You don’t have to scrub your face as if it were a grimy and greasy sink when you wash it. Using chemical-laden facial products is also a big no-no. This article will show you why cleaning your face using organic face products is the best way to take care of your skin.
Cleaning the face requires removing germs, excess oil, and dirt on it but be careful not to do it so hard as to strip the skin of moisture and damage the cells on its surface. According to New York dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant, only the gentlest cleanser should be used.
Look for the USDA 100% Organic Seal
Every skin is different and while a cleanser can work wonders on our skin, it could prove damaging to some. According to Nneka Leiba, deputy director of research for the Environmental Working Group (EWG), using an organic facial cleanser has a major benefit: the assurance that the product has neither pesticide residues nor synthetic ingredients, many of which have been linked to adverse side effects.
Look for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seal that reads “100% organic” on the label of a facial wash or cleanser to be sure that the product contains ingredients which have been grown organically. Products labeled “organic” but do not have the USDA’s organic seal should, however, contain at least 95% of ingredients which have been organically produced.
How Often Should We Wash our Face?
Washing your face with organic products does not mean doing it more often than you should. While you have to remove makeup before you go to bed, don’t forget that the same rule applies to your sunscreen, organic as it is, because both stale makeup and sunscreen that has been on your skin for more than 24 hours can rebound to over-produce oil and lead to breakouts.
According to Krant, skipping one day of face washing is okay if you didn’t put on makeup or sweat on that certain day. Otherwise, it is somewhat of a general rule that face washing should be done twice a day, especially before going to bed. The important thing is not to wash excessively. Additionally, using an organic moisturizer according to your skin type is essential.
Moisturizers Stay ON and IN Your Skin
You may not know this but using an organic moisturizer is even more important than using an organic facial cleanser or soap. A moisturizer stays on and in your skin, keeps it hydrated and moist, protects it against environmental damage, and prevents signs of aging to develop. This means if your moisturizer is loaded with chemicals, they stay on and in your skin, too.
What A Good Moisturizer Should Be
An organic moisturizer can significantly improve the complexion and give it the healthy glow and radiance of youth. Not to mention that an organic moisturizer applied as a night cream can heal your skin even while you sleep and protect your skin against sun damage during the day. Natural blockers of ultraviolet (UV) rays, when organically produced, include Shea butter, argan and coconut oils, aloe vera, and cucumbers.
A good organic moisturizer will contain ingredients that have antioxidant properties and nourishing qualities like vitamins E and C and green tea extract. All three work to hydrate pores to keep skin looking youthful, healthy, and fresh. Look for a moisturizer which contains the highest number of organic ingredients. Some organic products, in fact, will indicate what chemicals they have eliminated in their formulation.
Get the Habit of Reading Labels
The best way to clean your face is to use organic facial products. This means you are aware of the synthetic and natural versions of each ingredient that went into the product’s formulation. Watch out for humectants, preservatives, synthetic emollients, and surfactants that appear on the label. Researching each ingredient may be time-consuming but considering that it is for your skin and general health it is well worth it.
Get in the habit of reading product labels, including those of face products, organic or not. Familiarize yourself with the toxic ingredients found in the majority of facial products before purchasing any. When you are well-informed, making the switch to organic facial products becomes easier.