We hear not only a lot about organic food but also about organic skin care products. So what’s in them and what makes them different?
What Makes a Skin Care Product Organic?
As with food, the terms “organic” and “natural” are not interchangeable. A product can be both “natural” and “organic”; however if a product only has “natural” on the label, it can mean that it was only made with some natural ingredients. The USDA guidelines require that organic skin care products be made of at least 95% organic ingredients from plants sources. These ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic or petroleum-based fertilizers or GMO. They are also farmed using methods that recycle sources and promote biodiversity.
As a side note, The FDA pays little if any attention to what goes into skincare products. Regulations are few and, for those that are in place, there are loopholes that companies can use to get around them. In other words, companies can basically use whatever ingredients they want in their products. This includes dangerous chemicals, known irritants, and unnecessary fillers. Also, many major brands, recognizing the increasing popularity of organic, are putting a “natural” or “organic” label on their products without changing the formula. To be sure the product is organic, look for the USDA certified organic label.
What Makes Organic Skincare Better?
Most skincare products are designed to do a simple job such as give you smoother skin, make wrinkles less visible, and diminish sun spots and blemishes, and they may deliver in the short-term. However, in the long run, using them can also result in cutting oxygen exchange to the skin, premature aging, increased risk of sun spots and skin drying up from sulfate ingredients. In other words, the very things we were trying to avoid (and then some) catch up with us.
Studies are showing a connection between illness and chemical ingredients such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, propyl, methyl, ethyl and petroleum by products such as propylene glycol. Synthetics are not necessary in skincare, are often fast acting and invasive and can be harmful. Exposure can result in skin irritation, chronic headaches, cancers, breathing disabilities, hormone disruption, etc.
Organic skincare products, on the other hand, contain natural antioxidant agents found in plants. Antioxidants are very effective in the skin healing process and body repair. The human body is often exposed to harsh environmental effects, resulting in cell damage. Organic products are known to repair cell damage in the body and even slow down the rate of injuries.
My Organic Zone features skin care products, including their mineral-rich Dead Sea Mud Mask and Arabica Coffee Scrub.
Ora’s Amazing Herbal also has quality organic face and body products, as well as baby items, beard oil and tattoo aftercare salve.
N101 Nutrition carries a wide variety of organic skin care brands.
It’s easy to forget that our skin is a living organ- a sponge that researchers have found absorbs more than 50% of what is applied to it. The absorbed substance then goes into the bloodstream and ultimately is circulated into the entire body system. So when considering which skin care products to use, we have either non organic products which have chemical ingredients known to be potentially damaging, or the natural ingredients of organic products, like the ones listed above, which not only are beneficial to skin in the long-term, but are harmless if absorbed into the bloodstream.
This is what piqued my interest not only in organic products but in the variety of organic brands there are. Healthy skin is worth it!