If we believe that organic foods are better for our body,
we should have the same belief in organic skincare products
People with health awareness believe that “using organic products” will enable them to “treat themselves and the planet in a better way.” However, the quantity of organic skincare products is very limited worldwide.
Many countries, due to their lenient regulations on labeling, permit the word “organic” to easily appear on the packaging of skincare products to draw the attention of customers, even if there is only a single ingredient in the products or in the formulations has something to do with “organic”.
Therefore, if you want to find out whether products are truly organic, you’d better ignore the fancy words on the packaging, but thoroughly check the ingredient list. And this is perhaps the most exciting part for true organic fans.
I once heard from a French organic enthusiast about his understanding on organic skincare: It’s like discovering a new world. To read the ingredient list of the skincare product is like reading the recipe of how to cook an amazing dish. Each plant and mineral has a story of its own beginning from the seed and soil all the way to the final product packaging. This process is worth being emphasized and celebrated.
Just like organic food, the organically grown ingredients in skin care products also feature higher natural energy and nutritional levels, and contain almost no chemical residues that may irritate the skin or cause long-term harm to the body.
Some people ask: what makes a skin care product not organic? After the explanation above, the answer is very obvious: when it contains ingredients that are not organically grown.
Again, there is still a lack of strict supervisions to “organic” labels. A so-called “organic” product may contain little or no organically grown plant materials. So it is essential to read the complete ingredient list and trace the source of each ingredient. If you don’t have so much time, just choose an internationally recognized or certified organic brand and try it first. As long as you are really fond of “organic”, you will soon become an expert.
Organic skincare products are more expensive
As we all know, organic foods are much more expensive than ordinary foods. A product’s price is usually directly related to its “quality and nutrition content”. Consumers who stick to organic foods understand very well that their high price is in fact quite reasonable.
Concerning organic skincare products, apart from the higher cost of raw materials, the demand for personalization and complicated testing procedures also raise the price. There is a stricter demand for the manufacturing, transportation and waste discharge procedures of organic skincare products. They contain only naturally sourced preservatives and bactericide. In order to maximize the freshness and functions of the products, the shelf life of organic skincare products is shorter and they are more demanding for storage conditions.
According to the research, all the large retailers in China do not want to take the responsibility of dealing with expired products on their shelves and therefore choose not to sell high-quality organic products. As a result, organic skin care products are circulated in just a small range, resulting a higher cost in every aspect during the circulation.
Support organic agriculture
Rodale Institute in the United States is supporting and promoting the organic movement through research, farmer training and consumer education. The institute compares traditional agriculture with organic agriculture in the past 30 years. The results show that the greenhouse gas emissions of traditional agricultural systems is 40% more than that of organic agriculture. The climate change caused by such carbon emissions will lead to food shortages and the decline of population health in the long run.
Therefore, supporting organic farming will contribute to the food security of future generations. Organic farmland has the natural ability to search, capture, store and use natural water resources. Of course, what appeals to organic fans most is the benefits of organic agriculture to the planet and the harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.
Therefore, the purchase and use of organic skin care products is actually a way of supporting organic agriculture from the source. Consequently, carbon emission is reduced and the environment of the planet is protected.
Beware of allergies
But I want to remind you that even an organic product is not necessarily safe for everyone. For example, many organic essential oils feature effective anti-cancer properties, but unfortunately, they may not be safe for the elderly and infants due to their thinner skin barrier.
Therefore, people with an allergic history must check the ingredient list carefully. If you are allergic to certain plants, you’d better have a test first whether the organic skincare products that contains the materials of this plant will cause an allergy to you. Also, if your skin is very sensitive and you are not sure what specific ingredient you are allergic to, you’d better buy the odorless organic products because aromatic essential oils have a higher possibility of causing allergic reactions.