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.
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 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.
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.