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Making the Switch to Organic Skincare

Organic Skincare products have been on my mind a lot lately. They are quickly gaining in popularity and I can see why. Have you ever considered all the chemicals and toxins that may be lurking in your skincare products? I know I have! I was really surprised when I started doing my own research and trying to find out what I was putting on my skin and into my body. It’s kind of alarming when you stop to think about it. Recently I’ve been trying to switch out my products for a more natural and organic skincare routine.

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I want to start off by saying that the skin is our largest organ. Anything we put onto it seeps into our bodies because our skin absorbs what we put onto it. So anything that we put on our skin ends up going into our bodies. Making sure our products are clean and don’t contain harsh chemicals and toxins is really important.

Another important point is that your skin needs to be able to breath and eliminate waste. If you are clogging your skin up with a lot of chemicals and harsh products, your skin can’t do it’s job. This can result in clogged pores which causes blemished, unhappy, and dull skin.

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Here are 5 Reasons to Switch to Organic Skincare:

  1. Skincare products tend to contain petroleum jelly by-products, like mineral oil, that coat the skin and clog up your pores. The scariest part? Our bodies can’t metabolize these products. Our skin absorbs them and they just sit in our bodies.
  2. Toners contain alcohol. The alcohol in these products irritates our skin and strips it of it’s natural oil balance. Check the ingredients list on your products to make sure they are alcohol-free. While it is important to use a toner for overall skin health, alcohol is drying and your toner might be doing more harm than good.
  3. Parabens have been linked to cancer and interfere with hormone function. They are used in tons of products as a preservative. Parabens are also used in fragrances – but it’s not a listed ingredient because manufacturers are not required to list it.
  4. Organic skincare companies tend to not test on animals. This is biggie for me. I am a huge animal lover. Beagles are the dog breed used most frequently when companies test on animals, and we have two of them.
  5. Organic products mean no toxins or pesticides because the ingredients are grown naturally. The crops are not sprayed with pesticides so you won’t be absorbing any into your skin. This is also really important to me. Spraying crops with chemicals has shown to have tons of negative effects on our environment, as well as on livestock and even humans who lived in close proximity to fields that have been sprayed.

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How Products Affect Your Skin Varies

As someone who has dealt with acne for over half of my life… I try and be very careful with what kind of products I use. I have recently made the switch from common makeup products you buy in the drugstore, to brands that are more natural and hypoallergenic. I’m not really someone who wears a lot of makeup to begin with, so for me, that change is pretty easy to make. If you are someone who loves makeup, you might have to go through some trial and error to find your new fav. ‘green’ skincare or makeup products. Luckily, there is A LOT on the market these days, which means more options!

We try hard to be mindful of what we put into our body. We aim to avoid foods that are bad for us, like fast food, processed foods, and pre-packaged foods. Our focus needs to also be on the products we are putting ON our bodies, because that will end up inside our bodies too.

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The Best Organic Skincare Brands

There are a few organic skincare brands who have been in the game for years and have excellent products. Here are a few of my picks.

  • Kopari – Their entire coconut line is just amazing. I especially love their Coconut Face Cream. It’s amazing and so moisturizing and light at the same time.
  • Juice Beauty – I am a big fan of their 30 SPF Oil Free Moisturizer and it’s a staple in my summer skincare routine.
  • First Aid Beauty – I have been using their products for years, before I even knew what organic skincare was! My favorite product is their Ultra Repair cream for the dry winter months.
  • Ole Henriksen is another big player in the organic skincare game. Their Truth Serum is in my skincare lineup right now!

A few other big names include Drunk Elephant, Tatcha, and Kora Organics. I don’t believe I have ever personally tried products from these companies, however they are well known brands so you can check out reviews if you are interested in their products! Most of these products can be bought on Amazon or Sephora, so you can check out the reviews there for more info.

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Doing What’s Best For You

Deciding to switch all your products over to organic skincare options will probably be overwhelming at first. Especially if you find you have a lot of products you need to replace. It’s important to make sure you take your time when researching and finding new products, and especially when testing out new products.

If you tend to have sensitive or blemish prone skin, you may only want to try one or two new products at once. By only switching a couple products at a time, you can give them a chance to work before trying something new. Plus, if your skin has a reaction to a certain product, it will be a lot easier to identify what is causing the issues if you are just trying out one new thing at a time.

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