Organic Skin Care Products Are A Natural Toxin-Free Alternative
To Conventional Skin Care Products
Organic skin care is becoming very popular these days, and most health food stores have a section devoted to these products. This movement started out several decades ago by farmers, who decided to grow fruits, vegetables, and grains without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. Their use of natural fertilizers and crop rotation enabled them to successfully grow and produce crops for those that wanted a safer and cleaner food supply. The farmers concern was over the effects that these chemicals have on the body, so they decided to find an alternative to conventional farming methods. Several years ago, the pesticide DDT was banned from being used by farmers since it was known to be a carcinogen. Another pesticide that was sprayed on the apple crops was alar, and fortunately it was taken off the market since it too was a carcinogen. Fortunately today, we have the opportunity to buy produce that has not been sprayed with pesticides, and they can be found at your local health food store or at most grocery chains.
The real test to see if a product is organically grown is to see if it is certified by an independent third party certifier.
How do we know if the produce we find in our local grocery or health food store is organic? First, examine the produce for any labels that state its certification of being organic. On packaged lettuce, you will notice the wording "Certified Organically Grown" and it will also list the name of the farming company. Other produce such as broccoli and apples will come sealed in a box and will have a stamped seal on the box certifying that it is organically grown along with the name of the farmer. Thirdly, you should only purchase produce and other food products from a reputable store that will verify whether the products are organically produced. Fourthly, it should be a store that you have a good relationship with the produce manager and have done business with for a good period of time.
As far as skin care formulas are concerned, it is better to choose those that have certified organically grown ingredients.
Using non organic formulas may result in rashes and other possible allergic reactions to our system. Before purchasing any product, it is necessary that we first read the list of ingredients on the label. In many instances the wording can be misleading, and it is important to understanding what certain terms mean. For example, if you see the wording "certified organic" on the bottle of an organic skin care product, this means that 95% of the ingredients in the product are organically produced and the other 5% are not. The other 5% of ingredients are carefully monitored so that no chemicals or toxic substances are added to the formula.
You may also have seen skin care products that are labeled as natural. This term is deceiving, since many people may believe that these are organic skin care products. They may contain herbal extracts and essential oils, but these ingredients most likely are not organic. Also, many of these formulas contain chemicals such as methyl and propylparaben, isopropyl alcohol, and other petroleum based products. The chemicals methyl and propylparaben are synthetic preservatives, and have been claimed to cause skin irritations and allergic reactions. If you desire to use non-allergic or non-irritating skin formulas, consider using organic skincare products.
The only benefit of these synthetic preservatives is that they will increase the shelf life of the products. They also kill bacteria as well. A few companies will use natural preservatives such as tea tree oil, antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, essential oils, and citrus seed extract in their products. I have also seen citrus seed extract in capsule form at my local health food store, and it is used to treat intestinal microbes. When purchasing organic skin care products made with natural preservatives, check to see the expiration date on the packaging, since they don't last as long as those products made with synthetic preservatives.
In conventional skin care formulas, you will notice the addition of synthetic colors and fragrances in the list of ingredients.
Most likely, the only reason to add a synthetic color to a skin care product is to market that product more successfully. Some synthetic colors and fragrances have been shown to be carcinogenic, and it is best to avoid using any products which contain those ingredients. There are alternatives to using synthetic fragrances, and they are the use of essential oils. Some of the natural oils that are added to organic skin care products and perfumes are bergamot, lavender, neroli, jasmine, and sandalwood. Before using any product that contains essential oils, make certain that you don't have any allergies to that particular oil.
It is important to remember that products made with natural preservatives will not last as long as those made with synthetic ones.
There are two options for those who want to avoid skin care formulas containing preservatives. One is to purchase "certified" organic skin care products, and the second is to purchase all the ingredients necessary and make the product from scratch. There are a few companies that sell all the raw ingredients so that you can make your own homemade organic skin care products. For body soap, you can use aloe vera castile soap and combine that with camellia, almond or coconut oil. You can add oil of lavender as a fragrance to this soap and preserve it with citrus or grapefruit seed extract. Ingredients that have been used to create an effective moisturizer are rosa mosqueta rose hip seed oil, aloe vera, green tea extract, jojoba and Vitamin E oils. You can also add oils of jasmine and neroli as a fragrance and grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.
Using the purest chemical free ingredients for your organic skin care needs will certainly improve the condition of your skin. They will also help to prevent any skin problems or allergic reactions from occurring. We should not only be concerned about our food and water supply, but we should also have the opportunity to purchase skin and cosmetic products that are organic, non toxic, and chemical free.