While it’s easy to talk about changing your entire skin care routine, we can’t deny that it can be just as intimidating as overhauling your diet. But after a bit of research into the kinds of chemicals hiding in conventional skin care, this daunting decision begins to feel more like a necessity; not to mention the increased benefits for skin when you ditch the unnecessary fillers and over-processed ingredients.
We’ll give you some of our top reasons for making the switch to safer, more responsibly formulated skin care -- we promise your skin will thank you!
While going natural is half the battle for healthy skin, switching to certified organic skin care will win you the war. The difference is in the certification standards. While natural is regulated by less rigorous requirements, products must meet the highest sourcing and handling requirements to obtain organic certification.
Certified organic means that over 95% of the entire formula has been deemed organic, not just one or two minor ingredients. With organic skin care, you can ensure that no pesky synthetics or artificial fillers have hitchhiked their way into your skin.
Choosing organic, biodegradable formulas means the ingredients have been sourced according to organic farming standards and practices. This means that during production and harvesting of the ingredients, there will be less waste produced, less energy used, and more fertile soil developed.
Organic farmers tend to operate under more earth-conscious standards than conventional farms. This is because their focus is centered around healthy, sustainable practices and synergy with the earth, rather than higher yields at lower costs. This explains why conventional farms use chemical fertilizers, and organic ones don’t.
Choosing clean, organic skin care will help to support the mission of organic farmers and earth-friendly agricultural practices. Many clean beauty products will also tend to be cruelty-free due to their more earth conscious standards, and also contain more ingredients that are ethically sourced.
Sure, this one might seem like a no-brainer -- but when arguing why to switch to organic skin care, we can’t forget to include the health benefits of choosing safe over synthetic.
When you avoid artificial fragrances, preservatives, dyes, and other synthetic skin care ingredients, you’re avoiding a plethora of potential health risks. These can include endocrine disruption, reproductive harm, respiratory complications, and even cancer.
While it may take time for certain skin care ingredients to accumulate in your body or your bloodstream, don’t underestimate the power of a daily routine. Most of us get used to a certain product and mindlessly apply it once, twice, sometimes three times a day. Before we know it, years have gone by and daily accumulation has gone from insignificant to a serious health hazard.
Just remember to always double check ingredient lists, or patch test new products first. Some ingredients that come from natural sources may seem healthier, but aren’t made for all skin types (for example, too high of a concentration of essential oils can cause skin irritation for some people). Checking the Environmental Working Group’s website is a great starting point!
When you nix the unnecessary fillers in your skin care, you increase the potency of each carefully placed ingredient. Fillers like like water, fragrance, or excess emulsifiers dilute the potency of each ingredient that would potentially have a beneficial impact on skin.
If you’re spending your hard earned cash on skin care, make sure it’s made without the extra fillers. This way, you’ll reap the full benefits of each ingredient in the formulation, and allow the ingredients to work their magic as nature intended.
When you make the switch to clean beauty products and other personal care products, you’re telling corporate giants that you’ve had enough of the artificial stuff. While any transition takes some time for adjustment, this is one worth sticking with. By making the permanent switch to clean beauty, you become one less customer for conventional corporations.
These conventional beauty brands brands have already begun adjusting to this shift in consumer demand. They’ve had to scramble to produce more natural offerings for the long term – thought most still can’t stand up to rigorous natural or organic certification standards. For example, might claim to have clean products, while containing only 1-2 natural ingredients in a base of toxic ingredients.
When you make the switch to organic, you increase demand for certifiable ingredients. This demand supports organic farms, which in turn allows them to grow staff and resources to produce more! This increased organic ingredient availability leads to more competitive wholesale pricing for skin care companies who purchase their ingredients, eventually leading to lower retail prices at checkout. With supply and demand, you hold the key to shifting the worldwide market and consciousness towards clean beauty!
Still not sure about making the switch? Check out what other skin care junkies are saying about Puristry, our own line of clean beauty! Then hop over to read up on the benefits of cold pressed oils, natural skin care preservatives, and more!