Why choose organic skincare? First of all, if you look at the general Western diet, you may conclude that it has failed many of us, and our loved ones. It is often at the root of issues such as physical disease, mental illness, etc. Medical News Today states the following: “Over the past few years, studies on a typical Western diet have linked it to adverse reactions in the body, including prostate cancer, sepsis, and chronic gut infections. A new study suggests that a Western diet may have a negative effect on the brain, leading to cognitive decline and neurodegenerative issues.” Further research shows that dietary patterns high in processed foods, or a “Western dietary pattern,” are strongly correlated with an increased risk of developing depression, mild cognitive impairment, and ADHD. This suggests that highly processed food with its numerous chemicals, additives and modifications is not only lacking in nutritional value but is actually and actively damaging to our health. The example of diet is given because if this is the case with our food, why should we trust western skincare….? It is increasingly clear that we must take responsibility for ourselves, and understand what is best for us. In this capitalistic society, we are seen and treated as ‘consumers’ but we can treat ourselves differently. If we want to live healthier lives, we shouldn’t just consume what is well-marketed, simply because it looks appealing. Instead, we need to make a conscious effort towards living a healthy lifestyle, and that involves reviewing what we consume on many levels. Therefore, in the same way that our food can be harmful, so too can non-organic skincare products. This isn’t taught or talked about enough. If it’s not good enough for your stomach, it is unlikely to be good enough for your skin! Elizabeth Sword, executive director of the nonprofit Children’s Health Environmental Coalition says the following “There are industry trade secrets and formulations that for industry reasons are kept from the consumer. This prevents the consumer from making fully informed decisions.” This is an example of how consumerism is toxic, and how consumers are exploited in the market. In order to sell their skin care products, corporations hide significant truths about their products from us.
Through my own research, I have found that the best skincare practises are those using organic products. These products are composed of natural elements only, and therefore are not harsh on our skin, unlike inorganic products. Here are some reasons why you should adopt an organic skincare routine:
- They are non-allergenic. Without harsh chemicals in them, organic products are unlikely to cause a reaction.
- They work better. Plants grown organically are found to contain a higher level of vital antioxidant vitamins than non-organic plants. They also have up to 95% active ingredients, whereas normal products have only 5-10%.
- They are cruelty-free. When you buy them you’re supporting the move towards abolishing animal testing in the industry.
- They are made up of natural ingredients. You will recognise most, if not all, of the ingredients on the label.
- Non-organic skin care products contain harmful ingredients. How many of the ingredients can you recognise? Studies have shown these ingredients can cause skin irritation, hormone imbalance, organ toxicity, and even cancer!
- The process of making it is environment-friendly. Organic products use naturally grown ingredients that are free from toxic pesticides and fertilisers. This means that they do not leave a harmful footprint on the planet, specifically the soil, water, and air.
As you can see there are many benefits to going organic, so when you next shop for skincare products, it’s a really good idea to have a look at the organic range. Do your own research and learn what works best for you! And I wish you all healthy, glowing skin! You are worth it!