A little while ago, I received a very interesting query from a reader. I can’t remember who it is now, and I apologise, but I promised I’d explain it all in a blog post, which is this one right here 😀
Basically, the reader had noted that I was using quite a lot of natural and/or organic brands of skincare products in recent times in my skincare routine, and she was wondering if it was a conscious choice on my part. Was I veering towards using more natural and/or organic skincare, away from my love and use of chemical based products?
I thought it was a very interesting question because I hadn’t quite consciously noticed it on my part, but when I took a look at my skincare routine, the question made sense.
But I’m also curious about what you think. With natural and/or organic skincare products being more easily available these days (and from fairly established brands, not only indie brands) do you find yourself using more natural and/or organic skincare products? Is it something you consciously choose to use?
For my part, I’d say that my use of natural and/or organic skincare is quite unconscious on my part.
You see, I’m what I call a “dabbler”. I have no training in skincare or the beauty industry and I’m a consumer just like all of you right here. But I am curious and I like trying new things and because I blog, I’m very fortunate to have access to a wider selection of products than most.
Back in the day, when organic skincare was quite new in the local market, I gave some brands a try out of curiousity. I was a little sceptical and my scepticism was borne out when I reacted quite badly to the products. They made my skin very oily, did nothing much for my skin and gave me contact dermatitis on my hands. It was such an awful experience, I swore off organic skincare forever, and I was quite vocal about denouncing it.
I’d only trust the big skincare brands, I had a healthy suspicion of anything that touted itself as natural or organic, and I stayed far far away from anything remotely natural especially if it came from a small or indie brand. I wasn’t going to go through all that stress again! Contact dematitis is an AWFUL experience to go through.
But that was in 2009. Some time in 2013-2014, I started being reintroduced to natural and/or organic skincare brands again. I maintained my scepticism and fear and I said no to trying many brands. It wasn’t until I first agreed to try Antipodes from New Zealand, and found my skin responding to the products and actually enjoying using it, that I started changing my mindset and became more receptive to trying other brands and products.
It was also at about this time that I started enjoying the use of facial oils and realised that very few mainstream brands carried facial oils (all that is changing now as facial oils become more mainstream) so, with facial oils deriving their benefits from natural ingredients, I naturally (hur hur!) turned my attention to natural skincare brands.
But if you are wondering if I’m using more natural and/or organic skincare brands because I’m concerned about what is in the ingredient list of regular department store brands, my answer is no I’m not.
I dislike fear-mongering, which is what I feel a lot of natural/organic brands or websites try to do. We have to remember that not everything natural is safe. In fact, essential oils may provoke a more detrimental result on some people than a chemical based product. Just because it says it’s natural or organic, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. That’s two totally different things and I could go on and on about this. Suffice to say, don’t get me started on ranting at people who rant at me for not being “green” Bleh… 😛
I use products for their efficiency. If I use a product and it does what it promises, and I like it, I’ll continue using it and I’ll tell you how much I like it. If I use a product and I don’t like it, I’ll similarly tell you about it. Whether it is natural or not never affects my decision to like a product. If it does seem like I’m using more and more natural and/or organic skincare products in my routine, chalk it up to their efficiency in addressing my skincare concerns 🙂
But I know that very often, if I want results, I still need my chemical based products. I need my Alpha H Liquid Gold, I need my exfoliating toner, I need my anti-aging serums and retinols and for these, chemical based products deliver the best results. For facial oils, I’m happier going with something more natural simply because of where the oils are derived.
I suppose I don’t discriminate against natural and/or organic skincare anymore because I’ve realised that there are some very good brands out there that my skin takes to and likes. Antipodes, Pai, and REN come to mind for a more all rounded range of skincare that my skin likes in general. I haven’t used enough of Neal’s Yard Remedies to form an opinion of the brand. I also haven’t used many other natural and/or organic skincare brands, but I’m more willing to try them now than I was back in 2009.
And that is me and what I think. Now it’s over to you.
Do you find yourself incorporating more natural and/or organic skincare into your skincare routine? Is it a conscious decision?
I do notice however that good natural and/or organic skincare brands do tend to be a little more pricey. In a way, I suppose it’s only to be expected due to the ingredients used and because a lot of the time, the companies aren’t large corporate monsters who are able to spread the costs. I think for many, this might be our biggest stumbling block – the prices. But feel free to tell me if a natural/organic skincare lifestyle is what you’re seeking more these days, or if you’re happy to just use something chemical based? Talk away! 😀