We’re increasingly mindful about what we put into our bodies; however, we often don’t pay the same attention when it comes to our skin. With organic beauty becoming more sophisticated and sales of certified organic products increasing by 21.6 percent in the past year, there’s never been a better time to change your regime for the better. Here’s our guide to getting started.
Know what ‘organic’ means
The Soil Association defines organic beauty as “the formulation of cosmetic products using organically farmed ingredients. These ingredients are grown without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GM), herbicides, synthetic fertilisers, and more.”
For a product to be certified organic, 95 per cent of its ingredients must be organic. It may also only use natural colour and fragrance, contain sustainably-sourced ingredients, and never have been tested on animals.
Look for the logo
It pays to spend a little extra time looking at the packaging. A product that says it’s organic should always tell you the percentage of organic ingredients it contains; but to be totally sure, check for any formal accreditations.
In Europe, organisations including the Soil Association, BDIH, Cosmebio, Ecocert, and ICEA have collectively formed a cosmetic organic standard known as COSMOS to ensure that beauty products meet the required standards. Look out for the logo of one of these organisations on beauty, health or wellbeing products.
Ingredients are key
Going ‘green’ with your beauty is a great way to reduce your exposure to products that are proven to be not-so-great for your body and the planet, but which ingredients should you actively avoid?
Synthetic chemicals such as PEGs, sulphates and parabens have been known to irritate skin, disrupt endocrine function, and—in some extreme cases—potentially contribute to cancer. But before you panic, just remember that the scientific names of some naturally occurring ingredients might sound synthetic. For example, sodium chloride is sea salt and citric acid is naturally found in citrus fruits.
Organic vs natural
Unlike organic, ‘natural’ is a term that is unregulated. It simply means ‘derived from nature’ and it’s difficult to guarantee that the ingredients have been sourced from a farm that doesn’t rely on pesticides.
You can only be sure that natural ingredients are free from chemical ‘nasties’ by choosing certified organic products, or by viewing a brand’s Positive Actions if they are a brand to trust.
Below are a few of the organic skincare products we love. Which will you be adding to your daily routine?