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The benefits of organic food and products in skincare

Text contributed by Marlize Nel from Down to Earth. Find out more here: www.shoporganic.co.za/downtoearth

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Just how deep is skincare? Although a solid skincare routine is good advice, skincare is not only skin deep, it starts deep in your gut.

If the word skincare is mentioned, do you think of a skincare routine – a step by step process of cleansing, exfoliating, perhaps toning and then moisturising? These are after all the basics of maintaining of a healthy skin, taught to us by our mothers and the media.

Having and keeping to a skincare routine is important, but in today’s chemical-ridden world there are more factors to consider when it comes to skincare.

Inside out
Another basic requirement for healthy skin,as we know, is a healthy diet. Eating healthy and nutritious food does wonders for your complexion and it’s vital to make that connection;“what you put in, you get out”. The unfortunate truth however is that we often “put in” unwanted ingredients unknowingly, without realising the harm we will eventually “get out”.

Our meat and dairy are filled with growth hormones and antibiotics. Our fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides that make their way into our bodies.Ready-made meals and processed foods contain refined sugar, trans fats, colourants, flavourants, preservatives and GMO’s that have all shown to be harmful to our health. These chemicals and foreign ingredients have a negative effect on our gut flora and can manifest in wide-ranging disorders, from behavioural problems to chronic and terminal illnesses and more. The effects of an unhealthy gut on the skin, our biggest organ, has been linked to acne, premature ageing, allergies and other skin reactions like eczema and psoriasis, in some people.

This makes a good case to switch to organic, whole foods as much as possible. Organic farming promotes ecological balance and uses no synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilisers. Organic food is not processed using irradiation or synthetic additives. Also start reading your labels and educate yourself on the chemicals you are consuming and the possible effects on your body. A healthy diet no longer means just keeping to the food pyramid;it now also means leaving certain unwanted ingredients out of your diet.

Outside in
The same philosophy rings true when it come to the personal care products you use in your skincare routine, which are absorbed by the skin. This includes make-up and topical treatments too. Marketers of these products easily point out the good stuff in their products, but if you look at the list of ingredients more closely, you may find an array of artificial chemicals, in large quantities, that in no way benefit the skin and are in some cases quite harmful.

If you want your skin to remain healthy in the long-term, make sure the products you use contain no nasties and stick to natural and organic plant ingredients that nourish and heal. It only makes sense to do so – for you and for the Earth. Natural products are either made up entirely of natural ingredients or if any synthetic ingredients are used, they are used in very small amounts and are safety approved. Natural products are manufactured with appropriate processes to maintain ingredient purity, use no animal testing in their development, use biodegradable ingredients and environmentally sensitive packaging. The ethos of the natural product producer is to be transparent and to fully disclose ingredients accurately and truthfully. Why would you want anything else?


MarlizeNel
Down to Earth (www.downtoearthcare.co.za)

Further reading:
The gut-skin connection: how altered gut function affects the skin
(http://chriskresser.com/the-gut-skin-connection-how-altered-gut-function-affects-the-skin/)

Why You Should Heal Your Gut If You Want Clear Skin
(http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16837/why-you-should-heal-your-gut-if-you-want-clear-skin.html)

Most personal care products contain harmful ingredients
(http://www.naturalnews.com/031457_personal_care_products_chemicals.html)

Growth Hormones Fed to Beef Cattle Damage Human Health (https://www.organicconsumers.org/scientific/growth-hormones-fed-beef-cattle-damage-human-health)

Factory Farms: Bad for Farm Animals and Human Consumers (https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/factory-farms-bad-farm-animals-and-human-consumers)

Pesticide poisoning
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide_poisoning)

Allergic to food additives?
(http://www.health24.com/Medical/Allergy/Allergy-triggers/Allergic-to-food-additives-20120721)

Foodbabe blog
(http://foodbabe.com/investigations/)

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