Sometimes you think that by choosing a product that says it's "natural" or "all natural," that you are picking a great product for your skin. Know that the the terms "natural" or "all natural" are not regulated by the FDA, so manufacturers can use these titles pretty much at will.
Just because a product says it's natural, it may still contain many chemical additives and/or synthetic ingredients. The problem with this is that it may then contain toxins or other harsh ingredients that will do more harm to your skin than good. These types of products can cause irritation - from mild to severe - or coat the skin, which will block pores and may lead to break-outs, acne or other skin problems. Sort of defeats the purpose, right?
Organic is defined as being made with and containing compounds found only in animal, plant and carbon sources. It may be processed with salt and water, but in the end, no additives such as paraffin, paraben, lauryl sulfates or fragrances may be there. To take it a step further, there are vegan products, which eliminate anything and everything to do with animals, as well.
When selecting an organic product, there are 3 varieties to pick from:
Is only made of organically-produced ingredients and processed organically with no synthetic additives.
These products receive a seal which certifies that they contain at least 95% organically-produced ingredients.
Made with Organic Ingredients
A label indicating that it is made with organic ingredients is used to describe products that are comprised of at least 70% organically-produced ingredients. These product labels also have to list at least 3 organic ingredients contained in the product. These types of products are not legally allowed to display a USDA seal.
These reason for organic product popularity these days is the fact that there is more attention and focus on "green" products and the environment in general. Also, since organic products are not using some of the more harsh chemicals, the products do not tend to irritate the skin as easily, especially sensitive skin. For those who do not like a lot of chemical additives in the products they use, organic is the way to go.
Not only that, but you will tend to find good-for-your-skin, fruit and plant-based antioxidants, in addition to a healthy dose of skin-loving vitamins in organic products. All natural products may contain these things, too, but organic products elminate the toxins that natural products may still contain.
When you are choosing an organic or mostly organic product, or any skincare product for that matter, get into the habit of reading the ingredients on the label. Organic products also tend to use recycled containers to further "green" efforts, and usually point out that the product is "cruelty free" which means the product is not tested on animals.
The goal is to make sure you are getting something that will be gentle yet effective on your skin. When looking for good organic skincare products, be sure to check the ingredients so that you can pick a gentle yet effective product that will take care of your skin, as well as taking care of those lines and wrinkles!