Before you make the switch to organic products, read this
Switching to organic skincare in Singapore is easier and less expensive today than 15 years ago. Prices have plummeted or made at least comparable to non-organic products. Many of these brands are also certified natural, packaged with environmentally-friendly materials, and formulated without substances such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which is a proven irritant for human skin.
For these reasons, many are making the switch to green, organic skincare either to be more environmentally conscious or to avoid potential allergic reactions in conventional skincare. If you plan to the switch to organic, here’s a guide on what to look out for before you buy:
- Choose a brand which hails from countries with an established organic food and/or cosmetics industry such as Germany, Italy and Australia.
- Research on the associations that certify organic products in the products’ country of origin. For example, if the organic products are from Italy, they should be certified organic by bodies such as the Italian Association for Organic Farming (AIAB – Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica) and the Environmental Ethic Certification Institute (ICEA, or Instituto Certificazione Etica e Ambientale)
- Check if the brand and its products have been awarded international recognised certifications such as ISO 9000. ISO 9000 is an international quality management systems standard designed to help organisations ensure they meet the needs of customers and stakeholders while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product and service.
- Finally, do not commit to using a product until you have a done a patch test on your skin. Apply the product onto your skin somewhere inconspicuous such as behind your ear. If there is no reaction after 10 minutes, proceed to use as advised.
Here are our top recommendations for organic skincare products that fit the above-mentioned criteria, from head to toe:
The BEMA Strengthening and Revitalising Shampoo – This shampoo is specifically designed to combat hair loss by strengthening hair from root to tip. The nourishing and revitalising properties of antioxidant-rich acai improve strength and vitality of the hair shaft. Natural proteins, in synergy with macadamia oil, organic olive old and marine glycogen, rejuvenate hair fibres and moisturise the scalp whilst nourishing the hair.
The BEMA Relife Organic Shower Gel – Enriched with natural fragrances, such as peony and pink pepper, as well as delicate, biodegradable vegetable surfactants to gently cleanse and hydrate the skin to keep it fresh, soft and supple.
The BEMA BioPharma Cleaning Sanitizing Hand Soap – Although frequent handwashing may prevent the spread of Covid-19, this may strip the skin of its natural oils resulting in dry, cracked skin. The hand soap is formulated with rosemary leaf, citronella and tea tree oil, plus lactic acid, to effectively cleanse and exfoliate the skin, while protecting it against painful drying or chapping.
The BEMA Nature Up Anti-Pollution and Antioxidant Organic Face Cream – This face cream deeply nourishes the skin and prevents premature ageing. Featuring antioxidative and hydrating ingredients such as mullein flower, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, this product combats fine lines, wrinkles and moisture loss for brighter, younger, more radiant-looking skin.
The BEMA Bio Deo Organic & Natural Women’s Deodorant Roll On – Made with aloe extract and organic distilled lavender, this long-lasting deodorant is free of alcohol, allergans and aggressive agents. Formulated specifically for sensitive skin and after shaving, it neutalises body odour without disrupting the skin’s PH, while reducing the risk of allergic reactions.
The BEMA Nice Hands Bio Cream – Packed with deeply nourishing ingredients such as Karite butter, avocado and sweet almond oil, this hand cream is rich enough to repair dry yet easily absorbed into the skin. Its soft, lingering scent relaxes skin after each application.
BEMA Organic products are made with 100% natural plant extracts and are free from any synthetic or chemical ingredients. They are also certified ICEA – which guarantees its ecological sustainability – are extracted without solvents, and are dermatologically tested to ensure they’re safe for even the most sensitive skin types.
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