Organic beauty ideas to take care of your skin
From nutrition to skincare, reap the many benefits of these wholesome ingredients that are found in every home. What’s more, take note of the skincare products that use food-based ingredients
As your body’s largest organ, your skin has a symbiotic relationship with your lifestyle. What you apply on your skin affects your internal health and what you consume affects the appearance of your skin. So if the organic beauty boom has you excited, here’s a little insight into the world of clean beauty.
KEEP IT CLEAN
A good beauty care routine begins with understanding and procuring quality skincare products. While listing the kind of beauty products one should invest in, Lotus Herbals’ beauty expert, Arshee Rehman, states, “Created without using sulphates or chemical by-products, the products should be gentle yet effective. Chemical-based products are likely to dry your skin as well as increase the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines, which can make you look older.”
There is a lot of confusion as to what constitutes as natural skincare and organic skincare. Malika Sadani, Founder and CEO, The Moms Co, informs, “Natural skincare contains ingredients that are derived from natural sources though they may not be sourced from organic farms. Organic skincare uses ingredients sourced through organic farming, which do not contain pesticides, petroleum-based fertilisers or bioengineered genes for cultivation.”
Boasting of natural components, vegan products have minimal adverse effects on the skin. Shikhee Agrawal, Head — Training, The Body Shop India, adds, “Vegan products are not only naturally manufactured, but also cruelty-free. Owing to their natural ingredients, vegan products are known to have various antibacterial properties that are beneficial for the skin giving it a softer appearance and an enhanced radiance. As a result, this safeguards the skin from problems such as rashes, allergies, eczema and acne.”
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
Just because something is naturally derived doesn’t always mean it’s safe. An expert at Forest Essentials, Dr Taruna Yadav advises, “While natural and organic are definitely safe options to use for the skin, it is important to take into account individuals who are sensitive to certain essential oils/herbs. Do a patch test prior to experimenting with a new organic or natural product. If you’re testing for your face, apply it on the side of your neck. If you’re testing elsewhere on your body, test it behind your knees, on your belly or upper arms.”
Moreover, clean beauty implies embracing organic skincare products and a clean diet. Celebrity skin expert Dr Harshna Bijlani, Medical Head — The AgeLess Clinic, advocates, “You cannot expect to see miraculous results if you apply organic products, but continue to eat the wrong food. While switching to clean skincare products is important, it is of equal importance to adopt a healthy diet to see better results.”
IN THE BALANCE
All said and done, educate yourself about the various ingredients, how they work, which ones are harmful and which ones are helpful. “Certain ingredients like retinol, salicylic acid and various other medicated products do not have proven organic substitutes, but are good for skincare. The best way to go about this is to speak to your doctor, understand what your skin needs and then identify a combination of organic and medical products to treat it,” directs Bijlani.
TAKE STOCK OF THIS
The shelf life of organic ingredients is shorter than that of chemical based products. This means that you’ll be mindful about restocking on a regular basis. “You can store organic products in the refrigerator to help preserve them, but ensure they are discarded as per the expiration date,” suggests Yadav. Switching to an organic skincare routine requires commitment, as oftentimes, it takes longer than chemical-based products for visible results to show. That said, while some chemical based products may give you quick results, over a period of time they’re likely to cause irreversible damage