Organic Skin Care 101
Organic skin care is something of a mystery. We all know that things that are organic are supposed to be good for us. However, most of us do not really know exactly what the word organic means. Organic skin care, we assume, must be good for our skin because it is natural. While this is true in part, there is far more to organic skin care than simply natural ingredients. Understanding what these ingredients can and should be in order to benefit your skin the most is a crucial step to getting the most out of your organic skin care investment.
The label “organic” means that the product in question has 95 percent organic ingredients. Things that contain carbon are considered organic. This means that any product that contains 95 percent carbon-based ingredients can legally be labeled as an organic product. In the case of cosmetics and skin care products, this means that if a product contains petroleum or petroleum-based ingredients, it can still be labeled organic. This is particularly important since methylparaben, which is petroleum-based and is present in many skin care products, is a suspected carcinogen. Obviously, when you think of “organic skin care” you do not think of crude oil derivatives that might give you breast cancer. As a result, you need to be very careful to reconcile your interpretation of organic skin care with the legal definition before you buy.
In order to get organic skin care that meets your requirements, take some time to think about what you want. Most people want natural, unaltered ingredients whenever possible. (You have to understand that there will be some preservatives and processing compounds that need to be in there for health reasons.) Most people also want “green” products when they think organic. They want to know that they have invested in a product that did not harm the environment.
The best way to be sure that you are getting the type of product you want is to simply read the label. Look for ingredients that have been derived from something else. For example, “Cocamide-DEA derived from coconut oil.” This can be claimed to be “natural” or “organic” because it is a compound that comes from a natural substance. However, the only way to get it is to process it using a known carcinogen. Generally, derived ingredients are not actually organic in the way that most of us like to think of organic.
Also, look for water content and compare it to the label’s claim about how organic the product is. For example, if a product’s main ingredient is water (and most times it is) and a product is labeled 75 percent organic, then most of that organic volume can be attributed to water. This is why generally organic skin care products should be entirely organic, or not considered organic at all.
You will love the results you get from using truly organic skin care products . Your skin is a natural organ and will benefit from natural elements. However, in order to get true value from organic skin care, you need to understand how to spot the “good stuff” and how to spot a wolf in organic clothing.