How to decide if Natural Organic Skin Care is better for you

According to an industry report the growth of the natural and organic skin care segments is growing fast, fueled by media scares and massive marketing hype….and when fear is created, it is easier to get consumers to spend their money in this market segment. Think of marketers and politicians in the same way…fear, uncertainty, doubt are their primary communication focus, and then they over promise and deliver very little…

So is natural organic skin care essential? Seeing as skin is made to be a barrier, and keeps stuff OUT of the body, it is easy to see through the marketing hype around these products. Check out this video of how the skin works. Both sides of the skin care market claim that the skin absorbs their products – which means you should be looking 20 years younger, or you should be dead – depends which side of the fence you are on. Seeing as we do not look 20 years younger (unless we have medical treatments) and we haven’t died, shows that both sides are just using marketing/political tactics to make money.

Think about this:
1. Mushrooms are good for you – but a NATURAL ORGANIC poisonous mushroom will kill you…
2. Peanuts are a great source of energy and protein – but NATURAL ORGANIC peanuts can kill someone with a peanut allergy…
3. If your skin absorbs everything then why would your doctor not suggest that you crush up your medication pills and add them to your moisturizer and slather it all over your face?….
4. Would you crush up your multivitamin pills and add them to your moisturizer instead of swallowing them?…
5. Do you only EAT ORGANIC food? What you put in your body has a direct route to every cell in your body – whereas what you put on your skin has a very small chance of penetrating and getting into the blood stream… If you eat processed/fast/junk food (a lot of which contains GMO ingredients) then how can you possibly justify the hype around Natural/Organic skin care?
6. Do you use highly synthesized medical solutions from your dermatologist like Botox, Restylane, Retin-A, Diferin, Epiduo, Hydroquinone, Obaji systems, Doctor’s brands of skin care products? Is it OK to use medical treatments that are not Natural/Organic while demanding Natural/Organic skin care products? It’s amazing what we can rationalize for ourselves eh?
7. Excessive amounts of any natural extracts can irritate and damage the skin (Eucalyptus, Menthol, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Lemon etc etc etc) no matter how NATURAL?ORGANIC they are…

Companies that claim you can EAT their skin care products make no sense whatsoever…why not put a whole lot of fruit and vegetables in a blender and then smear them all over your skin? Same thing right? Well you will likely just have irritated and smelly skin in the end….and embarrassed that your common sense deserted you and cost you a lot of money…

Most skin care ingredients are plant based – it’s just fashionable now to claim the product is natural (aka the ‘Naturals’ collections)….but all of the ingredients in products are highly processed. There aren’t chunks of coconut or pieces of rose petals in your products are there? If there were they would not do anything in that form anyway. It is specific molecules/ingredients that are needed in skin care products. UNLIKE your body, that will easily break down NATURAL/ORGANIC food and extract the molecules it needs, and discard the rest, skin care products have been highly processed (heated/cooled/mixed/thickened/blended etc) into a format that you can smear all over your face. SO HOW NATURAL and ORGANIC does that make you feel?

So here is my advice:
1. Put marketing hype and BS in the same trash can as the political hype and BS…
2. Check out what the skin care company does NOT put in their product formulas (see No Bad Stuff as an example)…
3. Keep your body and skin healthy and strong by consuming NATURAL/ORGANIC fruit and vegetables (and animal products if you’re not vegetarian)…
4. Treat your skin gently and sensitively and only use cool water on your skin (hot water is highly NATURAL but highly DAMAGING for the skin)…

Real skin care is waaaaaaaaaay more important than marketing hype….so do what is right for your skin rather than what makes marketers a lot of money…

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