Description:The use of organic facial products has been gaining popularity because, as it turns out, wonderful results from using these products is achieved safely and without any adverse side effects.
On the average, you will slather, lather, rub, and spray five or more different facial products on your skin daily, from soap or cleanser to moisturizer to night cream. But because the skin is more of a sponge than a barrier when it comes to absorption, you could be exposing yourself to around 130 chemicals from these products alone. Think about how much chemicals you will have in your body, including your face, if you use these products for five years!
Some of these chemicals have been confirmed as hazardous to our health like phthalates that are used in skin care products, including those for the face, which have been linked to feminization of male infants, sperm damage, birth defects, and infertility. Nearly 90% of some 10,500 ingredients of skin care products have not been reviewed for safety by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Cosmetic Ingredient Review.
While there are over 1,100 ingredients for personal products that have already been banned by the European Union (EU), the U.S. has only ten on its list. Being aware of safe and potentially harmful ingredients is the first step towards making an informed purchase decision.
Develop a Keen Eye for Reading Labels
Simplify your facial care regimen. A cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen are all you really need to maintain clear and healthy skin. Develop a keen eye when reading product labels. Look up ingredients in the database of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website for ratings with specific hazard scores based on a one to ten toxicity scale.
Follow the “No Fragrance” Rule
You may not be aware of it but companies are not required to disclose a product’s fragrance composition under Federal law. Artificial fragrances contain phthalates, as mentioned previously, that could be in skin care products and trigger allergies. When organic products have fragrance, it is from natural scents like fruits (lemon, strawberry, apple), herbs (mint, clove, cinnamon) or other plants (vanilla, lavender, magnolia).
Check the Packaging
Skin care products in glass are the best ones to use. Not only is glass recyclable, it poses no danger of leaking chemicals or toxins into products contained inside it. Refrain from buying facial products that are in containers which have the letter “V” or recycling code #3. The former translates to polyvinyl chloride or PVC, also known as “poison plastic,” which is both a health and environmental hazard.
The lifecycle of PVC – from its manufacture to its use and to its disposal – results in the release of toxic, chlorine-based chemicals that build up in water, air, and the food chain. Packaging of facial and other skin care products in containers made with PVC can result in cancer, damage to the immune system, and disruption of hormonal function. Additionally, PVC contains additives that may react with a product’s ingredients.
Don’t Be Fooled By Terminologies
Ingredients grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are typically used in the formulation or organic products, including those for the face. Occasionally, though, some facial products will claim to be organic just because they have been created without chemicals but with bizarre elements such as cow placenta. This is when you should seriously look for the USDA 100% Organic Seal on the products.
Don’t be fooled by terminologies of ingredients posing as “renewable” or “environmentally friendly.” Petrochemicals, for instance, have been shown to make the list of ingredients for some facial products including face creams. Simply put, petrochemicals can work wonders for your car but definitely not for your face. Some of these petrochemicals will appear on labels as petrolatum, paraffin, and mineral oil so be careful!
So what’s the big deal with organic products? Everything, it seems. After reading all that information, using nothing but organic products should be the only way to go. It is not about being in on a trend or a fad; it is about looking after your health. Because it is always a big deal when you choose to use organic facial products that make you feel and look good naturally and safely.