Here’s a fact for you: your skin is the largest organ of your body. It’s not just a protective covering for your insides, it is an organ in its own right. If you make a point to eat organic foods to keep your organs healthy, why would you slather chemicals on one of them?
When you go to the grocery store, you often read the list of ingredients on the back of food products. Have you taken a look at the ingredient lists of your skin care products lately? Can you pronounce them? Here are a few of the main ingredients to look out for.
Ingredients To Avoid
Alcohol: Often used as a ‘quick-dry’ ingredient in products such as hairspray, it can also be used to help other products dissolve. Not only is it incredibly drying to your skin, it can cause irritation and other nasty side effects.
Fragrance: This is often how you will see it listed in the ingredients because the companies are not forced to elaborate on what kinds of fragrances are used. They are often synthetic, and can be problematic.
Mineral Oil: Despite the healthy sounding name, this oil is anything but. Mineral oil is derived from petroleum and can clog your pores and speed up aging. Even baby oil is actually mineral oil.
Parabens: Often found in shampoo, parabens are synthetic preservatives that have been shown to cause health problems.
A comprehensive list of ingredients to watch out for would go on and on. The fact is, there isn’t as much regulation over skincare ingredients as there is in food, and the food industry even has some ingredients that should be outlawed, and are in other countries. The only way to be safe is to read your ingredients and do your own research.
Natural, organic skincare works because it is more gentle on skin, especially if you are prone to irritation, and it works naturally with your body to get the results you want. There are also no chemicals or preservatives that could have detrimental effects on your health. Here are a few of the best ingredients to look for in your organic skincare.
Ingredients You Want To See In Your Skin Care Products
Green Tea: A powerful natural antioxidant, green tea is great for your health when you drink it and wonderful when applied to your skin. It is anti-inflammatory, making it very soothing for your skin.
Witch Hazel: Instead of harsh, synthetic toners, use witch hazel, a naturally astringent product. It can reduce redness as well as control oil. Just make sure any witch hazel you buy doesn’t have any added alcohol.
Natural oils: Argan oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil, among others, all have far more benefits for skin than synthetic moisturizers. They provide nutrients as they soak into skin and keep it hydrated. Jojoba oil is even closer in composition to your own natural sebum.
Essential oils: For fragrance, you can’t beat essential oils. They have unique health benefits as well as a delicate, natural fragrance. Tea tree oil is a great natural antiseptic and lavender essential oil helps to calm the nerves.
The following 3 ingredients are staples in our skin care for their incredible benefits. These are definitely ingredients you want to see!
Kakadu Plum: This fruit, native to Australia, has a ton of benefits for your skin. It is a great source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and helps the skin produce collagen to keep it supple and young-looking.
Pomegranate: Like the kakadu plum, pomegranates are rich in vitamin C as well. This fruit is not only delicious to eat, but it has a lot of benefits for skin care, which is why we use it in our products.
Luckily, there are just as many beneficial ingredients out there as harmful ones, so make a conscious choice to choose only the best for your skin!
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