Changing your beauty products requires a certain level of trust. Why would you put anything else on your skin? And do you know how to pick your beauty skin care routine? We know that there are many types of products in the beauty market, each with preferred terminology - and yes, this can become very confusing.
Let’s get straight into the subject. Organic and natural personal care market has become a major part of the wellness sector over the past few years. Increasing demand for all natural and cruelty-free skin care is expected to grow a lot in the following years in order to meet the demand. Is there any truth to this trend?
What is organic skin-care?
The term ‘organic’ refers to how an ingredient was farmed. Organic beauty should be about using products from high quality, organically farmed ingredients, prepared and grown under the same conditions, without antibiotics, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, growth hormones, bio-engineered genes or petroleum-based fertilizers which could be toxic to the environment. These ingredients are farmed using organic farming methods that recycle sources.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is supposed to regulate the standards of foods and drugs. While some think that the FDA doesn’t do the best on regulating food, it is nowhere near as bad as with beauty products.
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Pay attention to the label
Products must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients in order to display the trusted organic label. Not bad, huh?
If the label says “made with organic ingredients”, products must have at least 70 percent organic ingredients. Those will not have the USDA seal.
What is plant-based skincare?
Plant-based beauty is created from plants, it is nontoxic and it does not contain animal products.
Since you know your diet should be rich in plants for optimal health, shouldn’t the products you apply to your skin, which are absorbed into your body also filled with plants?
Plant-based beauty products have been successfully in use for thousands of years.
The ancient Egyptians used a variety of oils and minerals like castor oil and Moringa oil to minimize the appearance of wrinkles while Aloe Vera was used to cleanse the skin of desert dust.
While the Egyptians used kohl as eyeliner, the Greeks used crushed mulberries as lip and cheek stains, and a blend of charcoal and oils to create a dark eyeshadow. When talking about beauty products, they used olive oils to moisturize the skin.
India has a long history of plant-based beauty products through Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old form of medicine founded in southern India. The ancient practitioners believed that one should not put anything on his or her skin that isn’t edible.
What are the benefits of a natural, organic, plant-based skincare routine?
First of all, conventional beauty products are made with ingredients that were harvested with pesticides and other harmful chemicals, which can greatly damage the environment. However, by using natural and organic ingredients, you are promoting the manufacturing of cleaner products.
Furthermore, by using a product with all those 3 characteristics, you don’t end up exposing your skin to foreign ingredients such as parabens (preservatives) which could cause adverse effects, such as subjecting the skin to allergies.
While conventional beauty products contain chemicals, known irritants, and unnecessary fillers, the ingredients in organic and natural products have the nutritional value that could help support your skin while also repairing and rejuvenating it.
Keep in mind that if you use chemical-filled soaps, lotions, and creams over your skin, your body will absorb those toxins too.
Did you know that organic products aren’t going to contain fragrance chemicals? Since the FDA doesn’t say that a company has to release the ingredients in their fragrances because those are considered to be trading secrets. So you basically have no idea how many chemicals have gone into making the fragrance and what those are.