It has been quite a while since I wanted to address the matter of the oh-so-trendy Organic Skin Care issue! Is it better than the “traditional” skin care we all used at a certain point in our lives?
I did my research, I have tried a lot of organic/natural skin care products! Some worked fine, some literally did wonders and some didn’t worked and made my skin worst!
Please don’t get me wrong! There are great organic products on the market at the moment! But there are also organic skin care products that are really damaging for your skin! That is because of certain plant extracts or oils that are considered to be organic. I have also discovered that certain companies, by adding this so-called organic ingredients to their products, literally ruin an otherwise good skin care either because they wanted it fragranced, or they simply want to use that specific plant oil because that’s what’s trending at that moment! So, I end up buying a product labeled as “organic” and by consequence “harmless” that is very irritating towards my skin, and I keep wondering myself how’s that even possible?!
My skin is highly sensitive and it won’t take me too much to form an opinion on a certain product! I will know right away if a skin care product is good for me to use or if I should stop using it immediately. You might have a “good” skin and put whatever you want on it, I have nothing to object, that’s your choice! But if your skin is not prone to any immediate reaction, that doesn’t necessary mean that a skin care product isn’t doing damage while sitting on your face/skin, weather the damage is radical and you can clearly see it with your own eyes or the damage happens, in time, on cellular level which will later on break down to redness, to irritations, which will cause inflammatory problems and in the end premature aging and irreversible wrinkles.
My point is that you have to be careful with choosing the products you insert in your skin care routine! Read first about the ingredients in that INGREDIENTS list on the back of any product! If they look like a total nebulous to you, go on the good ol’ faithful WWW or on Beautypedia and do your own research ( Paula Begoun from Paula’s Chioce has spent all her adult life doing research and explaining all those “hieroglyphs” for you! ). But first of all take time to really know your skin: what type of skin you have, what works better for it…
I have used a lot of skin care, from the most expensive ( Sisley, Chanel etc. ) to the most inexpensive drugstore or homemade concoctions, and everything in between. And let me tell you this: even if a skin care product ( high end or not, organic or not! ) will cost you an arm and a leg, it’s more likely that it is waaay overrated!
But if you are a snob like me, and you still want to use “the best” that’s on the market, splurge on your serums, your skin hydraters and tonners. Makeup removers, cleansers and all that won’t stay on your face too long, and precisely the ingredients in your tonners or serums that are really going go help change the texture and the appearance of your skin, getting it ready for and easing up the makeup application.
One last piece of advice! I used to collect skin care! Because someone recommended it, and if it worked for that person’s skin it should’ve worked for me too! WRONG! I ended up with quite a collection of skin care products that only looked good on my shelves and did nothing good for my skin! With skin care it’s not like you can have 10 pink blushes and use them whenever you like or if you’re in the mood! With skin care you have to be consistent, stubborn and to always keep in mind that it goes so quickly out of date! That’s also one of the reasons why it’s highly recommended to change your skin care routine every 3 to 4 months!
- “study” your own skin
- make research on the ingredients, in general, and what works best for your skin type
- organic doesn’t necessary mean good for your skin, they same way traditional skin care doesn’t have to be “the bad guy”
- choose carefully the products in your routine and stick to those for a few months: you’ll be able to see results and decide if to change them or not
- also, choose your sking care according to what your skin needs and ALWAYS use SPF!
- invest in some skin care that has the potential to becaome holy grail items for you and stick to those, no matter how expensive they are!
I hope I managed to express myself in a non offensive way, because I clearly understand that skin care is a matter of personal choice, and hopefully you can find this article somewhat helpful!
Thank you for sticking with me until the end!
Any opinion is highly appreciated – scolding included!
See you soon, beautiful!