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Why should I switch to organic skincare?
There are thousands of cosmetics products on the market and the majority of them have a plethora of ingredients that are not naturally derived.
It is these chemicals which can potentially harm our health. Recent research found that the average woman applies over 200 chemicals to her skin everyday - from shower gels and perfume to makeup and body lotions. Over the course of the day, it is estimated that 60% of these chemicals are absorbed into our bloodstream, so it makes sense to opt for more natural and organic cosmetics.
Any beauty product that has been awarded the UK Soil Association badge guarantees that the ingredients are of organic origin and are free from any harmful chemicals including fertilizers and pesticides that could be used during ingredient production.
Here are just some of the ingredients are are included in non-organic skincare and cosmetics and the effects they can have on the body.
It might be one of the most common ingredients in body lotions and skin cleansers but mineral oil is definitely best avoided. As a petroleum by-product, it has very little skin-nurturing properties. It coats the skin, clogs pores and stops skin from naturally releasing toxins which can lead to acne breakouts.
Another petroleum by-product, Propylene Glycol can be found in moisturisers that claim to soften and hydrate. Frighteningly, this is a major ingredient in types of antifreeze but it can also be used in skincare in quantities of up to 20%. People have reported allergic reactions and skin irritations as it penetrates skin, breaking down any protein molecules and cellular structures in the dermis. More serious liver and kidney abnormalities have also been recorded because of Propylene Glycol.
There are hundreds of thousands of types of synthetic fragrances and just because sometime smells fresh, pure and inviting doesn't necessarily make it good for you. Because of the vast amount of synthetically produced scents, any cosmetics which just lists 'fragrance' as an ingredient could potentially contain an extra 4,000 separate ingredients that do not need to be disclosed as it falls under fragrance. Look out for bouts of dizziness, headaches or skin irritations if you think you might be allergic to any products that contain fragrance.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (Triethanolamine)
Beware your cleansers and body washes, because any non-organic product that foams most likely contains one of these ingredients. Thankfully in Europe, inclusion of DEA, MEA and TEA is somewhat restricted because of its known carcinogenic properties, but it is still cause for some concern. Several government funded research has found links to kidney and liver damage with these ingredients.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
Another ingredient included in any cosmetic product that foams up with water, SLS can have a serious damaging effect to skin and hair. It's a harsh detergent that strips your skin and hair of it's natural oils which act as barrier against external and environmental aggregators. Use a product with SLS and you'll soon find your skin feeling rough, with breakout and irritated.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks