Most women don’t realize the amount of chemicals they pat, dab and rub on their skin on a daily basis. Your luxurious scented lotions, make-up removers and shampoos and hair masks all have chemicals in their lists of ingredients.
A whopping 60% of all these chemicals are absorbed by our skin and enter the bloodstream—a potential trigger for allergies or skin eczema, or aggravating conditions for those who already have them.
One way to counter this is to go organic.
Organic products are as natural as you can get, as they are grown free of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and artificially modified ingredients.
As more and more people are choosing this option, you may come across products that claim to be organic but are actually not.
How to tell if a product is organic
To be labeled “organic,” a product has to be 95% organically grown. For products to claim they are “made with organic ingredients,” at least 70% of those ingredients should be organically grown.
Some may argue that organic products are just like regular ones, only with a higher price tag. One may argue back that you can never be too cautious of what you put on your skin, especially nowadays.
And doesn’t it follow that the fewer chemicals you put on or ingest, the better it is for you in the long run?
To help you decide, check out the pros and cons of going organic below.
• All natural, meaning you are putting less junk and harmful chemicals on your skin.
• Better quality control since most of these products are made in much smaller batches.
• All natural also means easier spoilage. Instead of buying multiple jars of a product, you may have to keep going back to buy in smaller containers as needed. Check for the date it was manufactured as well.
• No more candy-scented products. Those sugary sweet smells are synthetic and have no place in organic products. Get used to natural floral, fruit and herb scents instead. #
• Higher price points. There’s no getting around this. The products are more carefully watched, ingredients carefully grown, quality control is stricter, so a higher price is only natural.
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Erica Paredes has been working in the publishing industry for almost a decade as a fashion and beauty editor, newspaper columnist, stylist and make-up artist. Nowadays she juggles her time between food and fashion, beauty and travel plus mommy duties to her 8 year old daughter.
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