Organic has gone mainstream! Everyone these days prefers organic products thinking they’re sparing themselves harmful chemicals. This is especially true in beauty products. While the FDA maintains that chemicals are safe and in small doses many are; these chemicals add up. The average woman uses 10 to 16 cosmetic products daily creating a chemical cocktail in our bodies. The hidden danger is that no one is testing how these chemicals react together. To err on the safe side, more women are choosing organic products. Problem is how can you tell if a product is really 100% organic, what does that really mean, and how is that relevant to your skincare routine?
The word organic is a labeling term. It means that the product was produced adhering to very specific and approved methods. It also means that it met the criteria of a third party source. Simply put, for a product to be truly organic it must go through a specific creation process that leaves out certain “chemically based” ingredients. This complex process is what leads to a product you can trust to be free of chemicals.
Where things get confusing is when we look at the FDA and the USDA. The FDA doesn’t have a formal definition or criteria of what constitutes “organic.” When a cosmetic product claims it’s organic and is labeled as such, it means that it complies with both the USDA and the FDA. However, the USDA standard is clear about organic food, not necessarily beauty products. So in the US there’s no real standard specifically for cosmetics and beauty products. The argument becomes, if it can’t be measured, does it really work and is it all hype.
So why pay extra for organic skincare? Simply put, there are 2 reasons. The good organic skincare products work better, and they are better for you. The challenge is that the smaller companies creating organic products lack the advertising dollars that the non-organic cosmetics giants have. Thanks to the internet, people are able to search on their own for organic brands. Once they find organic products that are top quality and deliver significant results they become loyal.
The key is really in the accreditation. Consumers need to look for “certified organic” labeling. That ensures that it product meets standards set by a neutral third party resource. The key as with any beauty regime is to understand your skin and how it reacts to what you currently use. The fewer chemicals used, the better. An organic cleanser, moisturizer and treatment serum along with body lotion could be enough to see a fast improvement to skin texture and tone.