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Organic VS Chemical I Which one is better and why

Updated: Nov 27, 2022

I wanted to find out more about organic skincare and natural alternatives. I wanted to educate myself so I could make better decisions and in turn help, others do the same. The human race is exposed to pollution and toxic chemicals all the time so why would you rub these onto the largest organ of the body, knowing that the skin absorbs at least 60% of what is placed on it into the bloodstream? 20% of Doctor’s visits are related to skin complaints and it is hardly surprising when you read the ingredients in some skin care products. Furthermore, many of the ingredients are not only bad for our skin but also bad for the environment.

Here are 5 chemical ingredients that are found in almost every product you see in stores:

- there are several more!

1) Parabens

4-hydroxybenzoic acid esters such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, n-propylparaben, n-butylparaben. It has been shown that parabens possess oestrogenic properties, the reason from which they have been termed xenoestrogens or environmental oestrogens. They can be very harmful since they have the potential to disrupt normal endocrine function, resulting in alterations in the reproductive system and susceptibility to cancer (like oxybenzone in sunscreens).

Parabens are commonly employed as antimicrobial preservatives in a wide range of cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical products

2) Alcohols

A range of alcohols are usually used as preservatives and/or solvents in the cosmetic industry. They help other ingredients such as vitamin C and retinol to penetrate the skin more effectively. Tiny amounts should not be a problem. However, alcohols such as ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol can disrupt the skin’s surface layers when used as main ingredients. They can break down the surface layers of skin, destroying compounds that are vital for the good health of the skin.

3) Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

It is a synthetic foaming agent used in a wide range of cosmetic products (e.g. shampoos, bubble-baths, liquid soaps, toothpaste). It acts as a surface-active substance that lowers the surface tension of aqueous solutions and is able to solve lipid membranes. It has been shown that pre-exposure of SLS, renders the cutaneous permeability barrier, more susceptible to the following compounds, possibly by supporting their transdermal penetration. SLS can cause skin irritation and sensitization when used repetitively

4) Triclosan (TCS)

It is an antimicrobial chemical agent used in a huge variety of products including liquid soaps, shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste, mouthwashes, household cleaning products and hand sanitisers. TCS has shown to produce bacterial resistance via target, which decreases the inhibitory effect of this chemical. Moreover, bacteria in the environment can become TCS resistant under environmentally relevant exposure levels of TCS. TCS exposure has also resulted in bacterial resistance to other antimicrobials in clinical settings.

Recent human epidemiology studies show an association of an increase in urinary triclosan concentrations with a variety of detrimental endpoints including decrease in fecundity, decrease in newborn’s weight, length, and head circumference; decrease in BMI, Increase in total levels of triiodothyronine (T3); increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS); increase in spontaneous abortion rates; and increase in risk of asthmas, allergies and food sensitization.

5) Microbeads and Microplastics

These are not easy to spot but check your skincare for the following: polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, polylactic acid, or nylon— these are the most common plastics that make up microbeads. In spite of the ban which is being imposed by 2020, you will spot them in sunscreen, toothpaste, body wash and scrubs – even some ‘natural’ brands. Microbeads are a massive environmental issue and given that we live so close to the sea, it is something we are passionate about. The health of our oceans is vital to our health.

The chemical based products are made up of synthetic and chemical ingredients. Even though some of the chemicals make the product more effective, it increases the chances of you developing skin allergies, rashes, irritations and side effects. The chemicals used are often very harsh on the skin and too abrasive for people with sensitive skin.

More often than not, chemical based products cause more harm than good. You are at a risk of pre-mature aging if you use chemicals on your skin continuously. Chemicals tend to exhaust your skin over time and cause your skin to sag. This is caused by the chemicals breaking down your natural Elastin in your body.

Natural based skincare products are made up of non-artificial ingredients such as oils, plants, fruit extracts and fruit acids. These elements of the skincare product are known to nourish and treat your skin in a natural way. Most of your natural products are high in anti-oxidants. They assist your body in slowing down the ageing process which creates a younger, vibrant looking skin

Women have trusted beauty products made from plants for thousands of years. Nature offers us some of the most amazingly safe and effective ingredients. The essential oils of plants have been known throughout the ages as the most potent beautifying agents for the skin. They have a unique lipid structure that allows them to penetrate cell membranes and transport oxygen and nutrients to each cell of the body. Essential oils are some of the highest known sources of antioxidants that can prevent free radical damage and thus have an anti-aging effect on the skin.


Organic Products:

  1. Better for your skin and is not likely to cause skin allergies.

  2. The shelf life decrease as the product is natural and does not contain parabens.

  3. Not toxic to the skin.

  4. Helps your skin slow down the ageing process due to the anti-oxidants in the product.

  5. Safe to use on children and people with sensitive skin.

  6. Results take longer to see however, it is longer lasting.

Chemical Products:

  1. The chemicals and synthetic ingredients are likely to cause skin allergies and reactions.

  2. Has a longer shelf life due to the preservatives in the products.

  3. Can be toxic to the skin depending on the ingredients.

  4. Damages your skin when used long term and depletes the skin’s natural Elastin production.

  5. Not safe to use on sensitive skin types or on children.

  6. Results are seen in a shorter period of time however, the effects are not long lasting.

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