Organic skin care is becoming more popular all the time. It is estimated that during the average beauty regime, a woman is applying over 200 different chemical compounds to her skin, resulting in irritation, rashes, allergies, or other side effects for many. Switching to organic skin care seems obvious to a growing number of people. Organic skin care means using skin care products that do not contain any chemical additives and are made with little to no chemical processing.
Understanding Your Skin
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It helps rid the body of toxins, produces Vitamin D from exposure to the sun, and helps metabolize amino acids and carbohydrates. It maintains proper body temperature and fluid balance. Your skin is not just a covering for your body… it works with your circulatory, endocrine and nervous system. Chemicals can damage this important system all too easily, rendering it less able to perform its job. Organic skin care can help keep your skin in peak health by following a few simple guidelines.
Use Organic Skin Care Daily
Organic skin care covers a wide range of treatments. It can include face care, cosmetics, aromatherapy, and body care. Organic skin care will give your skin a natural healthy glow. Utilizing natural substances like olive oil, seaweed, honey, oatmeal, milk, sea salt and essential oils, organic skin care regimens will replenish your skin’s moisture, and be gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Learn to Read Label
Turn the bottle around. Look at the ingredients on that skin cleanser, lipstick, or exfoliant. Does it contain words you cannot pronounce easily, like methylparaben? How about something easily pronounced, like fragrance? Anything listed as ‘fragrance’ is synthetic, and may contain such chemical toxins as formaldehyde, a known cause of cancer. Look at the placement of the ingredient as well. Ingredients are listed from greatest concentration to least, so the first ingredient will be the main substance in the product. If that all natural ingredient you were buying the product for is one of the last ingredients listed, you may want to look further for a product that suits your needs.
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize and Treat on a Regular Basis
When choosing a good cleanser, choose an organic formula that does not leave your skin feeling tight or dry. A good cleanser should leave your skin smooth and clean instead. Cleanse your skin at night, or when you feel it needs a good scrub.
Quality moisturizers will contain olive oil or shea butter. Olive oil is easily assimilated by the skin, and helps moisturize the skin, especially if it is applied in an exfoliating scrub. It can also be used as a carrier for essential oils used as fragrance or massage oil. Shea butter is a natural fat from the fruit of the Shea tree that is often used in organic skin care. Shea butter is effective on burns, scars, eczema, blemishes, dry skin, acne, rashes, chapped lips, stretch marks and more. It is thick, melts easily at skin temperature, and is easily absorbed by the skin.
Choose Cosmetics Carefully
It is surprising, but there are many brands of organic cosmetics available now. Almost anything you can get in the local drug store can be found with an organic equivalent. Unlike their more common counterparts, organic cosmetics will not contain FD&C dyes, synthetic fragrances, or petroleum products.
Organic essential oils can not only be used as conventional aromatherapy, providing relaxation or an uplifting sense of well-being, but they can be blended to make your own signature scents to fit your mood. Lavender is good for relaxation, for example. Citrus blends can lift your spirits after a long day. When you add your oils into a carrier such as olive oil, not only do you smell good, but the olive oil will moisturize your skin.
Maintaining your skin is very important to your overall health. Your skin absorbs anything that is applied to it within fifteen minutes, so think twice before applying anything that may include toxic chemicals. Organic skin care can help sustain your skin in an optimal condition, thereby helping maintain your overall health.