What Does Organic Skincare Mean?
These days, many of us are steering towards organic skincare in the UK.
In 2015, the global skincare market was valued at USD 3.56 billion and is estimated to be worth approximately $16 billion by the end of 2020. The increasing awareness regarding the benefits of organic products over their chemical counterparts is driving this growth and as consumers continue to shift their focus to organic across all product segments—food, health and beauty, personal care, etc.—brands from various industries are repositioning their product portfolios by rebranding them as natural and organic.
What is Organic Skincare?
In a nutshell, organic skincare products consist primarily of chemical-free ingredients, with several health benefits and zero to minimum side effects. There are many organic certifications, but the Organic Food Federation and Soil Association are some of the most widely recognised in the UK.
Now let’s discuss the difference between natural and organic.
Natural vs. Organic: What’s the Difference?
While these words are often used interchangeably, there are distinctions between organic and natural skincare products. For example, if a product is natural, it likely has natural ingredients which are not necessarily organic. Meanwhile, organic strictly refers to product components grown without pesticides, chemicals, or artificial fertilisers.
Whereas natural skincare products are 50-70% chemical-free, organic products should be 95-100% ‘organic’.
The Benefits of Using Organic Skincare
When you support organic skincare, you use products that say:
NO to Animal Testing
NO to Genetically Modified Organisms
NO to Parabens and Phthalates
NO to Synthetic Colours, Dyes, and Fragrances
By being mindful of what you put on your skin, you also benefit from what organic skincare has to offer.
Better for your skin. Up to 60% of what you apply on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream and later, into your body. So, it makes perfect sense to use organic skincare products because, with that, you can be sure your body absorbs only natural ingredients that can be just as effective as their synthetic counterparts. Plus, they are less likely to cause allergic reactions and irritations.
Eco-friendly. Because organic products are grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, they don’t leave a carbon footprint on the soil, water, and air. They produce less carbon dioxide and dangerous wastes too. It means by supporting organic skincare brands, you also help minimise your environmental impact and promote environmental sustainability at the same time.
Cruelty-free. Another great thing about organic products is that they’re not tested on animals to guarantee that they’re safe for human use. They’re made with natural ingredients in the first place, so you know they’re safe and harmless. It goes without saying that when you buy cruelty-free skincare products, you also support the move towards putting an end to animal testing in the industry.
With all these said, how can you start an organic skincare routine? Switch to a local brand that commits to using organic ingredients on their products—the ones that have multiple uses is a plus, so you can make the most out of your investment.
At Shealove London, we take pride in using organic, natural ingredients for our signature Mother’s Skin Cream. It is formulated to moisturise the skin and prevent the appearance of stretch marks, sans the long-term side effects associated with chemical products.
Using shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, and rosehip oil, our moisturising cream is made with ingredients that your body and nature already love. So, invest in your health today and make the switch to affordable organic skincare!
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