which would be easier to identify.
8. Organic skin care products work better. Plants grown organically are found to contain a higher level of vital antioxidant vitamins than non-organic plants. Because they are grown without herbicides and pesticides, their organic ingredients are also free from that contamination, which means the same for your skin and body.
9. Preserve the environment. Because organic products use naturally grown ingredients that are free from toxic pesticides and fertilizers, they don’t leave a harmful footprint on the planet, particularly the soil, water, and air.
By using organic skin care products, you’re helping to minimize your environmental impact and support the sustainability of our environment.
10. Organic farming is better for wildlife. It causes lower pollution from pesticide and fertilizer sprays, and produces less carbon dioxide and less dangerous wastes.
11. Cruelty Free.
The beauty industry conducts animal testing to ensure their products that are safe for human use. Organic products do not need this testing, because, with organi ingredients, the products are safe and harmless!
Through buying of organic skin care products, you also supporting the move towards abolishing animal testing in the industry.
12. Organic means safe, and that’s the bottom line.
Switch to a gluten-free, vegan cruelty-free, truly organic, non-GMO skin care line. You can nourish your skin, fight the signs of aging, and glow by doing the same.
13. Avoiding chemicals and synthetics.
Rates of illness and disease continue to rise. There are increasing studies showing the connection between illness and chemicals. Synthetics are simply not necessary in skincare and in many cases synthetics are downright scary. These ingredients are often fast acting and invasive. Sometimes they are causing harm we cannot see. Often this exposure rears its ugly head as skin irritation, chronic headaches, cancers, breathing disabilities, hormone disruption, etc, etc, etc. The range of symptoms is too vast to list everything, but you can see how it covers minor symptoms right up to life threatening consequences.
14. Longlasting Gratification.
Fortunately for our skincare there is one thing that is within our own control. It really boils down to choices. The good ones will give us optimal health and the glow we desire, all within an arm’s reach.
Many commercial products will give instant gratification with skincare results. Also consider that cheap ingredients are easy to manufacture and easy to market.
Most of these products are just designed to do a simple job to help with one aesthetic purpose; Smoother less visible wrinkles, sun spots disappear, blemishes be gone! But all too often there is a high price: asphyxiation of the skin, accelerated dehydration, photosensitivity. In other words, cutting oxygen exchange to the skin, premature aging, increased risk of sun spots.
Why Organic Skincare?
I hope that this has been an interesting introduction as to why organic skincare is important. There are many benefits to using organic beauty products, but most importantly, they are better for your health, and they work. And work in a way that lasts a lifetime.