Going green seems to be the trend these days with many types of organic products becoming readily available for everyone to buy food, clothes, tea, vitamins and herbal supplements to name a few. It is no surprise that Mother Nature, with the help of scientists has managed to enter to the beauty industry in the form of natural and organic cosmetics.
So what exactly are natural and organic cosmetics? Natural beauty products are made from all sorts of ingredients found in nature such as fruits, plant extracts, seeds, minerals, natural oils and waxes. Shades of lipstick, eye shadow and blush are made by crushing coloured minerals. Shea butter, honey and avocados are used to make lotions and scrubs. Soaps are made of plant oils such as palm and coconut.
Products are termed organic’ if their ingredients are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides or herbicides. These harmful chemicals tend to leave harmful residues on plants which pollute the environment and can have detrimental effects for humans. Thus, organic beauty products are safer and healthier alternatives.
Traditional cosmetics contain synthetic fragrances, dyes, chemicals or preservatives that can trigger severe responses in your skin, leading to skin irritations, rashes or allergic reactions. So, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to consider switching to an organic alternate, as natural cosmetics do not contain harsh foreign substances. Also, natural organic products have been shown to prevent signs of premature ageing by restoring moisture balances and smoothing fine lines.
Due to the beneficial effects of these natural products, many companies try to capitalize on marketing their goods as organic’. Independent organizations have to certify that the products are genuinely free of harmful chemicals. So, when you wish to buy an organic product make sure that you are buying the real’ thing. Search for a certified organic’ proof seal on your product. Also, try and read the label if the main ingredients of the product (usually listed on top) are difficult-chemical-looking names, then it’s probably not natural / organic. If you still are in doubt, research the ingredients and find out more about the manufacturer to see if they are reliable and can vouch for their products. Although organic products tend to be more expensive than conventional products, you can be sure that you are buying healthy products benefiting yourself and the environment!