The skin is the body's largest organ. Although it isn't an impermeable shield, it certainly plays a vital role in keeping nutrients inside the bloodstream. When it comes to skincare, it is very important to consider what you're putting on your skin. Our skin is like a sponge and absorbs everything, good and bad, and it's the bad that we want to keep out. However, figuring out the difference between safer and natural skincare products can be a little puzzling, which is why certain signs can help you differentiate.
Tips to consider before buying organic skincare products:
1. Natural and Organic
Labels can be very deceiving, and you can't trust everything written on it. A label having some natural products written on it doesn't necessarily make it organic and non-toxic. Make sure you read the labels carefully and be wary of the chemicals used in the product. Avoid ingredients like parabens (synthetic preservatives), PEG's and other harmful ingredients with links to skin cancer and skin diseases. Even products that contain "plant-based" labels, might contain these harmful substances that can accelerate skin aging and mess with the skin's natural moisture.
2. A sign that says cruelty-free
Many companies still test products on animals, which is extremely unethical. Check the label for a logo of a leaping bunny or the words "cruelty-free." These are the products we should be supporting and buying.
The fragrance is just another term companies use to hide the chemicals they use in the product. It gives them a loophole, to not mention all the ingredients used in the product. Fragrances are associated with allergies, skin problems, respiratory problems and even harmful effects on the reproductive system. While looking for a skincare product, make sure you check for natural and essential oils in the ingredients.
Many companies have created some of the best products without the use of toxic chemicals. Make sure the product you choose, suits your skin type. Ifit gives you rashes and reacts to your skin, stop using it and look for an alternative instead.
The asterisk (*), after the list of ingredients on the labels on your product, will often tell you whether it is organic, fair-trade, or naturally crafted. If you do see these words or other similar words, it's natural and organic.
6. Brand Values
While you're making the switch to natural and organic, curiosity is normal. If you want to be sure of the kind of products you are using, visit the company's website. Reading about the brand, it's core values and philosophy, sources of their ingredients and the entire process of making the product can give you some confidence when it comes to buying the product.
What is included in the skincare, is as important as what should be excluded. You might not find mineral oils or organic ingredients in all products, but you must look out for Organic certification signs. Avoid using products with parabens, phthalates and triclosan as they can build up over time and cause health problems in the future. Avoid exposure to harmful ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphates and/ or propylene glycol since they can cause various degrees of skin irritation, causing collagen to break down and increase the skin's susceptibility to free radical damage.
Making the switch to natural products can be mind-boggling, and can leave you tired with the number of options available. However, a little research could really help you figure out what kind of products and ingredients suit your body and skin. It can be tough to look for the best skincare products, but this is why these tips can really help you to make an informed decision and take better care of your skin.