September is Australian Organic Awareness Month and I am a very proud to be an official Ambassador. At The Beauty Chef we strive to create products that are not only organic and kind to your body, but they’re kind to the environment, too. We also believe plant-based organic skincare is super 'active' and the best option for rejuvenating the complexion. This is because we (humans) have a great synergy with plants; we share many similar compounds in our biological make-up; which is why as we age and levels of natural moisturising factors(NMF's) decline, plants replenish supplies our NMF's effectively. One example is palmatoleic acid found in both macadamia nut oil and sea buckthorn berry oil (starring in our Dream Repair Serum). This super moisturising acid is also found naturally in our skin, but as we age, levels found in our skin drastically declines. So, using these oils to replenish supplies of this acid is the best way to keep your skin soft and supple, especially as we age. When we’re young, our skin is designed by nature to be clear, soft and smooth without too much external help, but as we get older, our skin (of its own accord unfortunately!) begins to work less efficiently. Add stress - both environmental and internal - to the mix and you’re guaranteed to see the effects of ageing via wrinkles, loss of elasticity, sagging and a decrease in volume. It’s important to look after your skin properly, which is where organic skincare comes in: gentle, healthful ingredients topically applied helps to nourish and boost your skin’s own ability to regulate and rejuvenate. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and needs to be fed pure ingredients to stay healthy – so applying lotions that are neither natural nor organic is tantamount to absorbing small amounts of toxicity! Plus more and more studies show that nurturing your skin's natural flora with gentle ingredients, not only helps your skin, but also keeps your immune system healthy. But that’s only half the story – no matter how magical the organic products are that you buy, you won't see a huge difference unless you address your internal health, too. As we say at The Beauty Chef, beauty begins in the belly, so it's super important to nourish your body with healthy food and maintain good gut health to achieve radiant, glowing skin. Eating organic food is the best prescription for health and glowing skin alongside using organic skincare products, so it’s important to have a two-pronged attack, not only so your skin radiates with health, but so your body does, too. And if you’re getting the right amount of quality sleep and keeping hydrated with pure, filtered water, then you’re on your way to hitting the health and beauty jackpot. Here are my top 5 reasons for living organic for health, beauty and the planet.
1. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. This is a great rule of thumb and makes finding the right beauty products easy. You could literally eat our Beauty Fix Balm and Dream Repair Serum (although our powders are tastier!), as both are natural and organic and designed to help nourish and repair your skin. Use with a gentle organic cleanser and moisturier for best results.
2. Organic fermented foods are your secret weapon. Good gut health is your shortcut to great skin and good health in general. You can increase good gut flora by eating fermented foods like Kim Chi, kefir, acidophilous yoghurt, kombucha, sauerkraut and natto. Can’t easily get your hands on any of these? A teaspoon a day of fermented GLOW will give you a healthy dose of natural prebiotics and probiotics to help get you on your way to a happy gut and radiant skin.
3. Drinking pure water makes sense. If you are passionate about eating healthily and putting clean, organic products on your skin, then you probably don't want to be drinking unfiltered water that’s full of chemicals! Our bodies are more than 60% water, so it makes sense to drink the purest water you can find. The Beauty Chef Innerbeauty Water Purifier, for example, filters out all the nasties found in tap water. Filtering water is the equivalent of going organic – combine the two for great results.
4. Going organic is good for the planet. The ingredients that make up organic skincare (and the ingredients in our powders, too) are grown without toxic pesticides and fertilisers. On a very basic cellular level, this means our ingredients are extremely pure and as nature intended. It also means better farming practices, sustainable cultivation and less damage to the soil and the environment plus it also means less damage to your skin.
5. Eat, drink and consume consciously. If you are interested, read up on why going organic is good for the planet, think about where your food and beauty products come from and consider making the switch from chemical living to organic living, safe in the knowledge that you’ve helped not only yourself but our planet, too. For more information on how to go organic, visit austorganic.com.