For those of you who are new to the concept or debating making the change to natural and organic beauty products. I thought it would be a great time to round up the benefits of making the change, why so many of us do so, and how to do it successfully. Let’s face it, there’s a minefield of products and brands out there ‘Green Washing’ consumers into thinking their products are natural or organic. But in reality, there are a lot of brands jumping on the band wagon of Green Beauty that sell themselves to be natural or organic, but are just your regular wolf dressed up in sheeps clothing. So, why make the change? let me tell you my main reasons…
Why Make The Change?
Your skin is your largest organ in the body, acting as a protective layer to your internal organs. However, your skin actually acts also acts as a sponge and absorbs around 60% of what it comes into contact with. From skincare products, to cleaning products, fluids you touch, pollutants in the air, you name it. Skin constantly absorbs chemicals & toxins into the body and these substances you come into contact with take a toll on your skins health.
All skincare is scientifically formulated to validate/ demonstrate its effectiveness. However, the industry that beauty brands function within is largely un-regulated and contain undesirable ingredients detrimental to your skin and your bodies health. In today’s society, knowledge is key and ‘chemicals’ or un-natural ingredients just aren’t necessary. Trends change, sciences evolve and our beauty industry is wonderfully starting to demonstrate that natural and organic products are just as effective, if not better than their counterparts, much healthier for us and nourish the skin we are in.
Natural & Organic skincare formulas, like conventional formula’s are scientifically proven to contain potent and powerful ingredients drawn from nature’s sources that have a proven to be efficient and effective in their use. Conventional skincare draws upon chemically derived ingredients that the skin doesn’t recognise, and so is either ‘tricked’ or forced into a reaction (whether deemed positive or negative). For me, its also beneficial to try and reduce the bio burden on our bodies. Living more naturally harnessing the benefits of natural sources to gently, yet effectively produce the desired result., without it taking a negative toll on the body. Conventional formula’s not only force the body into a reactive state, they also seep through our skin and into the blood stream where our internal organs have to work to cleanse us from the unnecessary ‘toxins’ flowing within. Often, conventional formula’s contain allergens and irritants to the sensitive skin goer, making it all too difficult to recognise and treat the cause.
Anyone who wants to take conscious care of themselves and be proactive in what goes on their skin, should make a conscious effort to go natural & organic, where the products used come from plant-derived, active ingredients. They have proven time and time again to be beneficial to the health of the skin, such as organic oils to provide the omega fats, and organic plant extracts high in vitamins and minerals. Speaking from experience, with over 18 months of consistent, sole use of natural & organic Beauty products, my skin and health have never looked and felt better.
Lastly and by of no means least, using more natural & organic products are by far more environmentally friendly. What I love is that there are so many environmentally aware brands out there that still have a luxurious appeal. Offering eco-friendly, plastic reducing & recyclably friendly solutions to the packaging they use. I love watching David Attenborough’s documentaries and it was so upsetting to see the amount of plastic, waste and general pollution shown. Not to mention the sheer scale of coral bleaching happening.
Making The Switch:
If your thinking of making the switch, one of the easiest ways to do so is to look for a logo. A certified natural or organic brand will undergo rigourous testing to ensure the content is clean and pure. Ingredients lists are long, complex and can be very hard to decipher. 12 months on it still takes me a lot of research & checking to ensure what I’m buying is clean.
If you want to be adventurous and use a non-certified brand, lean on trusted sources to help you along. Tools like the EWG Skin Deep Database are great tools to search ingredients and help teach you what they are. Bloggers who specialise in Natural or Organic Beauty try and test many products and will often give you an opinion of a brand. Some bloggers, have a wealth of knowledge and experience through years of practice with product testing and loving more naturally. A blogger loves nothing more than helping you out! So never be afraid to get in touch.
Lastly, using a specialist Natural & Organic Beauty Shop can provide some reassurance for what your buying, as they will only stock these types of brands. But not always, so be careful.
It’s never cost effective to go in 100% and throw ALL your beauty products out, so making the switch a product at a time is perfectly fine.
Where To Shop:
Here is a list of the places I love to shop, and specialise in the area of Natural & Organic Beauty. When you feel more comfortable, you can easily shop in places that contain mixed stock. But for this, I thought the easiest thing to do would be to give you a small list of my trusted sources:
- That Natural Hygge
- Eco Beauty Crew
- Content Beauty & Wellbeing
- A Beautiful World
- Love Lula
- Glow Organic Brighton
To give you a list of tried and trusted brands would be endless as there are just so many out there. However, my website contains a wealth of posts reviewing and looking at tried and tested natural & organic brands you might want to consider.
The basics will always be in your skincare to
and the level that you go to with this is an entirely personal experience. However, there are so many great products looking at great cleanser types to use, and ways to hydrate your skin, so I wont go into too much detail here. However, my little store That Natural Hygge, offers a fantastic array of skincare products at various price points to suit everyone’s needs.
Then there is always the Makeup element. This will probably be a case of making a new purchase based on whatever runs out first. But if you are going all out, the very basics to get away with are:
- A good foundation
- A good concealer
- A good multi-use pot or stock that can double up for blush & lip colour
- And a good mascara
These are your bare minimums & your first point of call. Linked within the items you’ll find a link to (in my opinion) the best performing items on the market.
I really hope you find this post useful. In the coming weeks I’ll put together a Green Beauty Starter Kit with some great items to start you off. Let me know how you get on, and enjoy the journey!