Just like eating organic foods, switching to an organic beauty regime can be a rewarding experience. Not just giving you incredible results for your skin but having a positive effect on the environment too. Here we round up our top 7 reasons for making the switch and the benefits of organic vs non organic skin care products...
Organic beauty can be better for the environment
Perhaps the best reason for making the switch to organic beauty products is the positive impact they can have on the environment. Organic farming, unlike conventional farming techniques, means that no pesticides or herbicides are used, there are no GMO ingredients and farmers actively protect wildlife, biodiversity and our waterways.
Not only that, but there are carbon footprint benefits to using organic ingredients too. Organic farming uses 45% less energy than non-organic farming methods and produces 40% less greenhouse gases than conventional farming techniques which means there are huge environmental gains to be made by switching to organic beauty products.
By shopping certified organic beauty in particular you're also being reassured that the certifying body has checked the packaging your product comes in to ensure it is sustainably sourced and can be easily reused or recycled.
Organic beauty products are cruelty free
This might sound like we're stating the obvious because, by law every beauty product sold within the EU cannot be tested on animals so are cruelty free by default. But what about all those insects that are killed when non organic ingredients are farmed? And especially those that aren't even considered a pest but are killed just by flying around the field whilst it's being sprayed, or forced to swim in streams and rivers contaminated with pesticides. Whilst organic farming still uses non-chemical pesticides and fertilizers that help to ensure crops are grown without being ravaged by nature, they are less aggressive and may therefore reduce the amount of insects being wiped out.
Switching to an organic beauty regime means that the ingredients are grown without the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides which kill bugs, insects and pests and can flow into our waterways so you can ensure your beauty products are as ethical as possible.
Organic beauty formulations are just as potent and effective as conventional beauty products
Often conventional beauty products can have lots of filler ingredients like water, drying non fatty alcohols, synthetic preservatives and carrier ingredients for artificial vitamins and minerals that can be found naturally within many organic skincare ingredients as standard.
Research has also shown that organic ingredients contain 60% more anti oxidants than non organic crops. As anti oxidants are one of the most effective ways to tackle ageing skin conditions such as pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and dullness, organic beauty products are a great way to make sure you're getting the most anti oxidant rich ingredients on your skin.
Organic beauty can help alleviate sensitive skin
Conventional, mainstream beauty products often still have taboo ingredients within their formulations like parabens, phthalates, sodium laurel sulphates, synthetic dyes and preservatives and artificial fragrances and parfums.
Often such ingredients can cause skin irritation, rashes and even dry skin conditions like dermatitis. With synthetic ingredients like fragrance or parfum (which appears on the label in what seems to a singular ingredient but is actually a multitude of different ingredients hidden under the word 'fragrance'), it can be really difficult to narrow down what exactly is causing the irritation.
Switching to organic ingredients with easily identifiable, often flower, fruit or herb based names can help you to not only soothe your skin but easily figure out what may be causing any sensitivity.
Organic beauty formulations are simpler and easier to understand
Have you ever looked at the ingredients in a conventional beauty product vs an organic one and felt utterly bamboozled by a never ending list of chemical sounding ingredients?
Compare that to an organic formulation which uses well known, often food based ingredients, and the formulations and most importantly the benefits to your skin are much easier to understand and relate to.
Ingredients from nature have been tried and tested for generations
Moisturising with olive oil, applying a brightening turmeric mask and cleansing the skin with clay are all natural skincare rituals that have stood the test of time and have been passed down for centuries to still be used effectively to this day. And it's not just historic beauty secrets, but plants and flowers have been studied for their therapeutic and healing properties in herbal medicine too making them a great place to start for a more natural and organic beauty regime.
An organic beauty regime can complement a healthy lifestyle
Often by eating healthily and regularly exercising, you want to focus on other aspects of your life that can also make you feel content and well. By incorporating organic beauty products into a holistic lifestyle not only can you feel more confident in the appearance of your skin but you can also improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing in the process.
As we've listed above, there are many benefits to using organic beauty products but by taking time out of each day to focus on your own self care, it can help you to feel more positive and motivated to continue focussing on your health and wellbeing in everyday life.