Why We Believe In Natural, Organic Skin Care
Why Buy Natural & Organic Skin Care?
- You will look 10 years younger
- Your wrinkles will disappear
- Your skin will look like that of a supermodel
- Your skin will become youthful and firm
- You will never have skin problems again
At this point, you are probably asking, “Are you serious?”
The answer is a resounding NO, of course not!!
Sadly, this is what many commercial skincare companies are selling—the secret to perfect skin and eternal youth. No skincare product, whether natural, organic, or conventional can “cure” aging.
Aging is a fact of life, not a condition that needs to be (or can be) cured by skincare products.
So, why use organic skincare? My answer—Why Not!
We believe in natural and organic ingredients because we manufacture and sell products that cater to the largest organ in the human body—the Skin.
Our SKIN, remarkably thin and amazingly complex, is our body’s largest organ.
An adult's skin typically covers 22 square feet and weighs 8-10 pounds.
Our skin shelters us from the hazards of our environment and yet allows us to experience pain and pleasure.
It works to renew itself every second of every day as we shed some 40 pounds of dead skin cells in the course of our lifetime.
One square inch of skin is reported to contain approximately 65 hairs, 100 sebaceous glands, 78 yards of nerves, 19 yards of blood vessels, 9,500,000 cells, 1,300 nerve endings, and 650 sweat glands.
Our skin is designed to protect the body and act as a barrier to, among other things, toxins. And does a pretty good job.
But our skin is also a bit like a sponge and can absorb chemicals. But how much can it absorb?
You often see comments like, "we can absorb up to 75 percent of what we put on our skin." Is that really true? The answer is, No! But it is a great selling point for businesses that manufacture skin care with only safe, natural ingredients.
There are two very important and distinct words we need to understand when discussing skin and chemicals: Penetration and Absorption.
Penetration is when a chemical makes its way past the stratum corneum (the outer layer of skin) into the deeper layers of the skin and then stops.
Absorption is when a chemical actually gets all the way to the bottom layer of the skin and makes it into the bloodstream. Transdermal patches which deliver "medicine" via the skin, like a nicotine or contraceptive patch, work this way. These patches are created with molecules that are small enough to be absorbed. Why can't all medicines be delivered using transdermal patches? Because their molecules are too large.
While these two terms are often used interchangeably that is just not correct.
When choosing skincare products both concepts are important. While many chemicals can penetrate into the deepest levels of the skin, many are too large to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream or their absorption rates are very slow.
So does that mean we don't have to worry about the chemicals in most skincare products?
There is still not enough research on the skin absorption rates of many chemicals. The problem is that chemicals come in different sizes and have different absorption rates over time. To complicate that even further, we, as human beings are not all the same. Your precise chemical makeup is not exactly the same as everyone else which presents a real challenge for accurate research on absorption rates of chemicals and their components on "every" body.
Since our skin cannot discriminate between synthetic and natural, or between harmful and beneficial, we just don't know enough about how it may absorb harmful chemicals present in commercial skincare products.
So the question is . . . What Do You Want to put on Your Skin?
Discouraged by the harsh commercial soaps available, we began creating our own handmade soaps and skincare products with all-natural ingredients.
Our bodies are constantly exposed to synthetic chemicals in the air, water, and food--why add to the problem by applying synthetic products to your skin and hair.
The long-term effects of years of daily use of synthetic chemicals on the body are still unknown. The enormous number of these ingredients make it virtually impossible study them in any meaningful way to determine cumulative effects over time. But perhaps that is the whole point. We will likely never know.
Most of the ingredients that are used to make Chagrin Valley products can be found in your garden and kitchen pantry. These nourishing, natural, and organic ingredients are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals.
It's all about the ingredients. Skincare products are only as good as the ingredients used to make them!
There are only a few basic natural and organic ingredients used in Chagrin Valley skin and hair care products:
- organic base oils and butters
- organic essential oils
- organic botanicals
- natural additives (like clays and salt)
That's it! What else do you need?
Chagrin Valley Soap offers Natural and Organic Handmade Skin and Hair Care Products that are...
- free of detergents
- free of synthetic fragrances
- free of synthetic colors
- free of artificial preservatives
- free of artificial foam boosters
- free of alcohol
- free of petroleum products
- free of synthetic additives
- free of GMOs
- mild and nourishing
- safe and effective
- certified Organic by the USDA
- certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny
Natural and Organic Products Are Eco-Friendly!
Organic ingredients rely on organic farming. Organic farming methods are better for the environment. It improves the quality of our environment by protecting our land and groundwater from contamination and by promoting the use of sustainable resources and the conservation of soil and water.
Also, many of the synthetic chemicals found in commercial skin care products do not naturally break down. Instead, as they wash down our drains, they accumulate in our ecosystems. These chemicals infiltrate our lakes, streams, rivers, and public water systems.
When We Say Natural We Mean Natural!
Look at the ingredients for a product you are now using. Although it may have the words “all natural" or "organic" on the label, is it really an all-natural product?
Synthetic ingredients can cause skin irritation and pollute our environment. Some are possible carcinogens or endocrine disrupters. Synthetic additives provide no benefit.
Read the ingredient list on Chagrin Valley products and feel confident that you are receiving a wholesome, safe, natural, and effective skincare product.
For more information please read our blog, "Why Did We Become a Certified Organic Company."