5 reasons you should switch to organic beauty
OrganicSeptember is here – and while many of us already know about the virtues of natural, pesticide-free food, organic-based products are gaining a huge following among the beauty crowd.
Here’s why to join them this Autumn:
- They’re just as effective
‘Plants have fantastic potency, and organic products can achieve remarkable results. The latest advances in extraction and manufacturing methods mean that organic and natural cosmetics can now provide the consumer with a varied choice of products,’ says Victoria Harrison of organic beauty experts Dr. Organic.
- You’ll be taking fewer chemicals into your body
‘It’s bizarre to be eating organic food but smothering yourself in [cosmetic] nasties,’ points out Helen Browning, CEO of the Soil Association. One study estimated the average woman absorbs almost 5lb of chemicals through her skin each year – a sobering thought. While each product may only contain a small of amount of certain ingredients, it’s the cumulative effect over time of applying products regularly that causes concern.
- They’re packed full of active ingredients
‘Organic has the highest levels of flavonoids, antioxidants and trace minerals. And when it comes to the science buzzwords, like hyaluronic acid and retinol, organic beauty holds its own,’ says Louise Green of Neal’s Yard.
- They’re good for the environment
Buying a moisturiser containing organic English lavender in itself is a step towards preserving our countryside, points out Green. Fewer pesticides can only be a good thing; exposure to high levels can cause health problems for farm workers, from rashes and eye irritations to certain cancers. And when you rinse away your organic cleanser, it won’t contribute to water pollution.
- They can help those with sensitive or allergy-prone skin
Many people with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema report that organic skincare products work better for them as they contain lower amounts of synthetic products.