HOW TO SWITCH TO ORGANIC SKINCARE SEAMLESSLY March 10, 2021 – Posted in: Beauty – Tags: organic, organic skincare
Why Organic Skincare?
Over the course of the last century, we have seen the impact of synthetic chemicals on the world around us. We now know that complex ecosystems don’t respond to single chemical in predictable ways.
For example, when we spray DDT into an ecosystem to kill mosquitos, we succeed, but then we will start to see unintended consequences. Decades after the ban on DDT, 99% of Americans still test positive for DDT residues in their blood. Girls exposed to DDT before puberty are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer as adults. As you can see, although we achieve our short-term goals, the long-term effects are not easy to live with.
Something similar is happening in conventional skincare too. Often, a single chemical is applied to skin for a short-term result without a full understanding of the long-term consequences. The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals on the skin are not yet fully known but it seems unlikely that they would improve long-term ageing outcomes. This is why we have chosen to only recommend our clients those skincare products that are organic and avoid chemicals that do not occur naturally.
Organic farmers don’t use synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, so water courses and soil are not polluted by poisons. This also means that you aren’t polluted by the residues of these chemicals in your organic skincare products. In short, organic farming is sustainable and does less harm to the planet. It isn’t perfect, but it is far better than the status quo.
Organic skincare products contain herbs, oils and extracts produced without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilisers or genetically modified ingredients. In another words, they are better for the environment, and they will also leave less chemical residue on the skin.
A person’s skin often has greater microbial diversity than their gut. Skin is now viewed by scientists as an ecosystem. Human cells and microbes co-exist with both contributing to optimum skin health. By using organic skincare, our skin ecosystem will not be damaged by synthetic chemicals and we will be able to slow down the ageing process more effectively.
What Happens During the Switch to Organic Skincare?
Your skin is intelligent. It adapts to the conditions that it is exposed to. This means that it will adapt to your skincare routine and will try to normalise around that routine. That is the reason why when we switch to a more thoroughly considered skin care routine, it can sometimes result in a detox reaction.
When switching to an organic skincare line, there is a 3 – 5 % possibility that you may experience a detox reaction and a conversion period. The reaction can stem from a drop in xenoestrogens, parabens and fragrance ingredients, like phthalates which are strong estrogenic compounds. When the skin is suddenly deprived of this external supply of estrogen, it can take some time to normalise.
Many conventional brands use estrogenic ingredients such as phthalates, ethoxylates and parabens. These estrogenic ingredients have a negative effect on your body so should be avoided. If you have been using skincare products with these estrogenic ingredients and then when you suddenly stop using them, the skin often goes through a withdrawal period and you experience breakouts. Usually such breakouts aren’t longer than 2 weeks, but the greater the chemical load was in your skin the longer the breakout will last. What we recommend is to stop using all products until your skin clears. It is normal to experience a skin flush during the first 4 weeks if the symptoms are not compounding.
How to Make a Seamless Switch to Organic Skincare?
We all want to see results quickly and often we like to jump in at the deep end, which is not recommended. We should always start with the Sensitive range of an organic skincare line. Do not convert all products at once but one by one. Choose those products, such as daily cleanser and toner that you use frequently to start the switch. This will allow for a gentler switch. For example, in the case of Esse Skincare, after being on the Esse Sensitive range for a while you can start introducing Esse Core and Esse Plus line products. This will improve your chances of having a seamless switch to organic skincare products.
We do not believe in damaging skin in pursuit of short-term results. We believe in promoting healthy, glowing skin with organic skincare that optimises skin health to slow ageing in the long-term. Esse Skincare is certified organic, vegan, cruelty free, microbiome-friendly, supports fair trade and is a carbon neutral company. Esse uses prebiotics to selectively feed good microbes and includes LIVE probiotic microbes in two of the serums to make functional changes to the skin’s microbiome. Ready to try it out?