Organic v chemical skincare: does it really make an impact?

& why you need to make the switch!

By Contributor • 2 months ago • BEAUTY

 
Our skin is our largest organ in our body and behaves like our digestive system in the way that whatever we put in or on our body may be absorbed into our bloodstream.
 
These days, we are becoming more aware of the ingredients to avoid such as Phthalates, Parabens, Sodium laureth sulphate, Talcum powder, Silicones, UV filters, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) to name a few – but how much of them have an impact on our health?
 
Many of the products listed above are dangerous in high quantities. For example Sodium laureth sulphate, which is commonly found in soaps, shampoos and toothpaste and used as a foaming agent, must be dealt with protective gear because of its toxicity in large amounts.
 
UV filters, commonly used in sun-cream may be effective against sun exposure (by absorbing radiation before you do), but they may induce pigmentation and can be irritating on rosacea type skin.
 
Silicones, typically used in primers, are used to create a soft texture on the skin, however they clog pores and can act as a barrier to moisture.
 
Knowing this information may encourage some to consider the switch to organic or natural products which has many benefits.

 

Here’s why you should go organic:

o When you use organic products you begin to work with your skin, not against it. For example, organic products are derived from plants and don’t require your liver to detoxify cosmetics that contain synthetic additives, preservatives or colours.
 
o Instead, organic products contain certified ingredients that compliment your skin. For example, oils like Rosehip Plus are nutritive, anti-inflammatory and contain vital antioxidants – the only ingredient being Rosa Canina (Rosehip).
 
o Organic products can still be effective, there are many plant-based ingredients which can be used as alternatives for synthetic ingredients. For example, coconut oil is used commonly as a stabiliser and preservative or kaolinite which is a clay mineral and helps to absorb ingredients, or there’s xanthan gum which works to thicken products.
 
o Organic products are also gentler on your skin and may be complimentary for people with sensitive or allergen-prone skin.
 
o Organic products are also friendlier on the environment and are less harmful when it comes to run-off. Organic also means that the farming practices do not use pesticides or fertilisers, which can reduce soil quality and impact air quality.
 
o Going organic also means that testing on animals is not necessary because the ingredients are plant-based.
 

Tips to avoid overexposure to synthetic ingredients:

1. Start small by switching to organic body moisturizers
2. Avoid soaking in a bath with a synthetic bubble bath liquid
3. Remove makeup before bed
4. Avoid spraying synthetic fragrances directly on to the skin
5. Opt for a natural face-mask – since it stays on your skin for up to 20 min
 

WE LOVE: RosehipPLUS, the Australian Certified Organic and natural beauty brand that’s cruelty-free and vegan.
 
This article was written by Sophia Day.
 
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