An average woman is exposed to more than 100 chemicals in their skincare and makeup daily even before they leave their bathroom in the morning. It is alarming to know that the seemingly harmless personal care products we have grown up with are contributors to serious health hazards, such as cancer and neurological damage, that plague many today. The skin is the largest organ of the human body, so just imagine the massive rates at which it is absorbing the chemicals it come into contact with. It is time to make a change.
Below are the top 5 reasons we believe you should choose organic cosmetic products.
1 – Gentle on Your Skin
Organic makeup is made with nutrients that will benefit your skin. From nourishing minerals like magnesium, calcium, mica and zinc oxide to botanical ingredients like tea tree oil, rosemary extracts and green tea, these products of nature soothe and protect the skin.
Most makeup contains harsh chemicals that are bad for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is wise to choose organic makeup because it is less irritating. By using products with high concentrations of the ingredients listed above, your skin’s overall condition will naturally improve.
2 – Offers Sun Protection
The three major ingredients found in mineral makeups–titanium oxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxide–offer protection against sun damage and premature aging of the skin, decreasing the risk of skin cancer. Aside from providing long-lasting coverage, titanium oxide also provides ultraviolet protection with its built-in SPF 15. Zinc oxide provides sun protection against UVA rays (ultraviolet A) and UVB rays (ultraviolet B). Last of all, iron oxide provides UV protection aside from giving the mineral foundations and eye shadows their hues.
3 – Protect Our Future Generation
Many chemicals found in our daily skincare have been linked to birth defects, and more recently, one of the well-known household names for baby products has been linked to cancer. It’s scary to think most people in our generation grew up swearing by these well-marketed brands. According to Ronnie Cummins, Director of the Organic Consumers Administration in the U.S., “Pregnant women with higher levels of phthalates commonly found in fragrances, shampoos, cosmetics and nail polishes are more likely to have children who display disruptive behavior years later.” Children are innocent and shouldn’t become victims of the adult world. When you use organic cosmetics you make a silent contribution to the wellbeing of future generations.
4 – Nourish the Environment
Many of the products we use daily are petrochemical-based. These chemicals pollute our water supply as they get flushed from our bathrooms. The situation is akin to an oil spill leaking from our plumbing around the size of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
This vicious chain reaction takes the lives of animals, plants and in turn, humans. We are not just harming ourselves, but also the world we live in. Organic cosmetic products are better for the environment because organic farming eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers. Fertilizers and chemicals all have a destructive effect on our water, soil and health.
Organically grown plants also do not have any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as these may pose a significant threat to both human and environmental health. Therefore, through looking out for your own health, you’re also helping to protect our fragile ecosystem. That is what we call a “win-win” situation.
5 – Take care of your body
Many of us who use cosmetic products layer our faces with countless products–toner, serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, foundation again, blush then bronzer. Not to mention eye cream, eye shadow primer and 3 different shades of shadow, eyeliner, brow liner. Imagine how many chemicals have been actively seeping into our skin! We might wake up the next day to severe outbreaks, a sign of rebellion from our delicate skin for mistreating it. Then we wonder why our skin reacts this way.
Our bodies send us clear signals when we mistreat it. We must be sensitive to the needs of our bodies and learn to read warning signals before our skin goes berserk.
When you use organic cosmetics, you skin feels much more balanced and shows less signs of angst. If your skin is used to organic cosmetics and you use chemical-based products again for a day, your skin will likely break out the next day as the organic products have become your body’s new norm. A key benefit of organic makeup is that you don’t need to worry about breakouts or other bad reactions.