Why should you go ‘skin’ organic?
I’m often asked why organic skin care products are better for you than lab-made ones. So I’ve compiled some good reasons that may make you think!
What you put on the skin enters your body
First off, 60% of what is applied to skin will enter your blood stream and thus your systems. And the average woman applies 200 chemicals through cosmetics and skin care products alone during the course of the day. I’m sure you’ll agree, that’s a big number!
Cosmetic manufacturers wouldn’t use chemicals in their products that were unsafe, would they?
Most cosmetics and skin care products (including body products) consist of ingredients that have been synthesized in laboratories. There may be some with more natural ingredients than in others but, by and large, you’ll find chemicals in them, especially to prolong their shelf life or to make them more resistant to bacteria. If you put your fingers in a jar of face cream and the product doesn’t go off for 2 years, there’s a reason for that.
The safety of all of these chemicals is not proven as we still do not know what their long term usage will look like. Many have already been found to be irritants, such as propylene glycol, and others can cause various illnesses or even disrupt the endocrine system.
So from a health standpoint it’s a good idea to limit your exposure to these chemicals, especially because we are already over-exposed to them elsewhere on a daily basis, in cleaning products, processed foods, furniture, medication and even in the air.
Natural vs Organic?
There are many products out there that are ‘natural’. But the question I always ask myself is ‘if a flower is grown on a field next to a nuclear plant, it’s still natural, but is it full of beneficial compounds that my body can use or full of harmful ones?’ So by choosing certified organic products you can be sure that there’s been a closely monitored process that the farmer has gone through to make sure they deliver only the highest quality plants that have grown in rich soil and not been spoiled by pesticides or, in the case of the nuclear plant, radioactive particles!
Working with the body
If you believe that the ingredients in skin care should improve your skin (and I do!), would you not want to feed the skin with only the best quality of ingredients? As opposed to chemicals that are forcing certain reactions in your skin? Feeding the skin with antioxidants, EFAs, vitamins and the occasional natural peptide will improve the health of the skin as a whole. Chemical lab-synthesized skin care forces chemical reactions locally wherever the product is applied and the chemicals may enter your system and then wreak havoc somewhere else.
Organic is bigger than that
Most organic companies have a respect for nature that will also extend into their packaging and business practices. As we respect the environment, limit our exposure to chemicals, we also limit the agricultural exposure therefore allowing nature to thrive the way it was meant to be. These products also don’t tend to be tested on animals.
So, not only are you improving your skin and health, but you’re also contributing a little bit to a better world. It’s a win, win.
Which chemicals should I avoid?
Next time, we’ll look at the list of chemical ingredients to watch out for. Many of these are already known to be questionable and some are even banned in other countries and in Europe but not in the US. Why? That’s another story…