by Emily, co-founder Organic Shortlist.
Many people simplify healthy living to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise. But what about the impact of the products we use on our bodies each day? It’s easy to forget that our skin is the largest organ in our body and will absorb anything that’s put on it. That’s important because the average person uses 10 different skincare products each day and many of the ingredients these contain are not safe for long term use.
That’s why you should choose all-natural and organic skin care products. They provide the same benefits you enjoy from high-end cosmetic brands without any harmful chemicals. On top of this, natural and organic skin care products are found to deliver more benefits since the nutrients they deliver are better absorbed and richer in antioxidants.
Higher Levels Of Antioxidants
Numerous studies have shown that the levels of antioxidants found in organic plants are superior to that of conventionally grown plants. And after decades of research, the top organic brands have managed to find ways to carefully extract essential oils and nutrients so that they preserve and deliver antioxidants into your skin.
Antioxidants are essential to healthy skin because they help fight oxidative stress that cause issues such as low collagen production. This is particularly important for anyone with mature skin since collagen is essential to maintaining firm and elastic skin. Antioxidants also reduce inflammation and damage caused by sun exposure, and have been found to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Vitamin C is one of the most researched antioxidants found in skin care products since it boosts collagen production and repairs damaged skin. The sad reality is that while many skin care products contain vitamin C, they use an artificial derivative which doesn’t provide the same level of antioxidants compared to organically derived, natural vitamin C. Some research even suggests that synthetic vitamin C might even increase levels of oxidation.
No Harmful Chemicals
The average woman will come into contact with more than 500 chemicals daily thanks to all the synthetically made products which often contain over 20 ingredients! Organic skincare products however typically contain less ingredients and are free of harmful chemicals because they only use all natural, clean and organic ingredients. While some people have argued that there are naturally occurring toxins found in certain plants, these are easily removed in the extraction process so there is nothing to worry about.
On the other hand, conventional skin care brands knowingly manufacture synthetic ingredients in laboratories and add all kinds of artificial colors, fragrances, silicones, phthalates, and PEGs in order to give their products the look and feel of a quality product. True, many of synthetic products are good at hydrating and making your skin look younger however this comes at a significant cost because they are loaded with harmful chemicals.
They tend to include compounds such as volatile acids, petroleum, and coal tar. And since our bodies don’t recognize synthetic ingredients these are treated as toxins and so expelled from our bodies. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at removing these toxins and so they can build up in various organs over time. Another problem is that some chemicals are not recognized as harmful by our bodies and so not expelled. This is why parabens are so dangerous.
Parabens seal the skin completely causing irritation and blocking oxygen from reaching cells. They have been described by Elle Magainze as skincare’s ‘biggest bad guy’ because they have been found to cause breast cancer and are present in almost 99% of non-organic skincare products! Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as avoiding products labeled without parabens because even ‘paraben-free’ labeled products could still contain them. That’s why buying organic is the best way to avoid them.
Are Organic Skincare Products Effective?
Some women believe that organic skin care ingredients are not “powerful” enough compared to synthetic. Somehow we have been taught to believe that only harsh chemicals can achieve results, but this simply isn’t true. Take retinol for example. Retinol is a synthetic chemical compound commonly found in skin care products, which dermatologists and brands have hyped as an important ingredient for reducing wrinkles. But we don’t need retinol to reduce fine lines and repair skin. There are now several natural forms of ‘retinol’ such as bakuchiol, derived from bakuchi plant seeds which do the job. Bakuchiol has been proven to reduce wrinkles and repair skin without any harsh side effects commonly associated with retinol. While the bakuchi plant has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries, it’s only been studied in modern labs as a natural replacement for retinol over the last five years.
Are Organic Beauty Products Greener?
Organic beauty products such as Organic Eye Cream are better for the environment because they are made from plants which were grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. This helps ensure the soil remains healthy and nutrient rich. Meanwhile conventionally grown plants strip the soil of nutrients thereby creating a vicious cycle of requiring more artificial fertilizer with each yield. To make matters worse, the fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional farming often seep into local community water sources and the majority of these communities don’t have the resources to remove these impurities from their water.
On top of this, think about the end user (you!). Every time we take a shower these chemicals wash away in the shower and end up in water systems, eventually the soil. And many of the chemicals that are found in these products are not biodegradable. Amarjit Sahota, President of Organic Monitor, noted that commonly found skin care product chemicals can even impact our oceans. For instance, chemicals like BHA and BHT have been found to poison marine life.
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