When I think of skincare, the supermarket does not come to mind. Unfortunately, even though it’s convenient, products found in the supermarket do not place skin health as a priority. This is evident by reading the ingredients list of chemical-laden products that are advertised to “cleanse and clear” or “soothe and soften” when in reality, these products are stripping away natural oils, causing conditions like eczema and rashes (not to mention breakouts!) and loading the skin with harsh chemicals. It is these chemicals that are the problem, and sadly, so so many of us just do not realise the real damage these products are causing on the outside and the inside. Parabens, PEGs, sodium laureth sulfate and propylene glycol are just some of the common ingredients that multi-million dollar brands are labelling as “rejuvenating” and “deep cleansing”. Not to freak you out, but phthalates have been “linked to endometriosis and early puberty in girls, and reproductive organ abnormalities and reduced fertility in males” (Chemicals in Cosmetics). This makes it apparent that the risks of supermarket products – especially cosmetics – is not just a female issue. Deodorants, shaving creams and fragrances, along with cleansers and moisturisers targeted at men are loaded with just as many carcinogens as the ones targeted at females.
For this reason, switching to a brand that prioritises skin health is critical if you are truly looking for a range of products that can actually live up to the claims on the packaging. Organic products are without doubt the only option if you are seeking skincare that nourishes and protects the skin. Supermarket skincare will never be able to achieve real skin care if the product contains ingredients that are scientifically proven to cause cancer and disrupt the normal functioning of organs, like the liver and kidneys. Instead of causing breakouts, rashes or dry patches due to the irritation from conventional products, organic products will nourish, heal and protect the skin.