The whole world is starting to follow a more natural and organic approach. Eating organic food has already become of major importance in many people’s lives. We know the value and health benefits associated with eating organically, so why not apply the same belief to skincare and beauty products?
Your skin is the largest organ in the body, so it stands to reason that taking care of it should be as important as eating healthy. The skin also acts as a sponge and absorbs anything we put on it. If we use synthetic chemical-based products, your skin absorbs up to 60% of those chemicals. These chemicals build up in your bloodstream and some have recently been linked to health issues such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Take a moment to think about all the products you apply to your skin every day. Makeup, lotions, cleansers, exfoliators, deodorant, perfumes and more. Each of these is a moment you expose your skin to harmful chemicals. This is why a natural and organic approach to skincare is so important.
Organic beauty products are grown and produced using no genetic modification, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, artificially made ingredients, or animal testing. Organic can be described as a way of farming and producing products that work with nature. This process delivers many benefits to wildlife, society and the natural world as a whole. Farmers and businesses that are certified organic work to a strict set of standards. Their goals are to sustain the health of wildlife, nature, animals, soil and people.
If you buy organic products, you know that they will contain no:
- Genetically modified ingredients
- Phthalates and parabens
- Synthetic dyes, colors or fragrances
Other advantages of organic products are that they only contain sustainably sourced ingredients such as palm oil. These products will also not be tested on animals and will be packaged in recyclable material wherever possible.
There are many benefits to using organic skincare and beauty products. In this article, we will be covering the top seven.
This is one of the main benefits of using natural and organic products. There are so many chemical and artificial ingredients in the products we use every day. Although most of these are considered safe, many are still linked to severe medical conditions.
Phthalates and parabens are often used as preservatives in a wide range of beauty products. They have also recently been linked to cancer and type II diabetes. Sodium Laureth sulfate is a great foaming agent used in bubble baths, body washes and other cleansers. But they can destroy the natural lipid barrier of the skin. Without this layer, your skin will be dry, rough and prone to irritation. Then there is propylene glycol, popular in many haircare and skincare products. But, this is also a by-product of petroleum and is the main ingredient in antifreeze.
Since these products contain natural ingredients, they are much more nutrient-rich. They are easily absorbed into the skin for longer-lasting benefits. Coconut oil and cocoa butter are popular ingredients in organic beauty products. They are very luxurious moisturizers high in essential fatty acids that help to give skin a more youthful look.
White tea, grape and pomegranate seed extracts are excellent sources of antioxidants. They slow down collagen degradation, which helps your skin stay smooth. Sheabutter is rich in vitamins D and E, along with unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids. Argan oil is packed full of omega fatty acids, vitamin E and linoleic acid. These help to lightly moisturize the skin without blocking pores. It is also very hydrating for hair and leaves it silky, glossy and soft.
These are a handful of organic ingredients and the nutrients they contain. There are many more available, and they all add something to your skincare and beauty routine.
Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature ageing in both men and women. But, finding a good sunscreen to protect your skin can be difficult. Most sunscreens are also pumped full of artificial and chemical ingredients like oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate and octocrylene.
These chemicals are absorbed into the skin almost immediately, and they can still be detected in the bloodstream weeks after application. These chemicals can also be traced in breast milk and urine. According to recent tests, these chemicals can cause hormonal disruptions, increase risks for endometriosis in girls and low testosterone levels in men.
There are effective natural ingredients that can offer adequate sun protection, such as titanium oxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide. They protect the skin naturally against the harmful UV rays, and when combined with other organic ingredients, work on a cellular level to help slow down the process of ageing.
Organic products are full of the best quality ingredients that are naturally good for your skin. They don’t just cover up the issues like many products that temporarily fill wrinkles with petroleum by-products and silicone. Organic products also don’t lead to other problems, such as drying out your skin while attempting to combat acne.
Instead, organic products work from the inside to heal your skin and provide it with the nutrients required to stay healthy. Healthy skin is beautiful, glowing and younger-looking.
It’s no surprise that organic products are also eco-friendly and good for the environment. Many artificial beauty products contain substances that are obtained through extensive mining, for example, petroleum, aluminium and lead. Unfortunately, mining is not a sustainable industry, and extensive mining is the cause of a lot of environmental issues.
Also, in the process of mining, a lot of the natural environment is desecrated. Aluminium mining is responsible for the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. The packaging of many of these products is also not biodegradable and usually made out of plastic, which is a significant pollutant because of how long it takes to break down.
The beauty industry has gained a rather unsavory reputation for testing products on animals. This testing is sometimes crucial to establish if the product will be safe for humans to use. But, since organic products are made with only natural ingredients, there is no need for animal testing. As such, you can be assured that your organic beauty products are cruelty-free.
We already mentioned the multitude of health issues that artificial beauty products can cause. Due to the harsh and often untested elements found within these products, there is no telling the effects they can have. You also won’t always notice these effects right away as they accumulate in your bloodstream over some time and then start impacting your health.
Organic skincare and beauty products do not contain these harmful elements, so they do not impact your health negatively. Also, they can provide essential minerals and nutrients to your skin cells that will improve the health of your skin.
There are many benefits of using organic beauty products instead of the harsh artificially created ones. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will also be improving your health and the health of your skin. Using organic products that have been responsibly sourced means you are choosing the safest option for you and your skin.