If you are here reading this then I think it is safe to assume that you are looking for some reliable information that might help you in your search for a good organic face moisturiser? Searching around for a good one can be quite a challenge, as you may well have discovered. There are countless moisturisers available on the market these days, and a good number of them are said to be made from 100% natural ingredients.
All-Natural vs. Organic
A lot of people unknowingly mistake and assume that all-natural skin care products and organic skin care products are the same thing, but this is not actually always the case. Obviously, an organic skin care product will only contain natural ingredients, but an all-natural skin care product doesn’t necessarily have to be made organic ingredients. True organic skin care products only contain natural ingredients which have been organically farmed, and this is why organic skin care products tent to be a bit pricey.
Does it really matter whether the ingredients are all organic or not? In my opinion, it all boils down to personal choice. Some people go to great lengths in order to ensure that they and their families only eat organic food, so it is perfectly understandable that they want to extend this to their personal skin care regimens as well.
Agricultural Contaminants and Pollutants
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered more than 865 different pesticides to date, and virtually every single one of these contains disturbingly toxic ingredients. Sadly, the human race has reached a point where it is virtually impossible for the average person to avoid coming into contact with these contaminants. Is this something we should really be concerned about? Let us take a look at some common pesticide ingredients, and then you can make your own mind up:
- Ammonia – This chemical is most dangerous when inhaled, and can rapidly cause death. It is also extremely corrosive to your skin and your eyes.
- Arsenic – I don’t think I need to say too much about this famous poison. The World Health Organization warns that long term exposure can cause cancer; skin lesions; respiratory failure, and developmental problems. They also warn that the biggest threat comes from drinking ground water that has been contaminated, and from using/consuming crops which have been watered or sprayed with contaminated water.
- Benzene – Being exposed to benzene for more than a year can result in serious blood related problems, and exposure can also lead to serious bone marrow problems.
- Chlorine – Did you know that chlorine was the first poison ever to be used as a weapon during the First World War? Did you know that chlorine can readily penetrate skin? When it does, it targets moist tissue and it causes hydrogen to split from water. Even more disturbing is the fact that it can even penetrate individual cells, where it in turn does the exact same thing.
- Dioxins – Dioxins are a family of chemically-related chemicals which are causing a huge amount of growing concern all around the world due to the fact that they are in such abundance, and the fact that they are incredibly toxic. Laboratory experiments have shown that dioxins can affect various organs and bodily functions. Once these enter your body, they tend to accumulate because of the chemical stability, and because they are ready absorbed into fatty tissue. It is believed that these toxins have a half life of between 7 and 11 years, during which they can pose a significant health risk to your immune system and your endocrine system. They are also known carcinogens, meaning they can cause cancer. Whatever you do, you need to avoid dioxins as much as you possibly can.
- Ethylene Oxide – Apart from this chemical having been linked to cancer of the blood or blood system, many experts also believe it can cause genetic defects; reproductive issue such as infertility and a growing amount of research is suggesting it could harm an unborn child.
- Formaldehyde – Laboratory studies that used rats have shown that this chemical can also cause cancer, over and above the other entire well documented, but less severe side effects.
Okay, so we have looked at a small fraction of the dangerous chemicals found in pesticides and herbicides that are used extensively in the agricultural sector. Now you can see why more and more people are increasingly changing over to organic produce. The same applies to skin care products, in that there are now millions of people who no longer want to use products on their skin that contain ingredients which have been contaminated with so many dangerous chemicals.
It Gets Worse
In the list further up this page, all but three of the chemicals mentioned are actually widely used in the cosmetics industry as well. They are intentionally added to a vast range of mainstream skin care products, where they serve as preservatives; stabilizers; pH adjusters and etc. So, if you go and buy a regular brand name skin moisturiser, you may be thrilled to see that it contains a few natural ingredients, but those ingredients were probably all contaminated while they were still growing in the fields. Then, just to make certain that you definitely do get a decent dose of poison, skin care manufactures go ahead and add those toxic chemicals directly into your expensive bottle of moisturising cream.
The Transition from Regular to Organic
For most people, the transition from mainstream skin care products to organic skin care products begins when they suddenly realize just how harmful regular brand name skin care products can be. At this point most of them make the move from mainstream products to all-natural skin care.
Many are content at this point, believing that they are successfully avoiding chemicals in their daily skin care regimens. To a large extent they are right, but there are no guarantees. After all, many of the natural ingredients in their skin care products will almost certainly have been contaminated while they were still growing in the fields. The only way you can be sure that you are avoiding chemical contamination is if you are buying certified organic skin care products.
People generally tend to use a lot of moisturiser in comparison to other skin care products. They rub it on their legs; their arms; their hands, and of course on their faces. In my opinion, if you are only able to use one organic skin care product, it should be a good quality organic face moisturiser. It will almost certainly cost you more than most regular brand name moisturisers, but I believe it will be worth it in the long run.