Consumers are becoming more concerned with how their products are created. They want to know what toxins they're introducing to their household, as well as how their products impact the world around them. For these reasons, many people have been making a move to organic skincare products. Here's what you need to know about going natural and which areas to focus on first.
What Does "Organic" Mean for Skin Care?
When it comes to organic skin care, the main concern is how the ingredients are sourced. If they're organic, they're natural and free of chemicals during the harvesting process. That means no herbicides or pesticides were used when farming the aloe, cucumber, oats, coconuts, or other natural elements of your skincare products.
The Benefits of Going Organic
Going organic may or may not benefit your skin on a cosmetic level. In other words, some people see no difference between organic and inorganic skin care products. There are also limited studies about the effects on how organic products will change the appearance of your skin.
However, there are plenty of other compelling benefits to going organic that makes the shift worthwhile. You reduce the risk of introducing products to your skin that could harm your body over time. Furthermore, you're taking care of yourself without doing so at the expense of the environment.
Where to Start
It's not realistic to throw out all of your skin care products and start fresh. Instead, choose one area of focus at a time. This approach allows you to evaluate any changes by limiting the variables. Here are the key focal points for switching to organic skincare products.
When you think of skin care, your lips might not be at the top of your list, but they should be. Take some time to learn all about lip care and its importance, especially when it comes to product use.
Think of it this way: not only do your lips absorb products the same way as the rest of your skin, but you're more likely to see transference into your mouth. Swapping out for organic lip balm should be your top priority for skincare.
If you've been watching the news, you probably know all about the microbead ban and how that's impacted skincare products. While the microbeads are gone, you still need to be a vigilant label reader when it comes to exfoliants.
Just because an exfoliant uses natural products, doesn't mean it's good for you. Read the list of ingredients and look for words that don't have a scientific name or don't identify a specific ingredient. (i.e. the word Fragrance can be used to denote over 5,000 ingredients.)
When it comes to cleansers for your face and body, there are a few ingredients you want to avoid. Parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic oils, and alcohol.
Look for a cleanser that uses organic plant oils, such as coconut oil. The idea is to cleanse your skin, not strip away all the natural moisture and nutrients that keep it healthy.
It might take time to find organic products you love to replace your current go-to goods. However, by starting to make those changes now, your skin will be happier and healthier in the future.
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