Chemicals in skincare and switching to organic products
There are lots of harmful chemicals to be found in skincare, and switching to organic products can ensure that you keep your skin safe from these harsh ingredients. The benefits of using organic ingredients are endless, and they contain essential oils that have a wealth of properties which help to nourish the skin too.
Dangerous chemicals in beauty products
A lot of the time, we’re cautious about the food we’re putting into our bodies, but considering what we’re putting onto our skin is just as important. The quantities of harmful chemicals found in many skincare products are quite shocking. Here are just a few examples of chemicals you might spot on ingredients labels, and the damage that they can cause to your skin and overall health:
Parabens - Found in a huge number of beauty creams, parabens are used as preservatives and help to stop the growth of bacteria, mould, and yeast. They come in different forms, including butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben, and are one of the most widely used chemicals in beauty products. However, they’ve been known to contribute to cancerous tumours - particularly in females - making them an ingredient to avoid.
Phthalates - Phthalates are difficult to spot in cosmetic products because the majority of the time they are labelled simply as “fragrance”. Originally used to soften plastics, this chemical is now used in a range of beauty products, including fragranced body lotions, body washes, and hair care products. Worryingly, phthalates are known to be a hormone disruptor and have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer too.
Alcohol - Beauty products which list alcohol as the main ingredient are usually problematic. SD, denatured, and isopropyl alcohol have the ability to give the skin a quick-drying finish, as well as decreasing it. Whilst these alcohol-based products may seem like quick fixes for a number of issues, the long term consequences are detrimental and include drying out the skin and stripping it of its natural layer. Products that are alcohol-based are particularly attractive to people who suffer from oily skin, but eventually, these products can make the skin even greasier, in addition to enlarging bumps and pores.
Synthetic Colours - Just like artificial food colouring, many skincare products also contain synthetic colours. Whilst they may look enticing and pretty, they’re bad news for your skin. Synthetic colours are understood to cause skin irritations, ADHD in children, and can even contribute to causing cancer. On product labelling, you’ll see synthetic colours labelled as ‘colourant’ or CI 26100, F&DC 6 and Red 1. Organic products get their colouring from natural ingredients such as plants and herbs, so there aren’t any artificial additives that can cause irritations or health problems.
The benefits of organic products
Here at Derma Organics, our products are inspired by nature and provide an organic, natural alternative to commercialised skincare products, which are often full of chemicals. We understand that problems with your skin can cause huge self-confidence issues, which is why our products have been developed using only the finest natural ingredients and can help to eliminate a number of skin conditions - such as atopic eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
If you want to change the way you feel about your skin, perhaps now is the time to switch to a natural, organic skincare regime. Opting for organic products means you can rid your skin of products packed with chemicals and can use those that are full of natural goodness instead. Not only this, but all of our products are handmade, meaning that we’re able to customise products to suit your needs. So, if you’re allergic to certain ingredients, we’ll ensure they’re not included in your products.
Our top organic beauty products
Ready to embrace organic skincare and say goodbye to harmful chemicals? Here are some of our top products to get you started:
One of our most popular products, this delightful African Honey and Lemon Facial Scrub is enriched with lemon peel, which gives it a fresh scent. It also uses Camu Camu, which is bursting with vitamin C, and raw African honey - all the way from Ghana. After using this organic facial scrub, your skin will be fresher, clearer, and revitalised. This product can also help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and smooth an uneven skin tone - all without using any chemicals.
Our Lemongrass Body Buttercream is packed full of nutrients to enrich your skin and can help to eliminate problems such as wounds, minor burns, Psoriasis, and Eczema. The main ingredients in this buttercream are organic Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), which works wonders on dry and dehydrated skin, organic Theobroma Cacao (cocoa butter) which soothes burns and rashes, and Daucus Carota Oil (carrot seed oil), which is known for its moisturising and rejuvenating properties.
A product made exclusively for the scalp, our Hair Food Growth Elixir contains organic Ricinus Communis (black castor) seed oil, which is known for its high levels of vitamin E and promotes circulation to the scalp for improved hair growth. Other ingredients include organic Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, which is great for people who have sensitive skin, and Carica Papaya (papaya) seed oil, which works wonders on skin disorders, such as psoriasis, and is packed full of vitamins.
Now you know how to avoid harmful chemicals in your skincare, start building your collection of organic products today - your skin will thank you for it.