Organic Beauty: A Refresher

Think “organic” skin care and beauty items are simply a marketing ploy? Think again – there are some clear benefits to choosing organic and natural ingredients when you choose items that you apply to your body’s largest organ – your skin. Organic beauty items are beneficial in two big ways – they include items that are good for your skin, and exclude ingredients that can be harmful.

Since the Food and Drug Administration monitors only the products that are designed to be consumed, skincare is not overseen by a governing body that requires safe ingredients and practices – and that can end up hurting you, the consumer. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family against potentially harmful ingredients is to avoid them entirely by choosing organic products, which don’t include chemical hazards.

Dangerous Beauty: According to statistics from the Cosmetic Ingredient Review group, some of the hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals and compounds found in conventional cosmetics and beauty products include:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Mercury
  • DEA
  • Lead
  • Placental extract
  • Aluminum
  • Formaldehyde

Some ingredients may be of special concern to vegans – placental extract and some forms of progesterone have animal origins.

Organics – A safer alternative:

Organic skin care offers the same benefits as its chemical-laden counterparts, without the risk and exposure. Plant based ingredients that are free of synthetic fragrances and chemicals are betteryou’re your skin, and better for your health, too. Look for products labeled “organic” and start reading labels – even the tiny print. The more words you can’t pronounce, the more chemicals the product likely contains.

Look for beneficial oils and butters – shea butter and mango butter are natural and effective moisturizers for your skin. Fragrances should be listed by name – organic essential oils have recognizable names like Lavender, Tea Tree and Rosemary. “Fragrance” as an ingredient points to a synthetic, chemical creation and is likely something that needs more investigation.