Secrets of the spa: Benefits of organic skincare products

Did you know that even if your skincare product is labelled organic, it doesn’t mean that all the ingredients in the bottle are organic?

The United States Department of Agriculture regulates only food ingredients found in your skincare products. This means that essential oils and other non-food ingredients are not regulated. Products that contain at least 95% organic food ingredients can bear the USDA Organic logo. Products that contain 75%-94% organic ingredients can be labelled “made with organic ingredients,” but cannot display the logo.

The term "organic" refers to product ingredients grown without pesticides, chemicals or artificial fertilisers. However, "organic” doesn’t necessarily mean the product is cleaner or safer than other skincare products. To get the most benefit for your skin, take some time to read the label and research the company and their ingredient sourcing and production methods to find out exactly what you are investing in.

When reading the label on a skincare product, the following are three ingredients you should avoid:

  • Parabens — This is a preservative mostly found in sunscreens and moisturisers. Parabens aren’t good for our skin as they can cause free-radical damage, which contributes to premature ageing.
  • Sulfates — The most common sulfate found in personal care products is sodium laureth sulfate. This sulfate creates foam or lather in products like cleansers, shampoos and bubble bath. Unfortunately, they tend to strip natural oils, causing your skin to become dry.
  • Phthalates — Commonly used in cosmetics and fragrances, phthalates are linked to endocrine system disruption and have even been banned from skincare products in some countries.

Ingredients in your skincare products will ultimately seep into your bloodstream and some can harm your body. Most organic skincare products are not only better for your skin, they're also better for the environment. Chemicals from synthetic products make their way into our water systems and have the potential to harm animals and plants. The processes associated with manufacturing synthetic products can also put a great deal of stress on the environment.

Organic products are filled with familiar-sounding ingredients such as jojoba oil, avocado oil, shea butter, pomegranate extract, aloe vera, etc. These ingredients contain vitamins and compounds such as vitamin C, resveratrol and AHAs — alpha-hydroxy acids — all of which have benefits for the skin.

At The Spa at Seafire, we believe in nourishing our guests with organic skincare products, which not only benefits the user but also supports our environment.

Anneka Greenway is the manager at The Spa at Seafire at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.

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This article appears in print in the April 2021 edition of Camana Bay Times.

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