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I am raising two girls. We will have more and more skincare choices out there than ever before. And I am choosing to be careful. I am going with organic options as much as possible. But why do I choose organic skincare? Organic skincare comes from using organic ingredients. Specifically, certified organic ingredients. And all of this starts with organic farming. Here are five reasons you should choose organic skincare.
- Organic farming it is better for the planet. If you choose organic skincare, the ingredients in your products are created using organic farming. And that is better for the planet. Organic farming uses less pesticide. Contrary, conventional farming uses close to a billion pounds of pesticides a year. Artificial nitrogen fertilizers take one ton of oil to produce one ton of fertilizer and emits seven tons of greenhouse gasses.
Also organic farming can be more innovative, using crop rotation and other techniques to create healthy soil and a thriving environment for plants. Organic fields were found to contain up to 8 inches more topsoil than conventional fields and the extra topsoil can cause one-third less erosion. Erosion is a huge environmental problem for farmlands and humanity, with flooding and loss of soil nutrients.
- Organic ingredients are better for you. Organic crops are higher in many key antioxidants. They also contain fewer toxic metals and pesticide residues than conventionally-grown corps. What do you want on foods that you eat and products you use on your skin? Fabulous antioxidants or pesticide residue?
- Organic is better for animals. When you choose organic skincare, most times you are choosing vegan skincare. They just seem to go together. But some organic brands (Neal’s Yard Remedies, what I use and sell, included) use bee-based ingredients in some products. These can include honey, beeswax, and propolis (a sort of “bee glue” also made by bees). When the bees are organic bees, they are on organic land and free from antibiotics. And this, I would say, leads to better organic products. Also, organic beauty products are not tested on animals.
- Organic is better for wildlife. Organic farming looks at the whole picture. It can use nearby wildlife to help control natural pests, instead of using pesticides. Strategically using wild field borders and hedges can allow birds, bees, and bugs to flourish. Organic farms support wildlife, giving them a safe place to live, away from harmful chemicals that could wipe them out.
- Organic means freedom from GMO and nano-particles. Currently, 92% of corn is genetically engineered. The most troubling aspect of this to me is when it is engineered to withstand crazy amounts of pesticides. But when you choose organically certified food and skincare ingredients, you are safe from GMO. Nano-particles might be a problem because they are so new and we don’t know much about them. They are so small that they are easily absorbed into the skin. They are not natural and we simply don’t know the ramifications. I would rather be safe than sorry.
These are the reasons that I choose to eat organic food (as much as possible), use organic skincare, and wear organic makeup. To me, these are important things that are worth the money. What about you? Respond in the comments or join Alicia’s Organic VIPs to keep up to date!