If you’ve hopped on the “wellness” wagon too, you’ll know that organic now refers not only to the avocado in your post-workout snack, but also organic skincare products. We get why you’d want to make the switch—when it comes to your skin, especially your facial skin, there’s a fear of breakouts followed by the thought “what if this serum/cream/cleanser doesn’t really suit me?”
In such times, opting for the organic skincare just makes you feel like you’re in the safe zone, doesn’t it? And we don’t blame you—several companies are promising overall health and wellbeing if you switch to natural and organic ingredients. What’s more, organic beauty ingredients also ‘claim’ to have lesser allergic reactions as a benefit. It’s easy to believe this is true because when you think natural, you just assume it’s safe.
Well, we’ve got news for you—plenty of natural, organic ingredients can also be bad for the skin! So let’s set the record straight, shall we? Here’s what you need to know about ‘organic’ and natural skincare products.
Lack of regulations for organic beauty
Did you know that beauty brands can use organic and natural in their marketing claims very loosely since the beauty industry does not follow strict regulations when it comes to skincare terms? Sad but true!
Natural but not chemical-free
Your favourite influencer has been promoting a certain natural skincare brand but do you know how much of it is actually safe? A natural label doesn’t always mean that it is devoid of chemicals! You almost believed that your next natural skincare buy was going to be 100% safe, didn’t you?
Organic skincare can contain chemicals
Organic ingredients are volatile—they need to be stabilised with the help of chemicals. When a brand says they’re organic, it could mean that only 70 per cent of it is made with organic ingredients. Air, water, wood—almost everything is a chemical. So it’s impossible to create a product sans chemicals.
All chemicals aren’t harmful
When a product contains chemicals, there’s usually a big hoo-haa around it. But truth be told, all chemicals aren’t harmful. There are safe synthetics that may have been formulated in a lab but can actually do an efficient job and in fact, be safer than completely natural counterparts.
We feel you if you have sensitive skin! You already know your skin reacts to almost anything and everything. This is when natural or organic products don’t work too well. Think nuts, pollen, wheat, lactose—all of these are common allergens, right? And they’re as natural as they get. Do they mean they are safe for you? Nah!
What we’re trying to say is that beauty brands you love may be selling products with ingredients that aren’t fully natural. Even worse, they may be using natural ingredients that can wreak havoc for your skin. Moreover, what we need to remember is that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t make it problematic for your skin. So, while buying organic produce might be great for your groceries, the same rules don’t apply to skincare.
We’ll leave you with this thought—when it comes to ingredients it’s always better to focus on the efficacy of the ingredient than the origin – does the product do its job well? Is it really moisturising or cleansing or helping with your acne? It wont really matter if it contains aloe vera from the paddy fields of Sri Lanka or if it was made in a lab in Germany. Let your skin do the talking and tell you how it feels!