Beauty rituals are an important part of many women’s life. We apply and layer cosmetics on our skin to make it look more beautiful, to delay signs of aging and also to heal any imperfections or problems we might have. In doing so, we are practically giving our skin its daily “food” and hope that its chosen diet will be enough for the results that we want. But is it his diet also the best choice? Are we feeding our biggest organ (the skin, that is!) with enough nourishment and safe products all the time? It is proven by now that diet is crucial for our general health so should we be not concerned with our skin diet too? If organic is the better choice for your daily meals, we dare to say it’s the best route to go for your skin too. Here’s a few reasons why.
There Are Not Many Nutritional Ingredients in Mainstream Cosmetics
Most commercial cosmetics do not contain large quantities of the nutritional ingredients that can truly benefit your beauty. Many skin care products that you see on the shelf use chemicals to temporarily mask any issues you may have, and a small percentage of an active ingredient, so they can be allowed to write a marketing message on the label. This practice is legal, and the resulted products are cheaper, but it will not give you true quality and long-term effects for your skin.
Feeding your skin with natural, organic skin care products, will give it real nutritional benefits from its ingredients helping boost the health of your hair, skin or nails. Natural oils, aloe vera, shea butter, hibiscus extract and many other, are known to soothe, nourish, moisturize, protect or rejuvenate the skin in a natural way.
Organic products are often rich in ingredients like:
Vitamin C: a powerful active ingredient with antioxidants properties, it fights free radicals, which attack the skin’s support structure, reduce collagen and impair how the skin repairs itself.
Vitamin E: another excellent antioxidant that soothes the skin and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin A: vital for the repair of the skin, essential for treating dull and flaky skin.
Natural plant oils: these can help reduce inflammation, and provide antioxidants, too. Sea buckthorn oil inca inchi oil or coconut oil are particularly powerful.
Plant juices: many plants like dragon’s blood, sea buckthorn, aloe vera, hibiscus and others are used for ages for their beneficial properties in healing or boosting the natural beauty of the skin.
Most organic and natural brands include significant quantities of these active ingredients – and more – in their products, allowing your skin to be truly nourished with ingredients that heal, rather than hide skin’s problems.
Using Organic Products, You’ll Protect Your Skin’s Flora
Also known as the skin’s flora, a layer of thousands of bacterial species and up to 80 different fungi species live on your skin. This natural microbiome layer differs with age and gender but has one role: to protect the epidermis against infections.
A healthy skin microbiome prefers a relatively acidic environment (a pH of around 5.0), but the preservatives contained in most cosmetics are designed to kill bacteria, so they kill your microbiome off a bit, too and, in the process, they also alter your skin’s pH. Unfortunately, that includes the good bacteria on your skin.
Your natural microbiome helps to heal your skin, minimizes oxidative damage, and keeps the skin plump and moist. In fact, new research shows that it can protect us from harmful UV rays, too. Damaging it every day with harsh chemicals in skincare products can lead to inflammation, redness, psoriasis, allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis, acne, poor wound healing, skin ulcers, rosacea, and of course, accelerated skin aging.
Creams, toners and masks made from organic ingredients without preservatives, on the other hand, allow your microbiome to thrive and constantly protect your skin. In addition, such products can give your skin the minerals and nutrients it really needs to glow, as mentioned above.
In short, using organic skincare products isn’t just a trend that’s good for the planet – it’s essential if you want your skin to maintain a more youthful radiance.
Organic is Safe to Use in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
What a mature woman skin can tolerate and fight might not be what your fetus or your baby can.
Many studies are starting to show that some ingredients in cosmetics can affect the development of the fetus and lead to problems like malformations, autism, ADHD, and other.
Ingredients like phenoxyethanol, parabens in general, alcohol, EDTA, aluminum, silicone, polymers, copolymers and others are only some of the questionable compounds that are found in many mainstream products. More and more studies show the toxic effect of these compounds on your endocrine system, immunity and overall, on your skin health. Read more about which ingredients you should look out for in this article.
Sure, statistically speaking, the percentage of the people affected by these toxins is not 100% as it depends of the exposure and other factors, but why would you take any risk?
Organic cosmetics are regulated by much more strict standards than the non-organic ones, so they don’t contain any kind of toxins that might affect your health.
Value for Money
If you have the perception that organic skincare is more expensive than mainstream brands, you may want to take a second look. Many expensive brands, while benefiting from beautiful marketing campaigns, luxury packaging and presentations, are highly chemical and full of harmful toxins or simply filled with ingredients that are meant to make the product look or smell nice, but they don’t add anything functional to the formulation. Yes, they enchant your eyes and make you feel special, but at the end of the day, is your skin that pays the price. Most of organic skin products (and certainly ours) have up to 95% of active ingredients, so everything that’s in the bottle actually helps the skin. If you think in skin benefits, not marketing perception, this makes the value for money rate way higher in organic cosmetics.
Going organic has better long-term benefits for your skin
Many synthetic ingredients found in non-organic products may have an immediate visible effect, but a lot of them are causing harm that cannot be seen. They may smooth out your wrinkles, remove dark spots or diminish acne on the short term, but you may also receive in the process more than you bargained for.
With prolonged use and sometimes due to a too aggressive action, these chemicals may damage and weaken your skin, making it more vulnerable to developing more and deeper wrinkles, more acne or dark spots. Combined with other factors like stress and poor diet, the accumulation of these chemicals in your body may lead to allergies, skin irritation, hormone imbalance, organ toxicity, and even cancer.
Some might argue that certain ingredients in cosmetics, in small doses, are not harmful. While it may be true, let’s not forget that women tend to layer cosmetics on, sometimes no less than 10 products in the same ritual. Cleanser, scrub, toner, serum, cream, foundation, blush, make-up, mascara, lipstick… sounds familiar?
Other say that using organic skin products does not yield same quick, visible effects as your favorite mainstream beauty product. Even though (in some cases), it might be somewhat true as the results may show at a slower rate, organic skin care products are gentle on your skin and won’t harm you in the long run, so still a better option for anyone.
Organic skin care products are cruelty-free
Next time you enjoy a cute cat video or you walk your beloved dog, remember that the mainstream beauty industry is always conducting animal testing for their products to ensure that they are safe for human use. The majority of the organic products don’t do it, mainly because they don’t need to. Most natural ingredients are known to be safe and harmless and for the rest the majority of the organic brands companies make in-vitro tests. At Dermoplant, not only we do all our tests in vitro, but we use exclusively ingredients made from plants, so we make sure no animal was hurt in the process of making our products. Not by us and not by our suppliers too.
You’re helping not only yourself, but the environment too
Organic ingredients are made from plants that are grown naturally without the help of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. These plants are sheltered from pollution and don’t leave a harmful footprint on the soil, water, and air.
Organic farming is also better for wildlife, it is not cause for pollution itself, and produces less carbon dioxide and dangerous wastes. By using organic skin care products, you’re helping make the planet cleaner and safer and support a sustainable environment for us all.
By using organic skin care:
- Your skin will be “fed” with better and more efficient nutrients
- Your skin flora will remain unharmed
- You and you baby will be safe from unwanted side-effects
- Your get more value for your beauty spending
- You skin will be better and more beautiful longer
- No animal will be harmed by the products you use
- You will do your part in helping the environment too
I hope this article shed a bit of light on why going organic in your skin care helps you maintain your youth and health, while doing a lot of good to the planet too. If we managed to convince you, start looking for your best organic beauty rituals and enjoy a healthy and radiant skin, as well as a cleaner, better planet to live on.