The organic food and body care product movement is heating up. Every time you go into a food store or other shop these days, you are likely to be barraged by many products claiming to be natural or organic. Many people are interested in using these products because of fears about the level of chemical toxicity building up in our systems today and the realization that it is probably safer to use more natural products. This looks especially important when it comes to both food and body care products because these are absorbed by the body and any harmful chemicals will definitely get into your system. So, if you are among the millions wanting safer alternatives, how do you decipher the packaging on your favorite skin care products to know if they are organic or not?
What makes this issue so confusing is that any skin care product that is made from a natural ingredient can claim to be natural or organic. However, even though the original source of the product may have been natural, many alterations and additions can occur before the product is placed on the shelf. Therefore, your natural product may not be any more natural than any other conventional product- even though the price might be a lot higher.
The word derived is very common when it comes to skin care products, especially when referring to a natural source. For instance, you may find the phrase "derived from all natural sources", but this does not mean that no other products have been added. One of the ingredients may be from the natural source, but the rest may be conventional ingredients. Therefore, it is very important to determine if the label guarantees that the product is actually organic. You should also check the ingredient label of your skin care product to see if any ingredients look man-made. Overall, most natural ingredients are easily recognizable and easily pronounceable, although this is not always true. After all, vitamin A is also called tocopheral and vitamin c is absorbic acid.
Of course, whether you are looking for organic or conventional products, you need to have some idea of what concerns you are trying to address. Relieving acne requires different products than replenishing moisture, and using the wrong product can cause more harm than good. You should be able to find good organic products to help with most of the common skin care concerns, such as aging skin, dry skin, and acne. Many of these products will contain ingredients such as Vitamin A or Vitamin E, which are especially helpful in fighting wrinkles.
Perhaps the best advise for anyone really interested in finding organic skin care products for their specific needs is to start asking questions at natural product stores, reading about herbs and other natural ingredients and how they can help specific conditions, and checking labels on all products very carefully. Spending just a little time finding out more about what you use on your skin can have big rewards in the end.
Source by Greta Van Lander