You've probably heard a lot about organic food lately, but organic skincare products? You may be thinking, "Why in the world would I worry if my skincare products were organic or not?" This makes sense. After all, this stuff usually goes on your body, not in it like food does. It's hard for many people to see how that could be harmful.

Your skin absorbs what you put on it. It really does. Maybe not all of it, but enough to be concerned. This is one reason why organic skincare products matter.

Most cosmetic and skincare products contain toxic chemicals. Want some examples? Here's a good one. If you happen to have any L'Oreal Pure Zone Pore Unclogging Scrub Cleanser, you should know that it contains various toxic ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, organ toxicity, endocrine disruption, and irritation of the eyes, skin, and lungs among other things. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Your nail polish, moisturizer, sun screen and everything in between likely has hidden toxins that you don't even know about. Do you really want to put these chemicals on your face? I wouldn't.

These chemicals don't necessarily make the products work better. In many cases, they have been added simply because it's a cheaper alternative to using "real" ingredients. Natural organic skincare products are made using a combination of things found in nature, like herbs, flowers, natural fragrances and oils. You can use organic skincare products without fear of harming your body.

Just because you've used regular skincare products all your life and had no problems doesn't mean you didn't or that you won't. Many people use this argument when someone suggests they begin using organic skincare products. The fact is, no one knows if conventional products have done them any harm or not. When people develop some kind of disease or health problem, they often just blame it on "bad luck" or germs. Of course this could be the case, but it could also be from the chemicals in products you were using. There's really no way to know for sure, so saying that chemicals in skin and cosmetic products haven't, or won't, harm you is an assumption. In all fairness, it's also an assumption to say that they for sure will, but do you really want to chance it? If you know something has caused cancer and other types of horrible diseases when tested on lab rats, do you really want to put that substance on your face or body? Probably not.

You have options. Luckily for you, there are many, many brands that sell natural organic skincare products. This is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people become aware of the dangers in products they are currently using. Some organic brands that sell makeup and skincare are Dr. Hauschka, Badger, Pangea Organics, Erbaviva, and Dr. Bronner's, just to name a few.

If organic skincare products are too expensive for you, you STILL have options! There are some other brands worth noting that are not certified organic, but still make an effort to keep harmful toxins out of their products. They are also a cheaper alternative to the certified organic brands. You might look into Burt's Bees, Aveda, Kiss My Face, Jason, Avalan, Alba, and Zia. The prices these companies ask are not much different, and in some cases cheaper, than the chemical filled products you may already be using. Why not switch?

The bottom line is that you need to be aware of what you are putting on your skin. Be nice to it. Put natural organic skincare products on it. Before you buy something, do a little research. Try to find out what it contains. Did you know that most lipstick contains mercury? Yes, I said mercury, that really, really toxic stuff. And obviously, we ingest a little of our lipstick. There's no way around it.

Please, keep these things in mind the next time you shop for skincare. You may be pleasantly surprised at how well the natural stuff performs for you if you just give it a chance!