If you wouldn’t eat it, why would you put it on your skin? That is the question I ask myself when buying beauty and skincare products.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and what goes on it gets directly absorbed into the blood stream. Most of us are accustomed to reading food labels, navigating ourselves successfully away from the chemicals and other nasties present in most packaged foods. When it comes to beauty and skincare products however, we turn a blind eye.
The beauty world has made much progression since the early days of pioneer brands like The Body Shop, who made it well known that their products were not tested on animals. Unfortunately in this industry, it still takes a bit of ‘buyer beware’ as many products, while labelled ‘natural’, in fact still contain harmful chemicals, alcohols and dyes. Here are the top reasons you should switch to organic skincare now:
1. Traditional beauty products contain harmful chemicals
Harmful chemical compounds are easily absorbed by the skin and the body has no way of getting rid of them. As a result, the toxins can remain in your intestines and eventually get spread around the body, causing damage to your organs.
Look out especially for the following chemicals and avoid any product with these like the plague:
Parabens – preservatives used to prevent bacteria growth that mimic oestrogen in the body.
Phthalates – a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break.
Diethanolamine (DEA) – a chemical used as a wetting agent in lotions that is a suspected carcinogen.
Formaldehyde – a strong chemical that has been classified as a known human carcinogen.
Toluene – a chemical occurring naturally in crude oil.
Triclosan – a chemical believed to alter hormone regulation in humans.
The generic term ‘fragrance’
Other commonly found ingredients in non-organic skin care and make up include:
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
- Polyethylene Glycol
2. Organic products make your skin glow
Beauty and skin care products are like food. They can either heal you or harm you. Organic products are made with superior ingredients and as they don’t contain harmful chemicals, they won’t clog your pores, allowing your skin to breathe and function as it should. They are also great for sensitive skin.
3. Organic means safe
Look out for gluten-free, vegan, 100% organic and non-GMO labels when buying skin care. Depending on where you live, it may be tricky to find a product like this, but jump online and do a quick search. I am confident you will be able to find something that fits the bill.
If not, you can compromise using a few simple products you probably already have in your pantry (this will be the subject of a separate blog post).
4. Organic products are better for the environment
Organic farming, again like food, eliminates the use of synthetic pesticides, poisons and chemicals. They are also free of GMO ingredients.
Buying organic products has a double edged effect – not only are you putting something healthier on your skin, you are helping protect the ecosystem too.
Coming soon are my recommendations on organic skin care and beauty lines, as well as everyday household products you can use on your skin that are just as effective (if not more), and half the price of major skin care brands. Remember - you don't eat chemicals, so why would you put them on your skin?