Demystifying Organic Skincare
Today, quality, chemical-free organic products, deliver far superior skin care benefits to their chemical counterparts. Many of the chemicals found in beauty products are also found in harsh cleaners and detergents created for cars and kitchens. Your skin should be delicately treated and cared for with gentle ingredients, not with industrial-strength chemicals used to strip and clean. After all, why should we have to compromise our health just to look good?
In fact, using chemical-based products over a long period of time can actually damage your skin and cause the appearance of fine lines, as well as ageing and a loss of firmness. Although your complexion may initially appear smoother, dewier and brighter after applying chemical products, these effects are fleeting. In reality, chemical products can only permeate the first few layers of the skin. Despite their claims otherwise, these products do not deliver the nourishment and hydration your skin needs. Organic products, on the other hand, work deeper into the skin, permeating more layers to really deliver the nourishment, hydration and care your skin is craving.
Today, organic chemistry has reached new heights. Instead of filling beauty and skincare products with chemicals, organic chemists seek to create products with the highest efficacy and quality through natural ingredients. Through constant research and development, luxury organic products far surpass the efficacy and results any chemical brand is able to deliver.
The organic ingredients used in organic beauty products are much higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals than their synthetic equivalents, as the soil these ingredients are grown in is pure and healthy. In organic beauty products, you’ll find start-to-finish purity of the highest standard. You can be sure there are no nasty surprises and no hidden chemicals in any one of our products. As we say at Beyorg, each product in our range is good enough to eat.
WHAT IS ORGANIC, REALLY?
“Organic” in the context of skincare means “produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals.” Organic also means “derived from living matter” – beginning with the selection of seeds and arable land, and then testing the soil rigorously in order to ensure any crops grown on this land are free from chemicals.
“Organic farming” refers to a farming model that focuses on ecological recycling systems to reduce pollution and sustainable development. Since no artificial pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers are permitted, only natural weeding and biological methods will be used to control the pests, so no chemical substances or pollution that will affect the health of the human body or the environment will be released, and there will be no pesticide residues in the plants.
It’s a complex, lengthy process. Before any seeds can be planted, the land must go through a fallow period of five to eight years. During the fallow period, natural and environmental purification is carried out to ensure the soil contains no residual chemical components.
Next, the seeds – which will later form the ingredients in the products we offer – must be taken from the organic matrix, and cultivated on the land after the fallow period ends. At no point in the process can pesticides, chemical ingredients or chemical fertilisers be used: not when planting, harvesting, storing or transporting, and not in the final production process of the raw materials.
Organically farmed ingredients are as a result completely without genetically modified organisms (GMO), herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and artificial substances. Compared with ordinary crops, organic crops contain two to three times more mineral and nutrient content, so the mineral and nutrition levels in organic skincare products are naturally higher than ordinary skincare products. Organic skincare products are therefore absolutely natural and pure, safe and reliable.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATURAL AND ORGANIC?
When a product says it’s “natural,” this means that the product is derived from nature and is not artificially produced – but this designation is also something that’s not regulated. Chemical fertilisers and pesticides can still be used in agricultural technology, and they can cause damage to and contamination of natural plants. The resulting manufactured skincare products can therefore still contain harmful substances.
Organic products on the other hand, have to pass through a much more rigorous certification process, ensuring that, from start to finish, there’s not a trace of any chemical. From the soil the ingredients are planted in to the packaging the products are placed in, each product must retain the highest level of purity and perfection. It’s no surprise, then, that organic products are considered purer and of a higher calibre than natural products, and that they would deliver better results – naturally.
Animal testing also plays a key role in the divide between natural and organic. Animal testing is forbidden in all organic products, but for natural products, it depends on country-by-country regulations. The welfare of animals is just as important to us as the ingredients we put in our products and the ingredients in the products we stock.
WHAT IS ORGANIC CERTIFICATION?
The general standard – an EU initiative – defines “organic” products as those that:
• Promote the use of ingredients harvested from organic agriculture
• Use natural resources responsibly
• Use processing and manufacturing practices that are clean, and that are conscious of human health and the health of the planet
• Integrate and develop the concept of green chemistry – also known as sustainable chemistry, this hones in on products and processes designed to reduce or even eliminate the use of or production of nasty chemicals and hazardous materials
Organic certification is denoted by labels you’ll find on skincare and beauty products; these show that the product in question has been through rigorous testing by a designated body. Different organisations around the world have their own process of certification and labelling. At this stage, there’s no single uniform international standard anywhere in the world. Many European countries have developed their own organic labels and tendering rules, and are certified by accredited, neutral institutions.
The largest globally recognised, independent, third-party organic verification organisations are based in Germany, France and Australia. These organisations provide the cosmetics and beauty industry with some of the most stringent guarantees. In order to achieve certification in each of these countries, products and brands must undergo a review of the entire manufacturing process, including sourcing of ingredients, formulation procedures and premises, as well as packaging. Look out for these labels when you’re buying authentic organic products – whether that’s food, drinks or beauty and skincare products.