Quick…what is the largest organ of your body? If you said skin, you’d be right. An average sized grownup carries around about 22 sq.feet and 8 lbs of it, and it serves so many important functions. Skin is our first line of immunity, helps guard the body against heat, cold, daylight, cushions us from hits and falls…it’s even waterproof. And as Alan Sherman put it, ‘Inside it you put lemon merangue, and outside you hang your clothes’! So, it would only figure, that we’d try to take good care of this most important organ.
But when it comes to skincare, we haven’t. Skin is very porous, and will absorb lotions, creams, oils, moisturizers, lip glosses, sunscreen, eye liner, shampoo. Anything we put on it, the body is going to absorb it right into the bodys tissue. Medical research shows that significant amounts of cosmetic ingredients, including carcinogenic substances, penetrate the skin and end up in the blood stream.
Now, If your thinking parallels our current conventional cosmetic manufacturers, you may believe that our skin does not absorb skincare products. This is the reasoning behind loading up mass-produced skincare lines with parabens such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparabe and butylparaben, all derived from petroleum. Not to mention long lists of unpronounceable substances and mostly synthetic ingredients that probably are not that good for you. Todays conventional skincare manufacturers believe that their compounds and creams are non-absorbant, and therefore can do the buyer no damage.
This does, however, contradict the thought on skin absorption in today’s medical community, who effectively administers drugs and medicines through transdermal skin patches. Our skin is a sponge! The old adage, ‘hold mercury in your hands and you won’t live to tell about it’ ain’t some old wives tale. And if you believe, as I do, that whatever you put on your skin is sourced right into your body…eventually affecting all your innards…then you may conclude, as I have, that organic skincare is a vital, healthy, replenishing and responsible product that our skin should not go without.
Organic Skincare Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set standards on the labeling of organic products, and they are the same guidelines as apply to organic foods. If an organic product is labeled 100% organic, it must contain 100% organic products. However, if a product is labeled as just “organic” it can contain up to 5% of non-organic ingredients. If the label says that the product is made with ‘organic ingredients’ it must be comprised of at least 70% organic ingredients. It’s always important to read the label of any skincare product, organic products being no different. Since the ingredients are organic, pay special attention to an ingredient that you may be allergic to. If strawberries make you break out, you’ll want to avoid organics with strawberries! But remember, too, that organics come from all natural stuff and contain no harmful chemicals. Organic skincare products are made without synthetic pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones or chemical fertilizers.
What organic skincare products are made from
Organic skincare products are made from unrefined oils, herbs, flower extracts, mud, organic fruits, pits, citrus, nuts and seeds. Organic fruits and vegetables are the most common ingredients in organic skincare items with cucumbers, turmeric, apple, papaya, ginger, ground oatmeal, wheat germ and honey being the most common. This adds up to lots and lots of good healthy choices to put on our skin. Organic skincare products have gone mainstream and it is here to stay. And that’s worth rejoicing.