The demand for organic beauty products has significantly increased over the last few years due to consumers who are quickly turning to healthy, preservative-free, cruelty-free products for their skin.
But is it really worth going organic all the way? Recent studies have shown that not all skincare items with preservatives are bad, and not all organic beauty products are good – you still have to be really careful in choosing what’s best for your skin!
So before you finally make that big switch, here are 5 points about using organic products that you should consider:
Organic products expire faster.
According to a medical professional that I recently spoke with, we have to actually be cautious in using organic products because they lack preservatives.
This essentially means that these products are more likely to expire quickly, especially when exposed to heat or direct sunlight. Without preservatives, germs and bacteria are more likely to grow faster in organic products due to heat and other factors.
It also means that we have to consume the product as soon as we open it and strictly follow the expiration date.
Here’s a tip: If the expiration date on the container gets erased or becomes indecipherable, check the ingredients section of the product and look for the small illustration of an opened container––it’s usually indicated in months (M).
Organic products have allergens, too.
You must also consider the possible allergens that might be present in the product. Because of the use of alternative ingredients, whether it is the oil or fruit derivatives, organic products can still trigger some reactions to your skin (we know most of us are allergic to at least a thing or two!).
So when using organic products, you better make sure as to what or which ingredients you are allergic to!
Know your skin BETTER.
Sometimes we switch to other products because of the recommendations from people closest to us.
But before trying any new organic product, always remember that we have different skin types, and not everything that works for your friend will work for you––your skin might be more sensitive than others, and taking care of it requires more than oils or fruit alternatives.
Don’t skip the skin test!
For you to know your skin better, a usual recommendation before trying out any new organic product is to do a simple skin test.
It is better to try the product in small amounts f you are able to read through the ingredients list written on the bottle and aren’t totally positive about your allergies.
Do a simple skin test at home wherein you put a small amount of the product first on your neck or arm and observe for at least 24-48 hours for any unusual skin reaction.
If it gets red, itchy or just any irritating feel, stop using it and consult a professional. . It is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry!
Don’t be shy, ask your dermatologist!
Most of us are hesitant to ask our dermatologists if we can use organic products, since it means we are going to deviate from his or her current prescriptions. But we don’t have to be.
A medical professional is and should be open to the fact that their clients are willing to try new products in the market, especially organic products that are currently on the rise.
Just also be open to what they are going to tell you, such as the pros and cons of organic products, as they are the experts when it comes to skincare.
People change their skincare products and routines due to various reasons. It may be hormonal, due to harsh weather conditions during seasonal changes, pregnancy, or the desire to try something new.
This is a reminder that it is always best to weigh the pros and cons and consult a professional first before experimenting with products you are unfamiliar with. At the end of the day, we all want to achieve healthy and glowing skin!
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