The word organic skin care can sometimes be used very loosely when it comes to products, so it’s important to know where products come from and what’s in them, yes this does take more time and effort, but aren’t you worth it? Always read labels and check out the company’s website before deciding which products to use on your skin.
Our skin is our largest organ and accounts for 15% of our body weight and for us that means it’s essential to keep it healthy inside and out. When we have a skin irritation, rash or breakout it means your body is trying to tell you something and you need to listen up to what it’s saying. Many people are turning to organic alternatives for their food and household cleaning products and skincare is no different, especially when rates of illness, sensitivities and disease continue to rise.
We need to reduce our exposure to chemicals particularly on our skin, as it’s absorbed straight into our bloodstream. Don’t be fooled by clever advertising, packaging or promises of miracle wrinkle removers! They will always try to get you, especially with the free extra’s; if it sounds too good to be true it normally is!
Nothing will improve your skin better than a good healthy diet, sleep, exercise, being happy and using natural organic products as mother nature intended.
Why organic skincare?
Good organic skincare products work better on your skin, because they work with your bodies eco system. Synthetic chemicals on the other hand can be found in most mainstream skincare products. They are cheap to produce and may give you short-term noticeable results, but in the long-term the accumulation of chemicals may cause you to have sensitive skin issues and lead to allergies. We always check labels that there’s no sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and parabens in the products we use. These are amongst some other chemicals which can cause all sorts of skin problems from dryness, itching to spots and or rashes. Sodium lauryl sulphate is a common ingredient and known to be a skin irritant found in a wide range of high street shampoos, shower gels, toothpastes and liquid soaps – basically anything that foams.
What causes sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is probably the most common of skin conditions, with up to 7 in 10 people reporting that they would describe their skin as sensitive. If you are one of the 7 in 10, you may have suffered reactions such as itching and break outs after using toiletries and cosmetics. The reason that so many people have sensitive skin is unknown, but we believe it to be linked to the chemicals we are all exposed too in everyday life. There are many harsh chemicals that we come into contact with without even realising it. For example, did you know that escalator handrails are sometimes infused with Triclosan, an antibacterial agent that has been linked with a range of health concerns? Our exposure to chemicals is so widespread that even newborn babies have been found to have a variety of toxins in their blood through their mothers’ exposure. One study found eight different skin care contaminants in umbilical cord samples which including artificial fragrances, phthalates and the above-mentioned Triclosan. This constant exposure to harsh chemicals incorporated with factors such as stress and pollution, likely contributes to the high number of people suffering from sensitive skin. By choosing to use gentler and natural skin care products, you can help to reduce the number of synthetic chemicals to which you are exposed.
What should I do?
Look for products that contain plant-derived ingredients that nourish, soothe and hydrate the skin like Hemp, Evening primrose oil, 100% essential oils, seaweed, avocado and natural butters like Shea and coconut. Whilst it’s possible to be allergic to absolutely any ingredient, natural or synthetic, it’s commonly the harsher artificial chemicals which can cause you irritation. People with very irritable skin can find that some essential oils can also aggravate their condition, so look for a fragrance free range of products that do not contain any. Finally next time you go to buy a skincare product, check the label, do your research and swap to something more natural and help yourself enjoy healthier vibrant skin!