Do you ever inspect the ingredients label on your favorite makeup or skin care products? Perhaps you’ve even done some research on the ingredients… How safe are they? It’s a great idea to do research on your favorite beauty products, in fact you might be surprised with what you find.
As devoted consumers to the world of beauty, we are loyal to our beloved brands, some of us even swear by them. We believe in everything these products promise to offer… So we apply them faithfully in hopes of achieving our ideal skin care goals. However, when we apply such products to our skin, the ingredients penetrate further than just the skin’s surface. The ingredients get absorbed via the skin and are circulated into the bloodstream. It seems rather disturbing that conventional industry cosmetics are considered “acceptable” for human use, yet are contradictory made up of harsh chemicals and petroleum derivatives, which can be potentially harmful to humans.
The difference between organic and regular cosmetics is that organic cosmetics are created using plant-sourced ingredients such as minerals, vitamins, aloe vera, green tea extract, essential oils, superfruit extracts, and shea butter to name a few. Organic offers the advantage of being free from preservatives, dyes, fillers, and sometimes even gluten. On the contrary, regular cosmetics contain ingredients that include petroleum derivatives, synthetic chemicals, synthetic fragrances, irritants, carcinogens, pesticides, triclosan, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
A cosmetic/skin care brand that labels their product as “natural” can mislead a consumer to think the product is something that it’s not. For instance, a makeup product can be labeled as “natural” when its ingredients stem from nature, even though the ingredients are created synthetically in a laboratory. So in a way, natural still is quite unnatural. Accordingly, organic cosmetics only can be labeled as “organic” when there are no synthetic ingredients or genetically modified organisms present. Similar to food labeling, cosmetic labeling must be labeled as organic to truly be organic!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cosmetic labeling, and labels are required to inform the consumer of the ingredients along with related warnings of a product. Furthermore, organic skin care/cosmetics must be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) to get the organic seal, which means the product’s components are 95% or higher organic. So when it says “organic” you know it is actually that. Be wary and pay attention to what labels actually say and what these labels truly mean. It is important because toxic ingredients can lead to harmful and even cancer-causing effects over time.
Other types of labeling exist that can mislead a consumer into thinking they are purchasing a safer product. This includes the label of “vegan” or “cruelty-free” skin care products. The label of “vegan” skin care or cosmetics simply means that the product is not composed of animal products and “cruelty-free” means that no animals were subjected to testing with the product. Although these labels have additional benefits over regular cosmetics, vegan and cruelty-free labeling does not ascertain that the products are organic, and these can still be made up completely of synthetic chemicals!
Organic products are better for the environment! The production of organic products only consists of physical transformations, not chemical transformations, meaning the environment is taken into consideration by the companies that are manufacturing them.
In the age of being green and healthy eating, many of us are mindful of the types of food we put into our bodies and many health-conscious people choose organic foods. Let’s make the switch to organic skin care and cosmetics so we are just as mindful of not only what we are putting into, but also what we are putting on our bodies.