Did you know the type of cosmetics you use could be negatively impacting the environment as well as your skin? When you think of global warming and environmental issues, the last thing you associate them with is your skincare routine. However, from the packaging used to the types of materials and chemicals added to the products – they can have a surprising impact on the environment.
Here, we’ll look at why your skin and the planet will thank you for switching to organic products.
Produced through sustainable agriculture
Organic products, not to be mixed up with natural products, tend to be produced largely through sustainable agriculture. This means their ingredient sources are often renewable and help to sustain farmers across the planet.
Chemical products on the other hand are not produced via sustainable agriculture. Typically produced in a lab, the majority of ingredients found within chemical skin care products aren’t just bad for the environment, they’re bad for the skin too.
No chemicals are released during production
When producing organic products, no harmful chemicals are released into the environment. This alone automatically makes them much safer for the environment than chemical products. They also won’t risk harming marine life when they’re flushed down drains.
Take sunscreen for example. Did you know that products such as sunscreen often contain nanoparticles? These are easily washed down the drain, leading to potential harmful effects on marine life. They have also been shown to have a link to an increased risk of cancer and premature aging. What’s surprising about this, is that these nanoparticles are often used in anti-aging products.
So, your chemical anti-aging products may be having the exact opposite effect they’re supposed to! Organic skin care products on the other hand, pose no danger to marine life if they’re not going to cause premature aging. It’s best to stick to well-known organic brands like NEOM, to ensure the products you’re buying are actually organic.
One of the more recent issues of chemical products which ahs been revealed, is microbeads. Commonly found in beauty products such as exfoliators and cleansers, these tiny beads are actually damaging the water supply.
They’re getting into the oceans and killing off marine life. The marine animals are unable to distinguish between microplastics and food, meaning they often consumer them and die as a result. Many experts are now trying to ban these microbeads to prevent them from further impacting the environment.
They aren’t tested on animals
Of course, another major benefit is that organic products are never tested on animals. Thousands of animals die each year after undergoing cosmetic testing. It’s no secret the animals are often kept in cramped, uncomfortable and inhumane conditions too. This is why many leading beauty brands have started to stop testing their products on animals. However, there are still a surprising number of companies who continue to test their products on animals.
So, if you’re against animal cruelty, you’ll definitely want to switch to organic products.
No nasty plastic packaging
Another way organic products are good for the environment, is because they feature a lot less plastic packaging. Often, organic brands take advantage of recyclable packaging instead. Plastic packaging is causing havoc on the planet, especially on the world’s oceans. If it’s not stuck in the landfill sites, it’s being swallowed by innocent marine life. Organic packaging on the other hand is a lot more environmentally friendly.
These are just some of the reasons you should consider switching to organic skin care products. As you can see, they’re not just better for your skin, they’re also essential for the environment too.
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