Skin care is a health issue, no different from the food I put on my dinner plate or the time I take to exercise every day. So many of us have become numb to the potentially harmful ingredients we’re using on our skin, and it’s important to educate yourself on the alternatives. How do you choose your organic skin-care products and what sort of things you should avoid?
Best organic skin care for average skin.
Average skin means your skin doesn’t swing to any extreme; you don’t struggle with redness, reactions, breakouts, dryness, or dullness. A basic routine for this skin involves cleansing every night (always!) and providing adequate moisture and sun protection. Exfoliation once a week will keep cell turnover healthy and allow products to penetrate more effectively.
Suggestions of natural ingredients for normal skin
a) Aloe Vera b) Jojoba oil c) Essential oils of lavender and carrot seed
Best organic skin care for oily or breakout-prone skin:
If your skin is oily or you have a lot of acne, it means your sebaceous glands (or, pores) are overactive, and sebum is getting trapped in the pores, where it becomes infected and inflamed. As with any health condition, you must start at the root of the problem, addressing diet, stress level, and hormones with your health care provider—then you can move on to selecting products to support it from the outside.
Suggestions of natural ingredients for oily or breakout-prone skin:
a) Honey b) Activated charcoal c) Rose hip seed oil d) Dead sea mud
Best organic skin care for sensitive or reactive skin:
Whether your skin reacts to everything or just a few common skin-care ingredients, it’s not all bad: It can make you into an educated label reader! Less is absolutely more when you’re dealing with sensitive skin.
Suggested natural ingredients for sensitive or reactive skin:
a) Aloe vera b) Vegetable glycerin c) Sunflower oil d) Sweet almond oil
Best organic skin care for dry and dehydrated skin.
Skin can get dry or dehydrated for various reasons, from diet to sun damage to age-related changes. Stay hydrated, keep your electrolytes balanced, and eat plenty of healthy fats like avocados, hemp seeds, or healthy fish. Be sure to apply product while your skin is still damp, to lock in moisture.
Suggested natural ingredients for dry or dehydrated skin:
a) Mango butter b) Hyluronic acid c) Borage seed oil
Choosing to invest in organic food and skin-care products is one of many ways to nourish your body and spirit in the long term. You are what you eat—and what you slather on your skin!