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Organic Skincare Explained!

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What is organic skincare?

There are so many products in the beauty market, each with its own terminology - which can become very confusing when you’re trying to select a product which is right for you.

Organic skincare is generally defined as a product which contains organically grown ingredients that are free from pesticides. Organic products are deemed to be more beneficial for the skin as it is presumed there are little to no harsh chemical ingredients, and are marketed thus.

In the last 10 years, the market has seen a sizeable shift towards organic skincare as consumers are growing savvier and more conscious of what ingredients they’re putting on their skin, thanks to studies revealing the long-term effects of using harsh, chemical-based products.

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The difference between natural skincare & organic skincare

‘Natural skincare’ comprises products which contain ingredients that are not necessarily organically produced. They may contain preservatives and chemicals like many other products, however, their main ingredient may be plant-based and therefore marketed as ‘natural’.

The meaning of certified organic

There has been some controversy over the years on the use of ambiguous labelling by beauty companies. The word ‘organic’ in particular has been somewhat misrepresented, as it has been revealed that almost any company can have the word on their product, even if the actual ingredients are NOT organic. This is where yet another term - ‘certified organic’ - comes in!

Certified organic skincare products are those that have been certified as comprising organic ingredients by regulatory bodies such as Australian Certified Organic and the Organic Food Chain, who set a certain number of production rules for organic certification.

These stringent measures ensure that the consumer is aware of a brand’s credibility when it comes to organic skincare, and thus are able to purchase and safely consume products without any adverse side effects usually associated with pesticides and other toxic ingredients.

The benefits of using organic skincare

There are numerous benefits of using certified organic skincare. For one, it ensures the skin is not exposed to foreign ingredients such as parabens (preservatives) which could cause adverse effects, such as subjecting skin to allergies and possibly stimulating cancer cell growth, in a study that was revealed late last year. [1]

Secondly, many small organic skincare companies support local economies and producers by utilising native Australian ingredients (such as Kakadu Plum) that large international brands choose to overlook.

It is always beneficial to read the labels of all products to decide what your preference is when it comes to skincare. Everyone is different and knows what works for them. Happy hunting!


[1] http://www.livescience.com/52593-parabens-breast-cancer-risk.html

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