Does Clean Skin Care Really Matter?
Most of us have heard all the benefits of eating a natural, organic diet. We get better nutrients and we aren’t exposed to toxins that don’t belong near our food or in our bodies.
But it’s surprising how few people actually know that what you put on your skin matters, too. Even people with a pantry full of non-GMO, organic, and natural foods often have a bathroom cupboard full of moisturizers, cosmetics, and cleansers full of thousands of harsh chemicals that shouldn’t touch the skin.
Things like parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors, formaldehyde, hormone-disrupting-fragrances, and propylene glycol are a few chemicals found in common skincare products and cosmetics.
1. Organic Products are Full of Natural Ingredients Compared to Synthetic Ingredients
It seems like the norm for us is to accept that a bunch of synthetic and toxic ingredients that we don't even know what the origins of, belong in our skin care routine. WRONG! Harmful ingredients like sodium laurel, mineral oils, laureth sulfate, and many other toxins that could be residues of pesticides wreak havoc on your body's hormones and the natural Ph balance of your skin. Essential oils derived from organically grown plants are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and other additives or chemicals which is super important to your long-term health. With long term use, toxins like these can cause skin irritation, hormone imbalance, organ toxicity, and can even cause cancer. By using organic skin care products, you can be sure that your skin and body absorb only real, natural ingredients that aren’t harmful to your body's natural functions.
2. Organic Skin Care Products Work in Harmony with your Body
The synthetic ingredients found in non-organic products may be fast-acting, but they are also invasive, causing harm that cannot be seen. Their chemical ingredients may provide instant gratification and visible results, but most of this only helps you aesthetically by smoothening out wrinkles, removing sunspots, and diminishing blemishes.
With prolonged use, these harmful chemicals damage and weaken your body's immune system as your body tries to cope with these unrecognizable substances. As a result, the natural oxygen exchange of the skin is heavily reduced, causing premature aging and increased risk of developing sunspots.
Using natural, organic skincare products, though, ensure that you get the real nutritional benefits from its ingredients. Natural organic ingredients such as rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, lavender oil are known to soothe, nourish, moisturize and promote smooth skin. Even though the results may be slower, organic skincare products are gentle on your skin and won’t harm you in the long run. It's always a win-win.
3. Organic Skin Care Products are Non-Allergenic
When we eliminate unnatural ingredients, organic skincare products don't cause allergic reactions, inflammations or other skin and bodily irritations. As always, it's important to test the essential oil on the inside of your forearm to test for allergic reactions before applying products on the face or full body.
The amazing plants used in organic skin care products are grown organically and are found to contain higher levels of vital antioxidant vitamins that non-organic plants just can't deliver at that calibre. Because they are grown without herbicides and pesticides, organic ingredients are also free from those toxic contaminations, which means your body received pure, whole nutrients for your skin and body.
More importantly, up to 95% of an organic skincare product’s contents are active ingredients. In synthetic skincare products, on the other hand, active ingredients only make up 5 to 10% of its contents meaning you're getting products that aren't nourishing your skin as potently as organic ingredients can.
4. Organic Skin Care Products are Kinder on the Environment
Since organic products are naturally grown ingredients that are free from toxic pesticides and fertilizers, they aren't toxifying the soil they're grown on and causing imbalances in the nutrients of future harvests, they also don’t leave a harmful footprint on the the soil, water, and air, and the planet overall.
Organic farming is also much more sustainable for wildlife, and causes way less pollution that would otherwise be brought on by pesticide and fertilizer sprays. It also produces a smaller less carbon dioxide and waste process. By choosing to buy organic products, you’re helping to minimize your environmental impact of your life and supporting an alternative and more sustainably viable skin care industry, which is important in shifting the industry overall.
When you use organic beauty products, you can help minimize your environmental impact. First, you won’t have to worry about chemicals going down the drain because there won’t be any in the bottle. You can also look for organic beauty brands that obtain their ingredients from Fair Trade sources or from local farms and suppliers. And, be sure to check out companies that package their products in glass or biodegradable packaging. Better yet, going organic is sustainable and better for the environment, too. So invest in your health today and make the change to organic skincare products if you haven’t already done so.
5. You’re Supporting Cruelty-Free Skincare Products
Most of the skin care products that we know and currently on shelves worldwide are harmfully testing their ingredients on animals, which is an unethical and cruelly tested on animal. However, because organic skin care products are derived from essential oils, you know that the products are vegan friendly and will not be put through such awful product testing.
It feels great to know that your conscious and skin care routine aligns with your values for cruelty-free consumerism. By purchasing organic skin care products, you are supporting the abolishment of animal testing cruelty and putting your money behind your values, and hitting the toxic skin care companies where it really hurts.