How much do you love your skin?
Do you care for it as much as you need to? Do you know how to care for it?
Skin is the largest organ of the body. It literally covers your entire being and plays the most crucial responsibility of acting as barrier and protection for your body from external harmful elements.
Hence, it is also the most visible. A beautiful, smooth skin goes a long way in boosting self-esteem, while even a tiny pimple or blemish may cause distress or discomfort.
But skin can be very fickle. Some people are blessed with clear, soft and smooth skin. And there are those who seem to be plagued by skin disorders and sensitivity most of their lives.
In general, we are born with smooth, supple and soft skin. The kind of unblemished and flawless skin that most people seek during adulthood. The stage in a person's life where we seek to maintain or restore the freshness of appearance and firm and plump skin. But age, nature and environment play crucial roles in our skin’s “fate.” People instinctively desire to stay young looking for as long as possible, and skin is the primary indicator of aging. Without a doubt, aging should not be dreaded, but embraced. However, it does not mean that it would be okay to neglect your skin.
Is "Skincare" Overrated?
When you talk to people, you face them. Thus, a tiny pimple or blemish on any visible part of your skin, caused by a something as simple as a pimple, or a skin disease or disorder such as eczema, acne or psoriasis, can be very debilitating. This is why an acne covered face can be such a harsh blow to an adolescent’s (even an adult’s) self-esteem. It affects their confidence and may attract ignorant bullies. Not to mention the physical discomfort and pain skin disorders can bring. It is for this reason why skin blemishes and disorders could not simply be shrugged off as a “phase” but something that needs to be seriously addressed.
Can it be more obvious how very important skin is and why it should be taken care of in every stage of our lives? If you are aware that something you apply or use would have an adverse effect on your skin with regular use, would you still use it? If you knew that, over time, it would result in dry skin, more wrinkled appearance, more blemishes, as an effect of chemicals, would you still use it? Chemical and synthetic-rich products may give you the desired aesthetic effects in the very short term, but with regular use, these ingredients are absorbed by your body through your skin. There are sources that parabens and other synthetics and chemicals in skincare products are harmful when ingested, but cannot harm the body through the skin. However, medical researches indicate that products used or applied on the skin can be absorbed and enter our bloodstream. Absorbed toxins may not have an immediate adverse effect to our body, but over time, accumulated toxins may reach a level high enough to finally harm your body, and you would not have an idea. To give a clear picture of how skin absorbs topically applied products or skin patches, are nicotine and birth control patches.
There was a study in the U.S. published in 2005, by Environmental Working Group, where it was found that umbilical cords of newborn babies in the fall of 2004, were screened for 400 chemicals and 287 toxins were detected. An astounding number of these toxins are known to cause birth defects and damage growth developments. And they have a wonderful timing of catching up and showing damage with advancing years. The skin epidermal structure it so complex that it is truly difficult to estimate for sure how (or if) external elements can penetrate the skin. At the end of the day, it is up to the person’s due diligence and common sense.
It is not to say that everything about chemicals are bad. It is not always the case. It is a major part of everyday life that you might not even be aware of (cleaning products, fragrances, insecticides, etc.).
Chemical is both a blessing and a curse. Chemicals exist for a reason, and they have their own benefits for sure. However, they may be used in strict regulation, but not as freely and indiscriminately, as part of skincare regimen.
Premium Benefits, Premium Price?
Many people who are serious about caring for their skin and maintaining it beautifully as long as biologically and humanly possible, put premium on skin care. In the present day commerce, the word ‘organic’ is used indiscriminately because Organic is commonly associated with purity and unadulterated natural source. People who are aware of the amazing effects and benefits of organic products and natural process are usually willing to pay for their premium cost. Hence, companies are very quick on slapping the word ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ to their products. But are they really?
To put it simply, organic means that the elements and ingredients used for making the product are grown under a set process in accordance with ecological regulations. Organic farming methods work in beautiful synchrony with nature and ecosystem, and not against it. This method follows the natural course of nature and does not apply chemicals or synthetic agents that would speed up the natural process, rather, it uses and encourage biodiversity to act as natural pest control. The nutrients in the soil is naturally encouraged to build up to make it grow healthy and strong crops without relying on chemicals that would have adverse effects to the human body, in the long term.
Is it Worth Paying More?
Genuine organic ingredients coupled with natural process produce fantastic products. They are packed full of benefits for health and well-being. When we say organic, we mean only those ingredients which have been grown and processed under a specific and strict set of ecological regulations. It is important to recognize that ‘organic’ does not apply to natural ingredients which have not been grown: clay, salt or water. Organic farming methods work with natural ecosystems rather than trying to dominate, recognizing that our world relies on a complex, delicate balance. It encourages wildlife biodiversity to act as a natural pest control, and to build up the nutrients in the soil to grow strong, healthy crops. Use of synthetic chemicals or ingredients is avoided.
Although to be fair, many skincare products may contain a small amount of chemical or synthetic ingredients because in reality, purely natural or organic skincare need these elements in order to be commercially viable to be maintained for a period of time or to be transported to far off countries.
This strict natural process and adherence to nature is one of the main reasons why genuine organic products are a bit more expensive than ordinary products that contain synthetic ingredients and produced with speed by using chemical and unnatural process. Since organic production takes a lot more time and effort, they cost more in terms of labor, storage and ingredients. Hence, organic products are not for everyone. They are for those who are willing to pay premium and those who have better understanding of what organic is all about. Many people are happy to pay a little bit more in exchange of products that have kept their nutritional integrity and have managed to remain free from harmful synthetic ingredients.
So, is it worth paying for more for premium and natural skincare? Definitely!
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