What is ‘Organic’ Skin Care?

by Jemma Rivera

Today our society is more health conscious than it has ever been. We are watching what we eat and trying to exercise more. However, do we think about the products that we use everyday on our bodies? Are the ingredients that are in our cosmetics more than an after thought? It would appear that consumers are becoming more aware of skin care and how it pertains to their health.

What is certified organic, why do people want it and why is it a better choice than the chemical based products we have now? We address these questions in this article, giving you the information you need to make a decision about the right skin care for you.

The word organic may bring to mind many images, a green gooey concoction made in your blender or maybe a bubbly cauldron with a pinch of toad. Fear not, there are plenty of commercial products out there that will fit the bill. The first thing you need to know is what organic is.

In the United States, you must follow some strict rules in order to use the words organic on your product. The guidelines state that to be certified organic the ingredients must be grown in soil that has been pesticide free for three years or more. In addition they must not use sewer sludge, human feces or any other chemically enhanced fertilizers. The manufacturer must keep detailed records of their sales and production rates. As well as subject the product and their facilities to random intense inspections.

Now to the way the products are actually labeled. Of course, those products that are 100% organic may say so on the package and may display the USDA organic seal. Products that are 95% may say organic and display the seal as well. 70% may say made with organic ingredients and anything less than that can only use organic in the ingredients list.

Therefore, it is pertinent that what is applied to your skin is safe, natural, and 100% organic. You should apply products to your skin that you would eat, which are safe to eat. That is why it is important to use only 100% certified food grade products. Additionally, organic and natural products have a way of improving the skin, making it glow and providing youthful radiance. Organic food grade products actually feed and nourish the skin instead of chemically altering it.

Organic skin care means that there are no synthetic ingredients, no cancer causing poisons, and no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers used in the production and manufacture of your skin care. This also means that there is no sewer sludge, industrial wastes, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, or other synthetic food additives. Let’s face it, who wants that gunk on their skin?

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