It’s a movement that isn’t going anywhere, and for good reason. Organic products and produce promise nothing but goodness for our bodies in a world where toxins have infiltrated every aspect of our daily lives. The organic movement is fast becoming popularised and we’re seeing it everywhere from sections in our fruit and veg aisles, to specifically formulated products and ranges in our skincare. So what’s the deal with organic, and how do we know if it’s worth the extra dollars in our beauty regime?
First things first, the term ‘organic’ refers to the fact that an ingredient has been grown or produce naturally with no chemicals or toxins used. The ingredient is, therefore, produced in its organic state and does not threaten to hold unnecessary chemicals and harmful toxins to our systems.
It’s important to be aware of what you are reading, however, when it comes to ‘organic’ skincare. Companies know that everyone loves to read the word ‘organic’ on their labels, and so they will throw the word in your face at any given chance. A product that states that it’s organic on the front usually refers to the fact that some of its active ingredients are organically produced, but not every ingredient. The only time you will be holding a completely organic product in your hands is when it has the ‘Australian Certified Organic’ label on the bottle. This means that the product has been approved by the ACO organisation and can be traced back to its origins.
So, we know how to find our organic products, but is it all worth it? It’s difficult to ignore the fact that, with any kind of natural or organic product, the price jumps up. Perhaps a more effective rule would be to specifically not choose products that contain harmful ingredients that are actually damaging your skin rather than nourishing it. Steering clear of things like parabens, sulphates and perfumes will set you on a good course in skincare.
Here’s the bottom line: understand what your ingredients mean. If a product can include all the right active ingredients that are also organically derived then that’s you’re onto a winner. It means you have a product that will actively work on the condition of your skin without the use of artificial or harmful substances. That doesn’t mean, however, that a product that hasn’t been stamped as Certified Organic is specifically bad for your skin. It just means that, while some of its ingredients might be or natural or organic origins, the product as a whole does not fulfil ACO requirements. It’s at this point that you can make your own educated decision as to whether the ingredients are necessary and worthwhile putting on your face.
What are your thoughts on organic products? Do you prefer skincare that’s naturally derived or is it less important to you?