These days, it seems you can’t bat an eye without reading a headline about organic food.
Eating organic food has been all the rage for quite some time now. With stores like Whole Foods becoming a religion for some devout organic followers, and each new diet fad focused on eating a whole, plant-based diet, it’s a wonder that we haven’t adopted the same mentality for our skin.
Here’s the kicker – some of us would never consider eating a piece of meat or coming within a 10-mile radius of food laced with harmful GMO’s and chemical additives, yet we’ll wash our hands with artificially colored and obnoxiously scented soap.
We’ll wash our faces with a $50 cleanser full of harsh chemicals and dyes.
We’ll, gasp, cleanse our babies skin with the same kinds of harmful body washes and diaper creams, fully eliminating the notion of living a "toxin-free" life.
The truth is that until you’ve made the change to treat your body with the same care that you do your food, your good efforts may not give you the results you desire.
Organic is a lifestyle. Living organically means taking all steps necessary to avoid harmful pollutants, and making sure that they don’t enter our bodies in any way – especially our skin.
Your skin, the largest organ of the body, is made up of over two billion pores. Two billion porous ways for toxins to enter our skin and do the same damage that processed food or that morning donut will do to your digestive system and overall health and well being.
We hate to be the ones to break it to you – but you may never be able to shake this image the next time you are lathering up with the latest “best beauty products” on the market. But a little extra knowledge never hurts anyone.
The best way to start making healthy changes in your skin care routine? Start small.
If you have a favorite product that you feel you could never live without, do some research for it’s natural alternative. We promise you, it’s out there. the EWG website is a great resource to find healthier alternative to your common care products.
Now the trick for cosmetics is that the term "Organic" is not governed by the FDA and does not necessarily guarantee a safer product for the consumer.
So, as a rule of thumb:
- Always check the label and read the ingredients
- If you cannot pronounce it... it's not a good sign
- Research the company, its values, its mission. Smaller businesses tend to rely more on quality and customer interest than large brand names.
- Ask your local organic/natural store for suggestions and recommendations
- Check the price tag: synthetic ingredients, filler and preservatives help drop the price tag. $.99 for a gallon of moisturizing cream should raise a flag!
And for all you mamas out there who do all you can to keep your baby safe and out of harms way, same applies to baby products of course.
Consider how much you love all two billion of the pores on that little precious child’s body the next time you are searching for the best diaper care products or diaper wipes for sensitive skin. La Petite Crème prides itself on the offering a safe and wholly natural alternative to both traditional diaper wipes and diaper creams.
Michelle Dempsey MS, CPRW
A Native-New Yorker with a heart as big as her personality, Michelle has made South Florida her home. As a mommy and wife, Michelle devotes her life to making the people around her feel loved, happy and important. When she is not writing, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family, enjoying Fort Lauderdale life with friends, and indulging in coffee, from sunup to sundown. Michele is the author of The Trusted Mama.