Is Organic Skin Care Better?

bigstock-Beautiful-smiling-blond-woman--15958400Walk the beauty counter or do a google search for skin care and you’ll see hundreds of products touting the benefits of “Organic, No harmful chemicals, all natural, etc.”  Sounds great, but is it?

  • First the term Organic does not officially apply to skin care, only to food. So no agency will care or verify that their ingredients truly are organic.
  • Natural also has no legal meaning, so again, just advertising like new and improved, just words with no definition behind them.
  • Natural, non chemical, is best.  Is it?  The implication that anything naturally grown is good and anything processed, or with a chemical sounding name is bad.  Poison ivy, hemlock, rattle snake venom, etc are all natural, but you do not want them on or near you.
  • Preservative methods – many skin care lines are advertising that they are paraben free. This is good, but they still must preserve the product otherwise it will have the shelf life of a jar of mayonnaise and must be refrigerated. So how do they preserve the product?
    • Formaldehyde releasing agents. These will have chemical names but their evilness comes from the fact that when the molecule breaks down it releases formaldehyde.
    • Oils – Many will use various oils like grapefruit oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, etc.  These are no unhealthy at all, but they are drying and irritating. So they do safely preserve the product, but you don’t want to put something on your skin which is drying and/or irritating.
    • Refrigeration – Some lines are truly all natural and un preserved, but they have very short shelf lives and you must keep them refrigerated. so not convenient.
    • Self Preserving – One line has a unique patented process where they use several processes to make it difficult for bacterial to get a hold, one property is they encapsulate some of the ingredients in micro capsules so that are released when you apply it to your skin.
  • All chemicals are not bad, like all things natural aren’t always good. Every substance has its common name and its chemical name. So weather it is listed by its common name or its chemical name doesn’t change it.  Chemicals are only bad if they are bad for you.

So if your looking for an organic skin care line, maybe look deeper and look instead for harmful or irritating ingredients instead.