Natural Organic Skin Care- What’s the difference and what you should use

natural calmFor most of us, the use of cosmetics and personal skin care or hygiene products is an everyday matter and one we may or may not think much about. We use soaps, lotions, creams and shampoos oftentimes unaware of the mixture of chemicals that they may contain. The extraordinary range of functions that are performed by healthy skin is still being studied. The basic day-to-day functions include, but by all means are not limited to:

  • Working as a barrier – protecting against water loss as well as physical and chemical injury, and bugs
  • Helping us fight off bugs, allergens, toxins, and carcinogens via the parts of our immune system that exists in our skin

Your skin is the largest organ in the body and has the remarkable ability to absorb applied products into the bloodstream. There are so many potential irritants in conventional cosmetics that can cause damage to not only your skin but internal organs as well. Surveys show that an average consumer uses as many as 25 different cosmetic and personal care products, containing more than 200 different chemicals. Up to 60% of what we put onto our skin may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Ewww!!

The key to skin care is consistency and routine, and it can take time to appreciate the changes. A basic regime of daily protection from excessive UV radiation, protection from excessive irritation and by avoiding drying soaps, excess water or irritating chemicals and aiding the skin’s barrier properties by using a moisturizing protective layer will result in noticeable improvement in almost all skin.
It’s worth looking after your skin, as you’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life. I am going to share some products I have used and or tested over time on my journey to finding what works for me. Please note: what works for one person may not work for another. You must find what works for you, and I am here to help you do that.

Natural versus Organic Skin Care

Natural

Despite extensive use of the word “natural” on personal care products, the Food and Drug Administration has never legally defined the term and has no regulations as to its use. What you expect in a natural product may not always match the manufacturers’ use of the term.

Because of increasing consumer demand, the market for natural personal care products is growing. A common assumption is that natural products or ingredients are safer than synthetic ones. This is not always the case. According to the 2017 Green Beauty Barometer survey, 74 percent of women with children, and 60 percent of women without kids claim that green or natural beauty products were important to them.  natural you

Sometimes natural ingredients are safer and better than synthetic alternatives. But there are many naturally occurring substances that are not safe, and some of them are used as ingredients in personal care products. Consumers would not buy products if they saw poison oak as one of the ingredients in a skincare product, but there is no denying that poison oak is natural. Other natural ingredients, such as clays, may be contaminated with toxic heavy metals, and some essential oils are potent sensitizing allergens.

In other cases, products that claim to be natural may actually be far from that – by any definition. A 2008 study by the Organic Consumers Association found an undisclosed carcinogenic petrochemical ingredient in more than 40 percent of products tested that claimed to be natural. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission filed complaints against four companies that marketed their personal care products as “all natural” or “100% natural” when the products contained a number of synthetic ingredients.

Organic

Organic rules for personal care products are not as straightforward as those for produce. Though the FDA regulates personal care products, the agency does not, however, regulate the term “organic” for personal care products. Organic claims on cosmetics are regulated by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the term only applies only to the agricultural ingredients used in personal care products.

Personal care products that are certified to be at least 95 percent organic will have an official USDA Organic seal. The agency allows two categories of certification to display the USDA Organic seal:

  • “100 percent organic,” which indicates that a product only contains organically produced ingredients.
  • “Organic,” which signifies that at least 95 percent of a product’s ingredients are organically produced and the remaining 5 percent of ingredients are on an approved list of substances.

Along with the ingredient specifications, products bearing the USDA Organic seal must comply with handling and manufacturing specifications, and the use of genetically modified is prohibited.

Another organic certification that can be found on personal care products is the “NSF contains organic ingredients” seal. This certification is issued by third-party certifiers such as Oregon Tilth and QAI, an organic certification company that is part of NSF International. Products can bear the seal if they meet the NSF/ANSI 305 standard: They must contain at least 70 percent organic content, no genetically modified ingredients, and no petrochemicals, and they must follow ingredient labeling and manufacturing requirements.

Products that claim to be organic but do not carry an official seal may not meet USDA organic standards. If organic is important to you, don’t rely on the claims ­– always look for a USDA Organic seal.

