Organic vs. Non Organic Cosmetics

Our skin is the body’s first line of defense against an infection. Anything that is absorbed by the skin goes through our bloodstream. Taking care of our skin involves having a healthy diet and adequate exercise. More so, the skincare industry offers a variety of products that would suit a person’s need. But the big question is, are we choosing the right product for our skin?

The history of cosmetics dates back a thousand years ago with ancestors using different organic products as remedies for a certain skin problem. In fact, during the early 1900s, cosmetic use is so rare that it can only be bought at a specific store.  Only those who are rich were the ones who were able to afford it. It was around the year 1910 where make-ups became a fashion trend in The United States of America and Europe. It started with only a few shades and products and eventually became a success with the formation of cosmetic companies all over the world.

Fast forward to the present time, cosmetics have been a staple product in almost all stores. Heck, you can even buy it anywhere that even in the market, you see lots of it. But are you sure it’s safe? In comes the debate whether to get the traditional cosmetics versus the organic ones.

Organic cosmetics

The classification of organic is if it uses natural and raw plant-based materials as its main ingredient. Because of this, many claims that it is far more beneficial to the skin than the traditional ones. Since it is chemical-free, it is 100% hypoallergenic and great for people with sensitive skin.  More so, the beautiful aroma radiates thanks to the perfectly blended essential oils.

Comparison

Comparing these two cosmetics has its slight differences.

  • Ingredients

Organic: contains essential oils, plant extracts, vitamins and minerals

Traditional:  they usually contain synthetic chemicals, parabens, talc and genetically modified ingredients

  • Expiration

Organic: Since it is preservative-free, the shelf life of these products is shorter than the traditional one

 

Traditional: contains a robust preservative to keep the product bacteria-free for a longer period

  • Price

Organic: widely available and made more affordable

Traditional: tends to be cheaper

  • Health meter

Organic: Considering the natural ingredients in the product, it is almost a 100% great for the skin

Traditional: studies have shown that chemicals present may pose a risk to having a hormonal imbalance, fertility issues, and cancer

  • Performance

Organic: tend to have a limited option in color

Traditional: offers a wide variety of color and are likely to have more features such as being waterproof

  • Safety

Cosmetics approved by the Food and Drug Administration are typically safe but both types of cosmetics may trigger allergies depending on the skin type.

Overall, no matter what type of cosmetics you use, always take precautions. At the end of the day, it is you who will decide what products you think are safe for your skin.

 

Sheryl Ann Datukon

Nurse. Breastfeeding mom. Writer. Loves to travel and do photography. One who simply lives life to the fullest.