You already know that organic skin care products are the gold standard for skin care. Because your skin is porous, you strive to use only organic products that not only are natural themselves, but that are derived and harvested from organic sources.
Unfortunately, not all products that claim to be organic are 100% organic. Sometimes a product can have one or two organic ingredients but the rest may be synthetic derivatives or harsh chemicals that you would never want to touch to your skin. Here are some tips to help you know if your organic skin care product is really 100% organic.
If the ingredient list on your soap product contains only a type of oil and water, this is the closest you can get to organic. Next, you need to look up the oil type. Common soap oils are avocado, coconut and babassu, or cusi oil. These are all available in organic varieties.
Fragranced soap can still be organic. You might find ingredients such as oil, water and lavender or rose water, cucumber or even banana or strawberry. Be careful though, when you encounter strawberry as a skin care ingredient, because strawberry crops are one of the most heavily sprayed with pesticides.
People of all ages need moisturizers at different stages of their lives. But finding an effective moisturizer that treats your individual needs and is also 100% organic can be tricky.
It’s possible to find moisturizers that are 100% glycerin, which has been shown to be an effective moisturizing ingredient; however glycerin is on PETA’s list of byproducts made from animal fats. So the question remains, does the glycerin used in your moisturizer come from an animal that was raised on organic feed? It does if the package says it’s organic. The FDA regulates the use of the word organic pretty closely. If your moisturizer is made of 100% glycerin and the label says it’s organic, you can be sure the entire product is safe to use as part of your dedicated organic lifestyle.
Other common ingredients in moisturizers include essential oils for fragrance, sunflower oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil. Each of these is available in organic varieties, but if it doesn’t specify on the label that the specific ingredients are organic, you should assume that they’re not.
There are plenty of effective natural remedies for acne besides chemical like benzoyl peroxide. So much so that you shouldn’t have to compromise on your quest for 100% organic skin care. Look for ingredients like oatmeal, tea tree oil, lemon balm, milk and salt. Again, make sure each ingredient carries the word organic beside it.
You can’t go by price point alone when it comes to choosing the best products for your skin. It’s best to be vigilant about reading every label. Generally, the shorter the ingredient list, the higher the chances that your organic products are 100% organic. The longer the list, the more likely it is that the product contains synthesized fragrances, dyes, cohesive formulation and other unnecessary additives. If you’re really in doubt, you can contact the manufacturer to request more specific details on the ingredients they use.