Over the last few years there’s been a lot of support for organic products, whether it’s products we eat or those we use on our skin. It’s easy to get swept up in the movement without having any idea why going organic might be beneficial.
What does organic mean, really?
More and more organic skincare products seem to be popping up these days. With so many options available, you’ll probably want to know what you’re getting from these products and ultimately why you should be buying them.
It’s important to firstly understand what is meant by ‘organic’ skincare before you make the switch. For a product to be considered organic, it must contain ingredients that have been sourced naturally rather than synthetically. If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients list on your shower gel and pondered the terms ‘paraben’ or ‘sodium lauryl’, chances are the product is not of an organic origin.
The biggest and most important difference between normal and organic skincare products is that anything labelled in such a way must be subjected to a more stringent process in terms of purity. For example, any ingredients used in the formation of an organic product must have done so without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilisers. Additionally, any product containing a genetically modified organism, or in other terms – GMO, is a no-go.
So what are the main benefits?
There are numerous benefits to using organic skincare. Here are just some of them:
It’s kinder to the environment
Most organic products are made in a sustainable way that’s kinder to the environment. What’s more, you won’t be throwing any harmful chemicals down the drain or in the bin which will eventually end up in the ocean or countryside.
There aren’t any peculiar side effects
If you’ve experienced any unwarranted or odd side effects from your face wash, such as hives or unusual redness, it could be down to the harsh chemicals they contain. It is unknown what the long term effects of using certain chemicals in everyday products could be. Natural ingredients found in organic are often better understood and less likely to cause irritation.
You know what’s in them
With organic you’ll have a better idea of what’s in the products you are using as there’s no chemicals with weird names on the label. Organic skincare products are better for your health as you aren’t putting any nasties on your skin.
It’s better for sensitive skin
If a skincare product contains natural ingredients then chances are your skin is going to benefit from it. Nature intended you to have healthy looking skin however with more chemicals popping up on ingredients lists, it’s no wonder skin irritations are on the rise. Plant components don’t carry any nasty toxins meaning they are gentler for your skin and will help keep irritation at bay.
Everything you put on your skin eventually makes its way into your body too. Research has shown that the average woman applies more than 200 chemicals to her skin during the course of a day and up to 60% of these are absorbed into the bloodstream. You can feel more confident knowing your products contain ingredients from the earth rather than man made synthetic chemicals.
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