Your skin is your body's largest organ. How awesome is that?! It's also the most absorbent. That means whatever you slather onto your face before bed, you're also slathering into it. Here are three reasons why every product in your daily facial routine should feature organic, natural ingredients for skin care.
They're free from potentially harmful additives.
If rubbing a handful of genetically modified materials into your eyelids sounds like something out of a horror movie, it probably should. Nonorganic beauty products are often packed with manmade chemicals that may make your moisturizer easier to apply, for example, but may also contribute to skin irritation or other issues with extended use. A product that's been certified organic by the USDA, on the other hand, means it's made without the following:
- Petroleum-based fertilizers
- Sodium laurel
- Laureth sulphate
Instead of these (and other) toxins, organic products are packed with plant-based natural ingredients. They're free from imitation fragrances, too. This is so important not only because, for instance, real honeysuckle smells better than "honeysuckle" that was manufactured in a lab, but also because fragrance recipes are considered "trade secrets" by the FDA. That means their production is virtually unregulated. Yikes.
They're more effective.
Why are natural products better for your skin? It's simple. They use better ingredients that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction or otherwise irritate your skin. Think about it: What's the point in applying a nightly serum if it's loaded with oil-stripping sulfates that are slowly weakening your skin use after use? No matter if it’s a plant-fueled pore minimizer or an organic blemish treatment, the best natural skin care products provide the purest ingredients for your skin, including more antioxidants than their nonorganic counterparts.
As an added bonus, sticking to organic skin care can boost your mental health. When you can pronounce all of the ingredients on the label of your all natural face wash, for example, you can apply it without worrying about whether its long-term use may throw your hormones out of whack. Instead, you can focus on how well it works.
They're better for the Earth.
The best natural ingredients for your skin aren't toxic for you — or for the planet. Certified organic skin care products were farmed without pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that pose a hazard to the Earth.
Additionally, many of the companies that specialize in organic skin care are also devoted to sustainable production practices, such as powering their production facilities with renewable energy sources. Many of these companies also regularly utilize recycled packaging, thereby keeping their environmental impact smaller.
Parting with that beloved but sulfate-filled lip balm you've been loyal to since sophomore year might seem like a daunting task at first, but making the switch to exclusively organic skin care for your face can benefit you greatly in the long run. You know what they say: There are plenty of lip balms in the sea.
OK, fine. Nobody says that, but there are plenty of lip balms, exfoliants, and other natural and organic skin care staples made with clean, nourishing ingredients. Take better care of your skin, and take better care of the planet, too by switching to an all-organic facial care regimen.
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