It comes as no surprise that there’s been a real move towards Organic over the last few years. This has been especially noticeable in the food industry. The effects of pesticide sprays, chemicals and GMO’s have made people more aware than ever about what they put IN their body.
But what about what we put ON our body? Why don’t we take the same care with what we put on our largest organ on our body…..our skin!
It’s still surprising to me how many people don’t. They also don’t realize that up to 60% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed and enter your bloodstream. This means any toxic chemicals present have the ability to travel all around your body.
We’ve seen good examples of this in the past with chemicals like parabens. These preservatives are found in lots of products and build up in your body over time.
If you are still using non-organic products then it’s time to reconsider. Read on and learn the 4 most important things you need to know about Organic skincare.
Using organic products is better for your skin.
Compare the labels of non organic and organic skincare. You’ll notice a startling difference straight away. The main thing is it’s usually difficult to recognize a lot of the ingredients on a label of a non organic product. They tend to have lengthy scientific names typical of chemicals produced in a lab.
A typical label from a non – organic product.
Organic products tend to have much easier to read labels. They are plant based and because of this the ingredients are much easier to recognize. Often common names are used rather than scientific ones.
A typical label from an Organic product.
Organic products are also free from pesticides, herbicides and artificial chemicals. They are naturally derived and not grown in synthetic fertilizers.
This means you can be confident that what you are using on your skin is as natural, clean and harmless as possible.
Natural is not necessarily Organic
It’s best here to define Natural and Organic so we can understand the differences.
Natural products are:
- Generally unregulated by any certification bodies
- Manufactured from ingredients that come from plants, flowers and minerals of natural origin.
- Free from harmful ingredients, Parabens, Sulphates etc
- Free from petrochemicals or mineral oils
- Free from animal testing
- Free from GMO ingredients
- Made from ingredients where the integrity of those ingredients are maintained during the manufacturing process
Organic products are:
- Formulated along guidelines laid down by a certification body
- Made from ingredients that are organically sourced, pesticide and herbicide free.
- Grown without using artificial fertilisers
- Free from artificial colours, odours or chemicals
- Preserved only by a preservative system allowable under the Organic certification boards guidelines.
As you can see the main difference is in the sourcing of the core ingredients. With Organic they are “clean” and uncontaminated by the environment or manufacturing process. Natural, on the other hand is a very loose term. It describes anything sourced from a natural environment but not necessarily a “clean” one.
For example, the ingredients in a “natural” product might be grown in contaminated soil. They might be fertilised using synthetic chemicals. This is not the case with Organic certified ingredients. They have to meet stringent growing guidelines.
One of the biggest problems is that people don’t read labels on products and understand them. Instead they rely on the messages sold to them by advertising and marketing slogans. These paint the word natural to mean that natural products are safe. This is generally not true and we see exactly the same problems in the food industry as well. We become victims of marketing spin!
Organic is better for the environment
Because Organic ingredients are grown in pristine conditions. They are free from pesticides, herbicides and toxic chemicals. This means the environmental impact is very low. Compare this to the farming methods used by the giant corporations of the world. Their motivation is large scale production and profit. They’ll use any farming methods they can to achieve their scale of production.
Most of the smaller companies involved in the Organic industry tend to be eco-friendly. This usually extends into their packaging if it’s possible.
There is also a push towards biodegradable solutions wherever possible as well. A good example of this has been the use of biodegradable beads made from Jojoba Oil. A far better choice than the plastic microbeads used in many non-organic products.
The Price Of Organic Skin Care Will Be Higher
If you’ve ever bought any Organic products you’ll know that they aren’t cheap. You have to bear in mind though that what you are paying for is a much higher quality and “clean” product. If something is cheap it is invariable made from cheaply sourced ingredients. These are usually mass produced with very little quality control involved. Like they say, “you get what you pay for”
Certified Organic products also cost more because of the price of organic certification. Fees usually have to be paid for each individual product as well. This is a huge overhead for smaller businesses and so gets passed on to the consumer in the price of the product.
Organic products may also have a shorter shelf life than non-organic products. This is due to less preservatives in organic products to keep them “cleaner”. Because of this, organic companies tend to make smaller batches, more often. This can increase costs as well
As you can see there are a few factors that impact on making Organic products more expensive.
Well I hope these 4 important points about organic skincare have helped. Organic is definitely the way to go if you can afford to do it.
By doing so you are:
1. Putting healthier, safer less toxic products onto your skin
2. Helping the environment through better farming practices.
3. Saying NO to animal testing and cruelty
4. Supporting companies that are trying to be more progressive.
So learn to read those labels and know your ingredients so that you know what to look for.
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