Why you should buy Organic Skin Care products

1. Eco-Friendly- Conventional beauty products utilize petroleum-based ingredients and usually rely on a host of chemicals for their production process. These compounds are typically harsh substances, like petroleum, aluminum, and lead, all of which require extensive mining. Much of this is done in some of the world’s most beautiful and sensitive areas, like the Amazon rainforest, and miles of land are destroyed and stripped of vital wildlife every year.

2. No Harsh Chemicals- Although they may be effective for improving appearance, albeit temporarily, the chemicals in conventional makeup are often very harsh on skin and may promote irritation or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Organic beauty ingredients are produced without the use of as many artificial fertilizers, pesticides, or other synthetic chemicals as conventional beauty ingredients. By using organic skincare, we want to make sure that the ingredients we use in our cosmetics have not been treated with the same number of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

3. Natural Fragrance- Many people shop with their nose when it comes to personal care products, similar to the way most people “eat with their eyes” before actually placing any of the food into their mouths. These two human senses will usually help determine a product’s worthiness in the minds of consumers. Scents in the majority of beauty products consist of a mixture of chemicals, and these chemicals can be inhaled throughout the day by people who wear such beauty products.

Man-made aromas expose the body to a number of toxic effects, and some research has linked them to cancer, nervous system disorders, allergies, and birth defects. Not only do humans inhale these chemicals into their lungs, they also expose their skin to toxic compounds. When choosing beauty products, always make sure that the scents are derived from 100% natural ingredients. Essential oils are perhaps one of the best natural perfumes in the world and the most concentrated in terms of aroma. nutrient rich skincare

4. Nutrient-Rich- Your skin has the ability to absorb certain compounds; however, a protective barrier is able to keep dangerous compounds, to some degree, out of the body. Even then, research still concludes that personal care products, when applied topically, can damage bodily systems and lead to untold health consequences. One of the key rules for makeup, and any beauty product is basic and straightforward: if you can’t eat it, don’t wear it.

Organic makeup, especially liquid foundation, may have cocoa butter or various nutrient-rich oils to provide a smoother, more youthful look. Extracts of white tea, grapes, apricots, and pomegranate seeds provide antioxidant protection and may inhibit collagenase and elastase, two enzymes that break down the integrity and elasticity of the skin. Aside from allergies, you can’t go wrong when choosing a makeup that contains added nutritive components and herbal extracts.

5. Protection from Premature Aging- Makeup made with natural minerals generally provides a certain level of sun protection. The skin on the face is thinner and more susceptible to UV-related skin aging, so choosing a mineral-rich, organic cosmetic product may help support healthy, youthful-looking skin. Many organic products also provide antioxidants like vitamin C, which has been demonstrated to provide sun-shielding benefits. Choosing the right makeup is especially important during the summer months when the sun is at its strongest. While our skin provides a protective barrier to keep out dangerous compounds, some chemicals can sneak past and be absorbed into our bloodstream. In fact, 60% of what’s applied to the skin can be directly absorbed. And studies have found that our immune systems, moods, nervous systems, and reproductive systems can be affected by commercial body care and beauty products.

Ingredients to Avoid in your Skin Care

It can be difficult to buy products with all natural ingredients. The term natural is completely unregulated, and can, therefore, mean that only one ingredient in a product is really natural. It’s important to make sure these ingredients are not in a product labeled natural:   toxic skincare

  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • BHA
  • Petrochemicals
  • DEA, MEA, and TEA
  • Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol
  • Triclosan
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Talc

Until the FDA begins to more carefully regulate the ingredients that go into beauty products, it’s up to us, the consumer to make the best choices with the information available. The fewer chemicals, the better health, appearance, and peace of mind we will all be able to live a wholenatural lifestyle.

Options for Natural Organic Skin Care

In the pursuit of living more simply, naturally, and conscious of our environment here are a few of my favorite organic beauty brands. Many makeup brands marketed as ‘natural’ or ‘green’ are often not actually either of those things—but these organic makeup brands use pure, earth-friendly ingredients and never test their cosmetics on animals.

