It's Organic Beauty & Wellbeing week, so let's talk about beauty products and why choosing organic is better for you and the planet!
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? Have a quick think about how many different products you use every day. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, face wash, moisturiser, toothpaste, period products….add them all up and you may be surprised at how many different chemicals your body could be absorbing. You have probably seen products advertising that they are paraben or phtalalate free, but what harm can these ingredients actually do?
Parabens (some you would commonly find include butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben) are preservatives that, according to the Soil Association, can be found in more than 90% of non-organic products. However, are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking oestrogen. Phthalates are also believed to be endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can change your hormonal balance and have been linked to reproductive issues as well as a wealth of other health issues. Certified organic beauty products don’t contain any of these chemicals, so you can be reassured that you are limiting your exposure in these areas.
As well as being better for you, Organic Beauty is also better for the planet. From the organically farmed ingredients that contain no genetically modified organisms, synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides, to any leftover waste that is washed away down the drain, organic beauty products are much kinder and more sustainable for the planet. By choosing organic we can make a world of difference!