Organic Skincare is quickly growing in popularity. Organic beauty products are becoming more affordable, as demand for healthy, all natural skin products increases. But many people still think of organic skincare as something that only comes from nature… or plants. In truth, organic products come from all over the world, from Japan to Uruguay to Brazil, and even Vietnam.
Non-organic skincare contains an astounding number of scary synthetic ingredients. Parabens (formaldehyde) and phthalates (used as preservatives by many brands), are just two of the scary chemicals commonly found in “natural” cosmetics. Most of the ingredients used in non-natural cosmetics have actually been banned in other countries, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe. In fact, most cosmetic ingredients are potentially dangerous, even when they are classified as naturally occurring – the EPA advises that you “Do Not Use” a number of ingredients, because they are known or suspected of causing cancer. The only safe and all-natural ingredients are the organic, plant-based versions that have been tested and certified as safe.
Organic skincare doesn’t necessarily mean “pesticides on steroids”, either. Organic ingredients come from plants grown with organic growing methods and sometimes even organically raised animals, which often contain fewer pesticides than do animals raised with traditional animal hormones. That’s not to say that organic foods are necessarily free of pesticides; in fact, the United States and other countries have developed regulations for organically raised foods that are safe for consumption. The difference is that the ingredients used in organically raised foods are grown under strict regulations in order to be sure the crops are as healthy as possible.