The move to organic started in the food industry, as people wanted to consume produce and foods that had not been exposed to pesticides and potentially harmful farming procedures and manufacturing processes. It follows that more and more evidence shows that many of the synthetic health and beauty products we use are also harmful to our health, leading to more people turning to natural and organic alternatives. The amount of organic skincare lines and products are growing to keep up with this trend.
Natural and organic skincare products offer a refreshing alternative to the vast majority of products which use synthetic ingredients and fragrances which can aggravate the skin and cause health problems. Natural and organic products are safer for your skin, and do not introduce foreign ingredients that end up harming your skin over time. These products are also great for sensitive skin, as the ingredients used are natural, making the products more gentle and without the addition of synthetic, harsh fragrances.
Let’s take a look at the common ingredients of natural products, and what benefits organic ingredients can have for you.
Edible, Food-Grade Ingredients
Natural and organic skincare makes use of what already naturally exists within our food, particularly in fruits and vegetables. Often natural skincare products aim to capitalize on the health benefits that these fruits and vegetables provide. Accordingly, they will use fruits and vegetable oils and extracts from organic produce. The more common produce you might see in natural skin are are cucumbers, avocados, papayas, tomatoes, grapefruits and other citrus fruits. You will also see food-grade oils such as olive, grapeseed, almond, avocado, and wheat germ.
Wheat germ oil is a popular ingredient in natural products aimed for anti-aging. It is a thick oil, rich in vitamin E, making it a fantastic moisturizer, helping to slough off dead and dry skin. It is the oil that is excellent for mature, normal or dry skin types. A popular beauty procedure is to use wheat germ oil as a facial mask or as part of a facial mask.
Other common materials in natural organic skincare include milk products and oats or oatmeal. In addition to being a great source of protein, fat and calcium as food item, milk is also an excellent cleanser, being rich and soothing to the skin. You will often see organic products that combine milk ingredients with oatmeal to create a soothing but effective exfoliating cleanser. Such products that use this combination are great for oily skin; oatmeal in particular is great for oily skin and can be effectively combined with other materials such as honey.
Natural and organic skincare relies heavily on herbs, flowers, and essential oils extracted from flowers and plants. These oils are fantastic for skin, and you can find them used in all products ranging from the essential oil itself to creams, cleansers and toners. Lavender is one of the most popular ingredients in natural skincare as it is gentle and effective – lavender floral water (water left over from essential oil extraction) is an excellent toner for all skin types. Products that use rose petals, rose oil or other forms of rose are particularly good for dry and mature skin.
There are specific natural and organic skincare products for each skin types out there – be sure to read labels and choose products right for your skin type.
*Note: Due to the natural base of these products, natural and organic skincare products tend to have shorter expiration dates. Pay attention to the dates so that your products remain fresh and do not go rancid.