A natural beauty is what many women strive to achieve. However, changing from chemical skincare to a natural product isn’t as easy as switching a light bulb. Moreover, some natural ingredients can take longer to be effective on the skin, thus, many of those who have made the switch get discouraged and given up.
Let’s take a look at the claims of natural products and see if they are truly magical as advertised.
Organic vs. Chemical Beauty Products
Many skincare products with chemicals are synthetically made so that they can easily be absorbed through the skin. These products may contain harmful chemicals, leading to a risk of these chemicals entering the bloodstream. These chemicals can also block the skin and inhibit the skin from breathing properly, causing allergy reactions and headaches.
Organic skincare products, meanwhile, have no chemical and pesticide, meaning they are healthier for the body and less damaging to the environment. Many of the natural ingredients are just as effective in treating skin problems if used correctly.
What Does the Organic Label Mean?
According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), there are 4 levels of organic products:
- 100% organic
- Organic– containing at least 95% organically produced ingredients
- Made with organic ingredients– containing at least 70% organic ingredients
- Less than 70% organic ingredients – any productscontaining less than 70% organic ingredients are not considered organic skin care products
Is Natural Always Better?
There is no official statement whether natural skincare products are better than chemical ones. Instead of looking at the packaging, you should look at the scientific proof behind the product’s ingredient.
Natural ingredients are neither good or bad. Marijuana, tobacco are natural, but they are not good for the skin. However, it is true that some chemicals, such as Parabens, Sulfates, and even the flame retardant propylene glycol, or heavy metals such as mercury, are harmful to human.
With that said, it is hard to deny some benefits of natural products. Using natural products will reduce the levels of toxins providing your skin with less harmful ingredients. Many organic ingredients are powerful antioxidants that support anti-aging effects, while some others are beneficial for hyperpigmentation and inflammation.
The bottom line on organic makeup
No matter what it says on the label, the most important thing is to look at the clinically proven evidence behind the product, not the fancy words used by marketing companies.
You can look for organic seals like the USDA seal, ECOCERT, BDIH, Biologique (an EU certification), and BIO [a German certification for organic products] sea. Another thing to look at are terms such as ‘free of parabens’ or ‘free of synthetic fragrance and dyes.’ Though having these terms doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is 100% free of chemicals, it is a good start towards more natural skin care.
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