Estelle & Thild: A beginner's guide to organic skin care
‘Organic’ is a word we hear almost daily, but what does it actually mean? We’re well aware that organic food is better for our bodies and the environment, so it’s no surprise that organic skin care products boast similar benefits. Whether you’re conscious of the chemicals you put into your system or mindful of the environment, there’s no time like the present to make the migration to organic skin care.
What is organic skin care?
More than just a buzzword, organic skin care products have a very real set of characteristics. They're defined by the ingredients they use, which must be prepared without harmful chemicals, pesticides or hormones. Organic skin care products use more natural ingredients than mainstream beauty products, although they shouldn’t be confused with ‘natural skin care products’. Such products are made only with plant or mineral extracts. Organic and natural skin care products are often lumped together but are slightly different by definition.
Benefits of organic skin care products
Considering making the change? Let us fill you in on the benefits of organic skin care...
No chemicals: Sadly, many mainstream beauty products contain chemicals that can actually do more damage than good in the long run. The effects of excessive chemical usage may not present themselves until later life, making it impossible to see the damage you're doing. By switching to organic products, you have greater control over the chemicals that enter your system - which will be a big fat zero. Hurrah!
Improved skin hydration: Synthetic products may add moisture to the skin in the short term but can be drying and dehydrating in the long term. Organic skin care products use a greater array of naturally-derived ingredients which keep your complexion smooth and well moisturised, reducing the need for further product usage. Better still, organic skin care products are a fantastic way to boost your nutrient intake. Vitamin C, E and A are some of the skin-loving ingredients found in Sephora's organic beauty collection.
Go guilt-free: Wouldn’t you rather feel good and look good, rather than just the latter? Organic skin care products are kinder on the planet due to the ways their ingredients are produced and harvested. With no damaging pesticides that harm land and wildlife, your ecological footprint is lessened... As is the weight on your conscience!
Ingredients to look out for
Organic skin care products use a whole host of lovely ingredients which are great for the skin and hair. Poppy seed, water lily, rose oil, jojoba and almond oil are all completely natural and known to add moisture, balance oil levels and calm inflammation. Keep an eye out for naturally-occurring oils and vitamins including Omega oils, essential oils and Vitamins C and E.