Is organic skincare good for sensitive skin?
Just like most people, I always love to buy organic when it comes to food, but what about skincare? I often get asked about organic skincare. By definition, organic foods are usually not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or synthetic food additives. Organic skincare is similar which means the products are made with plant-derived ingredients along with some other naturally occurring ingredients. These ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. But that doesn't necessarily mean that these products are designed for sensitive skin. A great example is grass. For most people, grass causes itching. Organic grass is still grass, so if you bought a cleanser with organic grass, and you have sensitive skin, you would still be just as itchy. I checked out the FDA's website and they specifically addressed this exact concern and said, "Many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic."
So, what does that mean for people with sensitive skin? It means if you have eczema or sensitive skin, look for body cleansers and moisturizers specifically designed for sensitive skin. If you don't have sensitive skin, organic products may work great for you, but don't assume that just because they are organic they will be less irritating than another similar product.