Most conventional skin care is made with questionable ingredients that may do more harm for skin than good. Organic skin care on the other hand, well that's a different story entirely.
We've talked before about what organic skin care is, and gave you the three main reasons why you should choose organic skin care:
In this post we cover the middle point, which I think is perhaps the main reason why we all choose to spend so much time and money on skin care in the first place ~
Speaking from personal experience, if you want to dramatically improve your complexion, and I'm not talking "looks great with makeup on", I'm talking "get up in the morning, look in the mirror bare-faced, and smile gleefully at your clear and healthy skin", you need to make the switch to organic skin care.
Other than their positive health effects, well-made organic skin care products are capable of improving your skin's tone, elasticity, structural barrier, ability to repair itself, and its texture. If all of that wasn't enough, organic skin care can also decrease your likelihood of developing blemishes by fighting off bacteria, balancing moisture levels and decreasing irritation.
Irritation, redness and blemishes can actually be caused or encouraged by certain conventional product ingredients that are known irritants. Conventional ingredients such as Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (CMIT) lovely as they sound, are proven to cause skin sensitisation. MIT was even named Allergen of the Year 2013 by The American Contact Dermatitis Society according to safecosmetics.org.
The irritation from these types of ingredients often leads to redness, which can mean that your skin's structural barrier has become compromised. As a result of this, bacteria can more easily penetrate skin's layers and cause blemishes.
I know it seems that we're comparing opposite ends of the spectrum here (conventional - organic), but even when looking at 'natural' ingredients compared to organic, there's a huge void. Not so much in terms of irritation, but in terms of potency and of course exposure to pesticides.
Let's take for example, an organic extract we like to talk about a lot; Kakadu plum. This is an incredibly potent fruit that is native to Australia, and as you may be aware, it has the highest natural levels of vitamin C in the world.
Kakadu plums have developed extreme methods of survival. They have evolved to produce exceptionally high levels of this anti-oxidant (vitamin C) to ward-off free radicals and protect the plant from the harsh Australian sun. This enables the Kakadu plum to grow wild, thriving under conditions that other plants aren't able to. These very same concentrated levels of anti-oxidants and vitamins are essential for the health of your skin.
If you took this same crop (Kakadu plums) and grew them using traditional farming methods (nurturing the plant with plenty of water, fertiliser and bug spray, thus making it a natural product, and therefore no longer organic or wild harvested), would it have those same extremely high levels of vitamins and anti-oxidants?
Well this has actually been done already, and the resounding answer is no.
According to the Organic Buyers Group of Australia: "In the Kimberleys, where it is known as Gubinge, they're not irrigating it or cultivating it using typical commercial horticultural techniques, which a number of operations up in the Northern Territory are doing. Essentially, those precious vital phytonutrients (the antioxidants within plants) are there to make the plant itself stronger. They do the same for the plant as they do for us, so if you pamper the plant too much, it doesn't need them anymore! If that plant is in its natural environment and there's a certain level of environmental stress present, that makes the plant stronger, so you get these higher levels of antioxidants."
What's the big deal about anti-oxidants? Anti-oxidants protect your skin from sun damage and other environmental factors, plus anti-oxidants such as vitamin C help your skin to produce collagen which are the very building blocks of new skin tissue. If your skin is able to replenish itself more readily, it will look 'newer', smoother, clearer, healthier and all of those other lovely words that we associate with beauty and health.
I'm not saying that every conventional or natural product or ingredient is bad, nor am I saying that every organic skin care product is great. But, generally speaking, both points are true.
So now that you know all of the health benefits that come along with using organic skincare, as well as the many benefits for your complexion, why not have a look around to see the incredible organic products available, just waiting to be discovered?
Below, we have included a link to browse our Lewin & Reilly Organic Skin Care collection, which we of course highly recommend.
Each ingredient has been selected based on three crucial criteria:
It is so important to us that we choose ingredients that are highly effective and beneficial for your skin. Therefore you may see ingredients you are unfamiliar with, as all of our ingredients are rare, native and premium. There are absolutely no cheap oils, extracts or "filler" ingredients in any of our formulations. They are all there to serve an individual purpose for your complexion.
Think of it as food for your skin. Just as your diet should be varied to include as many vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants etc as possible to ensure greater health benefits, your skin care should include the same variety to ensure optimal skin health.
We try to only use ingredients that are native to New Zealand, Australia and the islands of the South Pacific, as these regions are close to where we are based, hence are fresher when we receive them and have retained more of their vital nutrients and anti-oxidants. We feel this is more sustainable for the earth too as our ingredients have not clocked-up as many air miles, plus we are supporting more "local" communities and family farms.
Needless to say, we of course use certified organic, organically grown and wild harvested ingredients for our collection, for all of the reasons above, plus more. We also buy direct from farmers/growers and native land owners wherever possible.
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