Why going organic on skincare matters.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body!The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters and it accounts for 15% of your body weight. It’s time to really start looking after this covering that protects our insides. The skin is composed of several layers – the epidermis, the dermis (where the blood vessels, hair follicles and sweat glands are) and a deeper level called the hypodermis. It’s a permeable surface meaning oil based products that you choose to apply to your skin get absorbed deep inside the dermis and epidermis, which in turn can pass into the bloodstream (in small quantities).
“Since some chemicals can enter your bloodstream through topical application, it’s best to avoid products that contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, a preservative called methylisothiazolinone and heavy metals,” says Dr Chan.
Choosing organic skin care or naturally based products eliminates this worry.
What does organic actually mean?
Organic beauty is about using products that are made from organic farmed ingredients that haven’t been sprayed with agricultural chemicals and herbicides.
What’s the difference between natural and organic?
The definition of natural is very vague, and it’s a term that isn’t protected by a governing body, but, natural generally means made with products from the earth. Organic ingredients are often natural ingredients too. Meaning they are from the earth and have not been sprayed with any pesticides. The Soil Association is the governing body for Organic based products and will certify certain skin care products as organic. They do allow certain preservatives to be used in a certified organic product that are not 100% natural.
Which products are most worthwhile switching to organic and natural?
When it comes to making the switch to organic or natural products the best place to start is with the ‘leave-on’ products, like toners, moisturisers and serums. These get absorbed into your skin and stay there all day. Next, it would be worth swapping your ‘wash-off’ products, such as cleansers, exfoliants and face masks – more temporary but still they have an affect on the skin and certain ingredients get absorbed.
So, if you’re thinking of making the switch to organic skin care, then fabulous. First choose a retailer or brand that you can trust, read their about us page and check their supply chain too. Go forth and became an organic warrior. 🙂
This feature was brought in collaboration with Bare and Beyond. A marketplace for natural brand skincare products. www.bareandbeyond.com/about-us/