They have been arranged, these organic makeup brands, to span a range of prices and types of products. The list will be updated regularly, I may also add other brands as I try them or get responses from you the readers as to your likes and dislikes. So please share with me your favorite organic beauty brands!

1. 100% Pure

Natural & Organic | Yes Best For | Fruit-pigmented mascara
Eco-Friendly | Recycled packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in USA
Price Range | $7 (face masks) – $65 (aging serums)

2. Alima Pure

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Powder foundation for all skin tones
Eco-Friendly | Soy-based inks on recycled paper packaging, carbon-neutral, reusable compacts
Ethical | Cruelty-free, Certified B Corp
Price Range | $14 (eyeshadow) – $270 (brush set)

3. RMS Beauty

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Concealer
Eco-Friendly | Recycled glass and lid
Ethical | GMO, soy, and nano-free, cruelty-free
Price Range | $15 (nail polish) – $36 (cover up)

4. Juice Beauty

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Moisturizers and anti-wrinkle treatments and serums
Eco-Friendly | USDA Organic, local sourcing, uses solar and wind power, recycled packaging
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, gives back
Price Range | $22 (eye pencil) – $45 (cream foundation)

5. W3LL PEOPLE

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Vegan minimalist makeup
Eco-Friendly | Uses natural ingredients, sustainable practices
Ethical | Cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, made in the USA
Price Range | $12 (mini creme bronzer) – $29 (foundation stick)

6. Real Purity

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Sample kits to choose the right color
Eco-Friendly | All natural
Ethical | Cruelty-free
Price Range | $15 (mascara) – $31 (cream foundation)

7. Kjaer Weis

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | All-natural luxury makeup
Eco-Friendly | Certified natural & organic ingredients, sustainable & refillable packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in Italy
Price Range | $30 (lip and eye pencils) – $68 (cream foundation)

8. ILIA Beauty

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Tinted lip conditioner & lipsticks
Eco-Friendly | Recycled aluminum packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, Certified Bioactive Organic Ingredients
Price Range | $24 (lip tint) – $42 (foundation)

9. Vapour

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Multi-use products
Eco-Friendly | Recycled packaging, wind-powered factory
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in the USA
Price Range | $20 (highlighter) – $125 (serum)

10. Afterglow

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Blush
Eco-Friendly | Eco-friendly refills, recycled packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, soy-free, gluten-free, fair trade, some products vegan
Price Range | $18 (Lip Soother) – $36 (foundation)

11. Hush + Dotti

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Luminizers
Eco-Friendly | Recyclable packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, vegan, made in the USA
Price Range | $21 (lip gloss) – $48 (foundation)

12. Jane Iredale

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | BB creams & powders
Eco-Friendly | Recycled packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, some products vegan
Price Range | $15 (eye pencil) – $55 (foundation)

Natural Organic Skin Care- Healthier Options  orange bath

Ultimately, it is up to shoppers to gauge the credibility of marketing claims. The best way to know what’s in your products is by reading the list of ingredients. For most people, that can be an unnerving task given the complicated chemical names found in many ingredient panels, this was a struggle for me when I first started on my journey of wholenatural me. If I couldn’t pronounce it, I didn’t buy it.

The only long-term solution to properly verify labeling claims is for the FDA to establish labeling definitions and standards for personal care products. Until then, think twice about the words you read on the personal care products.
Having an Organic skin care routine and using natural cosmetic products can help you to avoid feeding your skin harmful chemicals.

It’s obvious to me that true beauty comes from glowing health, with cosmetics simply being an adjunct. When it comes to your makeup, always choose organic. This way, you can be sure you are doing yourself, and the planet, a good deed. To promote a beautiful, radiant glow, it’s important that you consume a diet rich in raw vegetation and to get plenty of physical activity every day. Also, by getting enough sleep, managing stress, and practicing positive thinking, you can transform your personal attitude to that of serenity. Beauty comes from within, and it starts with you!

 

Namaste,

Chris

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