I have recently been rethinking my back to nature stance. This is a good thing, even with a name like “green”. I have been a nature girl since I was a little girl. I could live outdoors; easily, just give me a tarp and a warm beach! So what does all this have to do with organic skin care? I am sharing my conclusion after looking at all my green commitments, including organic products for skin care. Research lags behind marketing. That does not mean that organic skincare claims are phony. You do have to do your homework, though, on organic products for skincare. Just like we are finding out that some of our “green” solutions are not so environmentally friendly and we have to stop and make some adjustments, organic skincare is still evolving. Keep in mind that there is no legal definition for organic as it relates to organic skincare, and there is no oversight on how much of the natural ingredient is in each product. The good news is we have a lot to look forward to in organic skincare – if we don’t kill all the rainforests first.
Here are my seven suggestions to keep that natural beauty going with organic skincare:
1. We are so lucky to have the internet, so use it. Search out companies that sell organic products for skincare products. Is the website professional? Does the company have a mission statement? Are the products cruelty free? If there is a “contact us” email, send them an email asking detailed questions? Only you know what you want and expect from organic skincare.
2. Research your current skincare products. Some skincare lines that are known for traditional chemical products now offer organic products for skincare. If you like a particular retailer, you may want to start here in purchasing organic products.
3. Decide what things are most important to you. I want organic skincare that has eliminated animal testing, will ease the look of my lines and wrinkles, fade my brown spots and protect my face from ultraviolet rays. Everyone has their own priorities. Just remember, organic skincare cannot deliver everything, not yet anyway.
4. Green tea and white tea have some research behind them showing protection against UV rays and they are rich in antioxidants.
5. Some research supports the claim for organic skincare with coffee berry and soy; that it removes unwanted brown spots, or reduces the color.
6. I remember having severe eczema as a child and the soothing effect of oatmeal baths. Both oatmeal and chamomile in organic. natural skincare will calm irritated skin.
7. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E. It may help skin sensitivities and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.