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An Honest Chat about Organic Skincare

I think it’s safe to say I could chat about skincare for days.

I’ll easily boot out a new makeup buy for the newest skincare bit, and I find the sciences behind skincare absolutely fascinating.  So whenever a reader or a friend checks in to see what I like, I get far too excited. What can I say? Skincare is my soft spot.  One thing I’ve noticed lately is people asking for a good organic skincare brand.  I happily send them to my favorites (Pai and Tata Harper, for reference), but lately I’ll counter with a “why organic?”

While I love the trend of people questioning what they are putting on their skin + what they are paying some heavy cash for, I worry it’s stopped there.  It’s now only a “if I can’t say it, I don’t use it” culture, not a “if I can’t say it, I research it.”  So let’s chat a bit about the good and the bad of the organic skincare.

First off, I would like to say I actually use a couple organic skincare lines myself! And certainly do not want this post to cause you to ditch all your organic skincare staples.

More it’s just a chat about the important of balancing both worlds.

The Good.

Let’s face it organic skincare basis helps you know exactly what you are applying day in and day out, and when you flip to the back of your beloved night cream you recognize all those ingredients.  That can feel extraordinarily refreshing feeling.

Often times I do think the simplest solution is the best.  The endless steps of an overcomplicated skincare regimen is something I’ve completely given up  a l o n g  time ago.  Plus, why would I invest in pricey products when an oil in my cabinet can do the same?  Simplicity is definitely underrated in the skincare world.

The Bad

The claim that natural products are lacking the harmful chemicals synthetic based products contain, considering everything is in fact comprised of chemicals. (Even good ‘ol H2O is also made up of chemicals.) On top of the supposed harmful ingredients, like parabens, many organic products actually have higher concentrations of parabens than they do ‘synthetic’ products.  (There are now reports coming out that short vs long parabens are what you need to worry about.  And even the long parabens aren’t shown at high enough concentrations to affect you.)

Claiming that anything you apply to your skin will be ingested into your bloodstream, is also an unfortunate and completely false statement many organic companies try to sell.  If that was true there would be no need to swallow pills.  Tylenol would come as a cream to be slathered across your forehead, which we all know to be false.

The Best

Both worlds! I think there truly is something to be said about knowing what you are putting on your skin.  Unfortunately I think our culture gave the wrong advice of ‘if you can’t pronounce it don’t use,’ when it should have been a ‘if you can’t pronounce it, google it‘ culture.  By actually understanding skincare ingredients and growing our knowledge base we would be less susceptible to scare tactics.

And really neither world is necessarily better. It completely depends on your own skin sensitivities and also depends on what you read out of the scientific results.  Reading many of the scientific articles and abstracts confirm that parabens and other ‘toxic’ chemicals are at such low concentrations and already metabolized, that they pose no risk to you.  However, I’m not sure if the lack of  proof is proof and frankly I would be shocked if somehow products don’t affect us in the long run.

So, what does all this back and forth mean?

Balance is best.

My Pai Bioregenerate Oil is used every single night as it’s a beautiful serum like oil that seems to pamper my skin well after a long day.  But I also use the Kiehl’s moisturizer  that is not organic based.  Both products my skin loves.

And also you know your own skin better than I do or any company ever does.  Talk to a dermatologist and find someone that listens to you and your concerns about natural vs synthetic products.  I’m going to go ahead and share some of the articles I was reading at the bottom of this post and would love to hear your opinions (or your own link shares) on this subject, as well.

xo Kelsey 

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xo

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Kelsey

  • This ‘natural’ conversation always reminds me of all these crazy people who think sugar kills so give up on white sugar and then put a handful of dates in all their meals… I mean… Hate to break it to them, but fruits are basically sugar and water? 🙂 I know that it is healthier in balance, but as soon as some people abandon white sugar, they seem to think they can consume all other types without consequences.

    • There is a difference between refined white sugar and fructose. That’s why diabetics can have fruit, but not sugar.

      • Of course there is; but at the same time you cannot have half a kilogram of dates per cake and call it healthy. There needs to be balance in what you eat, taking things out and not replacing them properly is as dangerous as keeping them in.

        • I will agree to disagree. Refined sugar is bad regardless of how much of it you end up having – a teaspoon or a pound, while, say, xylitol is actually good for the teeth and oral health in general. There are so many great alternative sweeteners these days that are less harmful for the body, I’m surprised people still eat refined sugar at all. Kind of like smoking. Zero benefits, and temporary satisfaction is not worth a lifetime of struggle.

          • I don’t actually eat sugar myself 🙂 The point U was trying to make was not against sugar subs too – it was more about the fact that too much of anything can be poisonous and one should strive for balance more than just for mindless following of some golden rules or trends 🙂
            (I agree on smoking too, btw, I spent a lifetime trying ti get my dad off it and now that he quit, I am trying to un-sugar him too)

          • Thank you guys for talking about this so respectively 🙂 I’ve been silently creeping on it all morning LOL I always think it’s discussions like these that help us learn new things and see new opinions.

            PS I did a month of no sugar (aside from natural occuring sugars) was soooo tough, but so eye opening about how much sugar I consume.

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    Amen to all of this! I use both a mixture of organic and non-organic, because that’s what works best for my skin, it’s all about balance!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    • I’m so glad you liked the post Paige 🙂 Skincare can be so tricky, so yep – balance it is! xo

  • I LOVE this! Whenever I am looking into new skincare (because I am obsessed and have a problem…), I think back to our conversations in college. I want to keep things natural, but embrace the benefits that science has given us! Again, it’s got to be about that balance 🙂 great post!

    – Sydney
    http://www.mountaingirlygirl.com

    • Thank you thank you Syd! I almost didn’t post it because I was worried I sounded like I was a pedastool of my own opinions. LOL I totally forgot about our long chats til now 🙂 Totally miss those days! xo

  • Becomingtashh

    this is so informative!! Absolutely refreshing to see! I always prefer to research items rather than be scared by them. Everything requires balance I feel.

    Tash / becomingtashh.com

  • I love the “if you can’t pronounce it, Google it” advice. Understanding is the most important part!

  • I love using and/or making my own organic skincare. That way I know exactly what’s going on my skin. That being said, I do still use non-organic products if I know they already work well with my skin

    Elizabeth
    19 by Chance | 1415

  • Love this post! It’s so refreshing to get some background info as I really need to pay more attention to the products I am using on my face – I feel like I don’t even know what is in my skincare products half the time :/

    xx

    Imogen
    http://www.faux-silk.com

  • I love how passionate you are about skincare and it really comes across with every skincare post you write. I’m still pondering whether or not to buy an oil and which one to buy, because my skin is so sensitive and I;m intolerant to a lot of supposedly ‘good’ ingredients for you skin.. I’m going to keep looking and hopefully I’ll find the perfect one soon 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • I loved reading this post! I just recently went through all of my skincare and makeup products and decided to get rid of more than 80% of it. The few items that made the cut were either organic or were paraben-free and cruelty free. I will definitely start Googling ingredients before I decide they aren’t safe. Thank you!

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