Organic Skincare: Three Things You Thought You Knew

What is 'organic' skin care? As prices creep up, is it necessary to spend more on expensive organics or are they just another way of helping us part with our money? Understanding what organics are, and how organic skin care can benefit you will help you stretch your beauty budget and get the right product for your skin.
Ingredients: If it sounds like a flower, it's good, if it sounds like a chemical it's probably bad. Companies like to emphasize the 'natural' aspect of their products, but all 'organic' skincare products are composed of chemicals; there is no need to be afraid of them. Some companies don't translate their ingredient names into anything we recognize, and you can find a fair bit of Latin involved. Lavender, for example, is often described by its Latin name, lavandula augustifolia, while tea is camelia sinensis, sunflower is helianthus and avocado, persea gratissima. If in doubt, there are many sites on the internet where you can look up the Latin name.
Allergies: If it says it's organic it can't cause an allergy. Sadly this is not true. No matter what the substance is, it's almost always possible to find someone who is allergic to it; even the description 'hypo-allergenic' means unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, it doesn't mean it's impossible. If you have had a reaction to a skin care product it is important to find out what caused the reaction. The only way to do that is trial and error and reading labels.
It's a Fad. Nothing could be further from the truth. Natural skin care has been around since the beginning of recorded history. The ancient Egyptians, for example blended many cosmetics and skin care remedies from the plants and herbs they found around them. They used willow, sycamore and acacia with honey, olive and caster oil amongst many other natural substances. From ancient Egyptian writings a knowledge of natural remedies spread to the ancient Greeks and then to the Romans, who spread it to the rest of the world. In the twentieth century chemists found other, cheaper ways to create skin care and beauty products using chemicals created in the laboratory, however in many cases these have been shown to be less effective than the natural versions.
Organic skin care is here to stay. To use it well and wisely, we need to learn about the ingredients, and to read the label. Most of all, we need to buy from a trusted source.
Want to know more about organic skincare? Visit Viva Green Botanicals. Our aim is to deliver beauty products that will make you feel and look fabulous, live better and live 'green', all at the same time.

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