Posted by: sakalaradiance | October 14, 2011

Organic Skin Care

image representing organic clothLet’s get real…
What to look for in organic skin care?

By now, most of us have come to embrace the organic movement — organic food, organic products, even organic clothing.  Yes, everywhere we turn, it appears we are finding new ways to commune with nature and the beauty industry is no exception.  So, here’s what you need to know about organic skin care.

The Appetite for Organic
We know that eating organic food has tremendous benefits.  It provides the purest form of the nutrients we need, while minimizing the risks associated with preservatives, pesticides and other artificial ingredients.  Our skin is the largest living organ of our body.  Why not feed it, the way we feed our stomachs?   If we are to take a holistic approach to well-being, ultimately, what we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in our bodies.

Is Organic Skin Care Really more Effective?  
When done right, it absolutely can be.  It’s the same principle behind taking a vitamin or eating nutrient-rich foods.  Your body is able to metabolize over 80% of the Vitamin C in an orange versus less than 40% of a Vitamin C taken in a tablet.  The more fillers, synthetic materials or artificial ingredients a product has, the less potent it is and the less of the active ingredients your body absorbs.   By and large, our bodies naturally produce most of what we need to survive and thrive.  The more natural alternatives we incorporate in our daily routine, the more benefits we derive.

Too Much of a Good Thing?  
Be careful when evaluating products that claim to be “100% organic” or “all natural.”  The labeling requirements can be confusing.  In fact, companies can actually claim to be 100% natural even if only 94% of the ingredients are, in fact, organic.  What’s more, products that are 100% all natural may not necessarily be safer or more effective.  Ask about the product’s “stability” – or the ability of the ingredients to stay bound together over time and be sure to check the expiration date on the label.  The average shelf life of a liquid or cream product without a stable preservative is usually less than 90 days.  After that, they can become rancid and a breeding ground for germs.

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