Thursday, 1 October 2015

5 Reasons You Should Switch to Organic Cosmetics

She's So Lucy Organic Cosmetics Amy Mia Goldsmith

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Since 10,000 BC, Egyptians used natural ingredients for cosmetic purposes. These few herbs and plants included: myrrh, thyme, marjoram, chamomile, lavender, lily, peppermint, rosemary, cedar, rose and other plants. Even back in ancient times, beauty and skincare products played a major role in people’s lives. Today, in the 21st century, we return to nature again.

Organic cosmetics have gained momentum in the last thirty years, because its benefits are great for your skin and the environment.

Better for your skin

The fact that the skin absorbs up to 60% of what we apply on it will make you think twice before you choose a cosmetic or skincare product. Organic cosmetics do not contain any synthetic ingredients that can be absorbed by the skin. After your skin absorbs the ingredients, it then enters the bloodstream. 
Organic products nourish your skin with naturally derived ingredients. Furthermore, plants used for manufacturing of cosmetic products are not treated with chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides. The technology has advanced rapidly allowing us to use gentle, non-irritant products.

Better for sensitive skin

Synthetic ingredients are the main culprits behind sensitive skin problems. Even synthetic dyes and fragrances can wreak havoc on your skin. Ingredients in conventional cosmetics can trigger reactions resulting in redness, itchiness, and tightness. People who suffer from eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis, should not come into contact with synthetic chemicals. This is when organic cosmetics comes to rescue.

Organic skin care products do not contain synthetic dyes and fragrances, or any kind preservatives that can cause reactions on the sensitive skin. The most common preservatives are parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone and formaldehyde. These ingredients cannot be found in organic cosmetics. I use and recommend 100 percent pure skin care products. My absolute favourite is the coconut based body cream and body butter.

Better for the environment

There are a plethora of environmental benefits of organic agriculture. By eliminating the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, veterinary drugs, genetically modified seeds and breeds, preservatives, additives and irradiation, the ecological balance is now re-established. Specific soil building practices improve the soil, so that there is no need for using synthetic inputs. 
Organic agriculture tends to minimize water and air pollution as much as possible. For example, many practices related to organic agriculture has the return of carbon to the soil as their results. The more carbon is retained in the soil, the less impact is made on the environment. For all those eco-conscious consumers,using organic cosmetic products makes them one step closer to a better environment.

Better for your wallet

It is widely believed that organic cosmetics can be pretty expensive. Since the production of organic goods can be expensive, it is believed that products must be unaffordable for an average consumer. However, this assumption is not completely true. Even though an organic cosmetic product may cost more than an average conventional one, it does not mean that the price of organic cosmetics is the highest on the market. There are hundreds of super expensive cosmetic and skincare products which still contain toxic ingredients.
Additionally, we can expect that the cost of organic products to decrease with the advance of organic agriculture.

Better for your overall health

It is not unknown that certain cosmetic and skincare products contain chemicals which are harmful for our overall health. As we have said, the The skin absorbs toxic ingredients which can cause various health issues. From skin allergies to cancer and reproductive problems, some of the most common ingredients found in conventional cosmetics can pose serious health problems. On the other hand, you can be sure that organic products are beneficial to both your skin and your overall health.

Plautus said that “a woman without paint is like food without salt.” Even though Plautus lived in 184 BC, his quote can be applied to the contemporary society more than ever. We as consumers are conscious of the several toxic ingredients found in typical cosmetics. Switching to organic cosmetics is not the solution, but it is reassuring to know that we have an alternative.

About the Author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne who loves to write short stories and reviews. Her passion is organic cosmetics and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course – make up shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page.

Thank you millions to Amy for this brilliant post. I really felt like I learnt a lot more than I already did and it's certainly made me reconsider what products I'm using on a daily basis. You can tell she really knows her stuff and well researched her reasoning for choosing organic products. I really hope you enjoyed this, and I'm confident you did!

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Have you tried organic cosmetics? Did you see better results? Do you prefer manmade, chemical cosmetics or natural products? Do you think it's important we opt for organic produce in general?
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