An Introduction to Organic Skin Care

Many people find organic skin care mysterious. We tend to have a general idea that organic things are good for us. But most of us do not really know the definition of the word organic. We probably assume that organic skin care labels mean a product is good for our skin because it is natural. This is partly true, but there is far more to organic skin care than natural ingredients alone. You need to understand how to interpret ingredients in order to get the most out of any organic skin care investment.

By law, the word organic means that a product contains 95 percent organic ingredients. Something that is organic contains carbon. It follows that a product that contains 95 percent carbon-based ingredients can be considered organic. In terms of skin care products, this means a petroleum and petroleum-based product can easily be labeled organic. You need to understand this so you can look out for ingredients like methylparaben, a suspected carcinogen that is petroleum-based and plays a role in many skin care products. Certainly the term organic skin care does not usually call to mind crude oil derivatives and a threat of 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.

Knowing ahead of time what you are looking for in organic skin care will help you get the products you want. Most people want natural, unaltered ingredients whenever possible. (Of course there may be some basic processing and preservatives in there for health reasons.) Usually, people also think “green” when they think organic. They want to know that they have invested in a product that did not harm the environment.

Ultimately, to get the best product for you, read the label. Look for compounds that have been derived from other things. Take “Cocamide-DEA derived from coconut oil.” You might think that this is organic because it comes from a natural substance. However, the processing includes the use of a known carcinogen. Usually derived ingredients are not organic in the sense that most of us use the word.

You should also factor in water content when you are determining how organic a product is. In many cases, a 75 percent organic product will have nearly 75 percent water. Generally speaking, organic skin care products should be totally organic or not labeled 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 the most out of your organic skin care investment, you need to be able to spot the “good stuff” out of the wolves in organic clothing.

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