by Kim Lewin-Reilly 06/02/16
Most skin care is crap. It’s a scientifically proven fact*
Organic skin care on the other hand, well that’s a whole new ballgame.
We’ve talked before about what organic skin care is, and gave you the three main reasons why you should choose organic skin care:
In this post we cover the middle point. Which I think is perhaps the main reason why we all choose to spend so much time and money on skin care in the first place ~
Speaking from personal experience, if you want to dramatically improve your complexion, and I’m not talking “looks great with makeup on”, I’m talking “bare-faced, get up in the morning, look in the mirror and smile gleefully at your beautiful, glowing visage”, you need to make the switch to using organic skin care.
Other than their positive health effects, well-made organic skin care products are capable of improving your skin’s tone, elasticity, structural barrier, ability to repair itself, and its texture. And, if all of that wasn’t enough, organic skin care can also decrease your likelihood of developing acne (at least, certain strains of acne), by fighting off bacteria, balancing moisture levels and decreasing irritation.
Conventional & Natural vs Organic
You see, irritation, redness and acne can actually be caused or spurred-on by conventional product ingredients, as they themselves are irritants! Conventional ingredients such as Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT) (sound lovely, don’t they?), are proven to cause skin sensitisation. And MIT was even named Allergen of the Year 2013 by The American Contact Dermatitis Society according to safecosmetics.org. I wonder what they wore to the awards show…
This irritation often leads to redness, and can also mean your skin’s structural barrier becomes compromised. Then bacteria can easily get in and cause acne, or at least breakouts. Sound familiar?
I know it seems we’re comparing opposite ends of the spectrum here, (conventional – organic), but even when looking at ‘natural’ ingredients compared to organic, there’s a huge void. Not so much in terms of irritation, but in terms of potency and of course exposure to pesticides.
I like using examples. So let’s take, for example, an organic extract we like to talk about and champion a lot; kakadu plum. This is an incredibly potent ingredient, native to Australia, and as I’m sure you’ve heard said before, has the highest natural levels of vitamin C in the world. Kakadu plums have developed extreme methods of survival. They have evolved to produce exceptionally high levels of this anti-oxidant (vitamin C) to ward-off free radicals, protecting the plant from the sun. This enables them to grow wild, thriving under conditions that other plants aren’t able to. These very same concentrated levels of anti-oxidants and vitamins are essential for the health of your skin.
Do I have something on my face? This is my skin, no makeup, just an organic face mask. Pretty darn clear all in all…
Organic Trumps All
If you took this same crop (kakadu plums), and grew them using traditional farming methods, nurturing the plant with plenty of water, fertiliser and bug spray, thus making it a natural product, and therefore no longer organic or wild harvested, would it have those same extremely high levels of vitamins and anti-oxidants? Well this has actually been done already, and the resounding answer was no.
From the Organic Buyers Group: “In the Kimberleys, where it is known as Gubinge, they’re not irrigating it or cultivating it using typical commercial horticultural techniques, which a number of operations up in the Northern Territory are doing. Essentially, those precious vital phytonutrients (the antioxidants within plants) are there to make the plant itself stronger. They do the same for the plant as they do for us, so if you pamper the plant too much, it doesn’t need them anymore! If that plant is in its natural environment and there’s a certain level of environmental stress present, that makes the plant stronger, so you get these higher levels of antioxidants.”
What’s the big deal about anti-oxidants? They protect your skin from sun damage and other environmental factors, plus anti-oxidants such as vitamin C help your skin to produce collagen which are the very building blocks of new skin tissue. If your skin is able to replenish itself more readily, it will look ‘newer’, smoother, clearer, healthier and all of those other lovely words we associate with beauty and health.
Now I’m not saying every conventional or natural product or ingredient is BAD, BAD, BAD. Nor am I saying every organic skin care product is GREAT. But, generally speaking, both points are true to a large degree.
“DO YOU HAVE DRY OR OILY SKIN? USE ORGANIC SKIN CARE. SUN DAMAGED SKIN? USE ORGANIC SKIN CARE. SENSITIVE SKIN? USE ORGANIC SKIN CARE.”
So now that you know all the health benefits that come along with using organic skincare, as well as the plethora of benefits for your complexion, why not have a look around to see the incredible organic products out there, waiting to be slathered all over your face and body? I think you know which ones we’d recommend.
*Not actually a scientifically proven fact.
Read more on ORGANIC BEAUTY LIFE, the wellness blog of lewin & reilly.