Is Organic Skin Care Actually Better?
Is Organic Skincare Actually Better?
Eating healthy and organic has unlimited health benefits such as better gut health, more energy in your day and better organ function. But what about organic skincare, is it really better for you? After all, the skin is the largest organ in the body. The answer is a resounding YES...as long as you are using the right ingredients.
Food is clearly labeled and quite reliable when the term “organic” is used. But beauty products can be less easy to understand. To make informed choices, I did my research and found some pretty surprising stuff. In this article I will take a look at the difference between organic and natural products as well as the different terms used when describing organic skincare - “100% organic,” “organic,” and “made with organic ingredients.”
Why are many skin care lines moving more towards organic?
The beauty industry often reflects the views of the health conscious people that buy their products. As the consumer moves more towards local, organic and small sourced food, it is only natural that the cosmetic companies would recognize this shift and want to make sure that they are providing these sort of options for their customers. Example of this shift: Lillian Sophia Skin Care.
Is there a difference between organic and natural products?
According to the law, there is no difference between “organic” and “natural” when it comes to cosmetics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate these terms which means there isn't a consensus for labeling cosmetic and skincare products. Many cosmetic companies that use more pure and clean products have been pushing for a consensus in the cosmetic industry itself, but there still is no hard-line definition that every company must follow.
So, organic/natural sources are better for me, right?
As long as you are using ingredients that work for your skin type (dry, oily, acne-prone etc.) then you are much better off using organic and natural ingredient products as part of your skin care regimen. Some natural ingredients can be skin irritants, too, and are not recommended. For example, some of the natural ingredients that I shy away from are menthol, peppermint and pennyroyal that can irritate the skin. Happy-skin replacements for those would be calendula, sea buckthorn and tamanu because they anti-age and brighten without the irritation.
If a product is labeled organic or natural, does that mean it is?
If a product has the USDA Organic seal, the following must be true:
"100% Organic" - 100% of the ingredients must be organically produced. You are good to go, no doubt about it.
"Organic" - At least 95% organically produced ingredients. Products also cannot be made using petrochemicals, ionizing radiation, or synthetic preservatives, for example. You are covered here, too.
"Made With Organic Ingredients" - At least 70% organic ingredients and does not have the official USDA Organic seal. Starting to swim in to murky waters here.
So what does this all mean? Organic certification can tell you where it comes from but does not guarantee that it will be the right fit for you and your skin. That’s what your local esthetician, skin care professionals and dermatologists are here for (feel free to email me with concerns, questions about your skin and I can help you to create a healthy, organic skin care regimen!).
How can I know if my skincare products are safe/organic?
For the average shopper it's hard to know what is best just by looking at the ingredients. Here’s how you can take control: use the Think Dirty App. It’s free, easy to use and comprehensive. And when you are ready to roll with an organic, small batch skin care line check out this fun new small batch organic skincare company out of Vermont: Lillian Sophia.
And in the end... have fun and do a little homework before selecting a new skincare product. I have been an esthetician and skin care obsessed for the last 12+ years so please feel free to comment below with any questions and I would be more than happy to help!