Organic Anti-Aging Skincare Has Arrived
It was only a matter of time before the obsession with organic made its way into the anti-aging skincare world.
Let us clarify one point before we delve any deeper into this topic—there is absolutely nothing wrong with aging. It is a natural, normal process and we abhor the way that many companies capitalize on women’s insecurities about wrinkles in order to push products. That said, well-chosen anti-aging crèmes and concoctions can play a part in keeping your skin healthy and supple, which may increase the odds of ending up with perfectly-applied makeup every day, which we are all about, obviously.
Here to help you navigate this emerging industry niche is Lisa Alexander. She is the founder and CEO of hyper-innovative luxury skincare line, Laface Laboratories. Believe us when we tell you that this woman has a long list of accomplishments to lend her words some weight, including launching and running several luxury good companies throughout her career.
We recently had a very lovely chat with her in which she bestowed a lot of organic skincare knowledge on us. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up a few of the most pertinent points for you to peruse.
You get what you pay for.
This keeps cropping up in our conversations with skincare sages! And it makes sense. Realistically, an affordable option from the drug store might not pack the same punch as a high-quality one from a specialty brand would. There are exceptions to this, of course, but a good rule of thumb is to always take a peek at the ingredient list and to determine how much of what is advertised is actually in a given anti-aging product since that is what you are theoretically paying for.
Start taking care of your skin now.
While your skin may look flawless despite a decided lack of effort on your part now, this unfortunately won’t always be the case. And prevention is a much smarter and less expensive tactic than desperately trying to repair damage long after it has been done.
This means that you might want to add an anti-aging crème into your skincare routine sooner than later. And be sure to couple this with the normal skin-saving do’s (i.e. wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, eat healthfully, etc.).
Small batches are the way to go.
The concept of not wanting to smear harsh ingredients directly on one’s skin is an understandably appealing one. The trouble (for lack of a better word) is that many skincare lines brew huge, huge batches of products at a time because it is much cheaper, as this method cuts down on regulatory fees and per-batch testing times.
But keeping these fresh, particularly when a company is using more “natural” ingredients, is where problems begin to arise. Preservatives and other not-so-great-for-you materials are added in to keep these from spoiling, which kind of defeats the point of going the “organic” route in the first place.
The solution? Try to find organic anti-aging products that are made in small batches and that are certified to be organic by the QAI (Quality Assurance International) and the NPA (Natural Products Association).
There are certain chemicals that you might want to steer clear of more than others.
While this isn’t always 100% possible—or even completely necessary to—avoid the following ingredients, you should consider taking a moment to try to commit these to memory, just to be on the safe side:
· Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
· Propylene Glycol
· Animal-Based Ingredients
Again, this is a far from comprehensive list, but keeping an eye out for the aforementioned potentially-harmful offenders is never a bad move, especially when you combine this practice with the previous four pillars of advice.