Taking care of your skin and hair is essential, after all, your skin especially is the body’s largest living organ. I’ll be honest: at one point, I never gave organic skincare and haircare products too much thought. I always liked the idea of them and backed anyone completely who followed that beauty regime. But it wasn’t all that essential to me.
However, after recently becoming poorly over the Christmas period, it’s somehow made me more aware than ever before of what you put inside and onto your body. This was completely unrelated to my illness (two infections caught from food poisoning in Morocco – oh the joys!), but I’ll always remember one day feeling ridiculously grim, and applying a strong Salicylic Acid acne treatment from Clinique.
Now, the product works fab, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I can taste it. How mad is that – tasting a product you only apply to your skin? And believe me, it doesn’t taste nice. The product is a strong acne treatment, so god knows what acids are going into my bloodstream.
I won’t dwell on the particular product, lots of personal care products on the market contain toxins and chemicals that suffocate the skin. But now, ranges of natural and organic skincare products you can use for anti-ageing and to keep your skin looking smooth, supple and radiant are becoming more and more in demand.
Why should I choose organic skincare products?
I’m not going to tell you that you should follow this lifestyle choice, because it’s each to their own. But I’m certainly going to making a few more organic and natural choices this year.
In a nutshell, organic means safe, and that’s the bottom line. I’m going to be keeping my eye out on vegan, 100% organic, non-GMO skin care lines for 2019, in a bid to eliminate toxins in my body. One of my favourite brands I’ve discovered lately is Nurture My Body which aims to do exactly what the name says.
The brand lives off the motto ‘ingredients with integrity’ – ensuring all ingredients are plant-derived and extensively researched to ensure they’re safe for you and the environment.
In my opinion, you should treat yourself to the best skin and hair care out there. You’re worth every penny.
1. Many mainstream products contain chemicals that are easily absorbed into the skin and can enter the blood stream.
Many of the ingredients in these products also inhibit the skin’s ability to breathe and can be linked to conditions such as allergies and headaches. If you think of your overall health, that’s pretty nasty.
2. Choosing organic skincare products is a natural and effective way to get your skin feeling and looking radiant.
Organic and natural products work with your skin to enhance its regenerative and healing properties. Organic skincare products are chemical and pesticide free, meaning it is better for your body and the environment.
3. You’ll experience the power of nature
With organic and natural products, you get to experience just how powerful oils, herbs and plants really can be for the skin. Some of my favourites which I’ve seen brilliant results with include Tea Tree, Witch Hazel, Rose Hip, Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Avocado Oil.
Also, chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers in skin care products and makeup can cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Many people are even allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products.
Natural makeup, skin care products, and body products work with your skin instead of against it. So the above listed ingredients (unless you have an allergy) will work in tandem with your skin and hair to bring out the best result.
What skincare ingredients should I look to avoid?
It’s always best to read the labels of your skincare products, as this will show you what ingredients you are putting on your skin.
Many skin care products contain a range of toxins and chemicals including sodium lauryl sulphate which has been linked to health problems such as contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities.
Harmful ingredients to avoid include:
- Propylene glycol
- Sodium lauryl sulphate
- Methyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, ethyl paraben
- Imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea
- Stearalkonium chloride
Even when buying organic skincare products it is still essential to read the labels. Some organic skincare products may include harmful preservatives and preparation aids.
What natural ingredients should I look out for?
- Unrefined vegetable and nut oils – these are kinder to your skin and hair, and provide super moisturising powers.
- Essential oils – these reach the deeper layers of the skin where they can hydrate, nourish and rejuvenate skin cells.
- Vitamins – Look for Vitamin A which moisturises the skin and scalp, improves the texture of photo-damaged skin and enhances the skin’s elasticity. Vitamin B enhances the healing process of dry skin. Vitamin C may be useful in brightening the skin. Vitamin E can enhance the performance of UV blockers while softening the skin. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are also both potent antioxidants.
- Vitamin C is actually one of my favourite natural ingredients in skincare, as it keeps it bright and helps with pigmentation. A key product I’d recommend packed with Vitamin C is the Nurture My Body’s Fragrance Free Vita C Cream. It’s made with organic botanicals infused with Vitamin C, to boost collagen production and reduce signs of aging.
- Beneficial herbs and botanicals including aloe vera, lavender oil and nettle. Organic skin care products such as oils and butters are also growing in popularity. Some healthy ingredients are some I mentioned above: avocado oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and shea butter.
Let me know your thoughts on natural and organic beauty regimes… it’s certainly one I’m leaning towards.