Before I knew what Organic Skincare was I was putting all sorts of crap on my face thinking I was doing it some good. Thinking it would keep my skin young, plump and healthy.
In this blog, you will discover what my idea of organic skincare is, how I transitioned away from putting so much on my face and what the benefits are for you to do the same.
What is Organic Skincare?
The word organic 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 on your part, but I know you’re worth it!
Moving towards organic skincare products means they are made of plant-derived ingredients along with some other naturally occurring ingredients.You need to make sure the ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, GMO and that there is a certified organic label.
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I know many small local businesses can’t always afford to get organically certified, but they use locally sourced medicinal plants, organic high-quality ingredient. I’ve met many people at markets and in smaller local healthy shops who are happy to send you information, samples and answers for whatever you want to know.
We need to support these kinds of business by writing blogs, letting others know and asking questions. I always read labels and check out the company’s website before deciding which products to use on my skin.
By doing this we are making healthy choices for ourselves and also the marketplace standard for better products for us. It’s our buying power in numbers that count!
1. Why is your skin important?
Our skin is our largest organ and accounts for 15% of our body weight. For me, that means it’s essential to keep it healthy inside and out.
Your body can always tell you what is wrong physically and emotionally if you know how to listen and look deeper into what it is 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!
2. What are the basics for healthy organic skin?
Nothing will improve your skin better than a good organic healthy diet, sleep, exercise, being happy and using natural organic products as mother nature intended.
I’ve seen first hand the massive positive changes in my skin since switching to a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been using natural organic skincare products for years. If I get a pimple it means I’ve eaten too much sugar, if my skin isn’t glowing it because I’m stressed and haven’t had enough sleep.
My lifestyle reflects in my skin and people are constantly guessing I’m 10 years younger, which I love! I mean who wouldn’t want to look 10 years younger without plastic surgery and using very little skincare products?
Good organic skincare works better on your skin because they work with our bodies ecosystem to help it.
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.
I used to buy mainstream products as I didn’t know better. It’s was generally what my friends were into at the time and they raved on about how “this” product or “that” brand was amazing even though it cost a small fortune.
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I’m now very sensitive to artificial ingredients, I avoid them at all costs and always check labels for sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and parabens. These amongst some other chemicals can cause all sorts of skin problems from dryness and itching to spots or rashes.
The chemical Sodium lauryl sulphate is a known skin irritant. It can be found in a wide range of high street shampoos, shower gels, toothpaste 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 breakouts after using toiletries and cosmetics (I know I have). The reason that so many people have sensitive skin is unknown but I believe it to be connected to the chemicals we are all exposed in everyday life.
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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 to 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.
The 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 do I do for my organic skincare?
I personally use very little on my skin, I wash it with water in the morning use a light local organic moisturiser mixed with my special blend of essential oils and sea buckthorn.
My secret beauty tip is sleep, drinking tea, spring water, healthy eating, sunshine, being happy and face massage. Yes, face massage I do a few kinds and do it every day. You can even buy my secret face mini massage course here.
It leaves my skin feeling unbelievably plump, hydrated and happy. I like only using 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 kinds of butter like Shea and coconut.
Whilst it’s possible to be allergic to absolutely any ingredient, natural or synthetic, it is commonly the harsher artificial chemicals which can cause me 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 essential oils.
So next time you go to buy a skincare product, check the label, do your research and swap to something organic and natural and help yourself enjoy happier healthier vibrant skin!
Wishing you a vibrant healthy glow!