We all strive for health and beauty. It can be a bit of a hassle finding appropriate products to use, given that most of them are treated with chemicals and aren't very good for our well-being. In the last couple of years, people recognized the need for something healthier on the cosmetics market, so the organic trend gained momentum. Growing organic food, making organic clothes and even organic makeup, these are just a couple of steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Switching from heavily chemical to organic makeup and natural products can have many benefits to skin, body and peace of mind.
It's quite important to realize what products we apply to our skin. If you think that makeup only comes into contact with the outermost layers of your skin, you couldn't be more wrong. A large part of our makeup gets absorbed into the deeper dermis, distributing its components freely into your bloodstream. These chemicals are particularly problematic to people with sensitive skin, and with the ozone layer letting through more radiation than is tolerable, sensitive skin is a growing problem. This is why you should read the labels of your makeup and cosmetics carefully before purchasing, and be sure that what you put on your skin and in your body is worthy of your skin and body.
Most conventional makeup products you use contain harmful chemicals such as aluminum, alcohol and acids, and similar elements that harm your body and your skin. Making the big switch to organic skin care products is of big importance. Switching to natural products can have moisturizing effects for your skin and your hair, and there is a low chance for allergies or harsh reactions. Don't believe every label that says it's organic and 100% pure. Look for the labels that guarantee that the products were tested. The USDA organic seal is very official and it means the product went through the American institution that regulates labeling and standards for organic products.
Switching to organic cosmetics means you will leave a smaller carbon footprint. Always keep this in mind. The production of organic makeup doesn't affect global pollution as much as the production of conventional products. So besides the fact that it ensures a healthier alternative for your body and skin, it also ensures that you are environmentally responsible. Some nail polishes and nail polish removers contain chemicals such as Toluene which is produced during the process of making gasoline and other fuels from coal or crude oil. All these horrific chemicals then evaporate into the air. Natural products are mainly made from vegetable oils and don't have a negative impact on the environment.
Another thing to keep in mind when switching to organic makeup is that it promotes Fair Trade and it is vegan friendly, which means that none of the natural products you are using were tested on animals. Most of the organic brands have a clear label that signifies no animal testing but if you don't know what you are searching for; look for a green leaping bunny logo. Fair Trade is a social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. So switching to locally based all-natural makeup can even promote this practice which advocates higher social and environmental standards. It's good for your skin, your country, and the planet!
This article was written by Kate Flannery, a clean eating enthusiast and urban hippie. She dwells on organic skin care products and sustainable balcony gardens. Mint is her favorite kitchen herb.
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