Why use certified organic skin care? The truth is that there are so many synthetic chemicals and potential toxins in our everyday products like shower gels, shampoos, moisturisers, etc., etc. Parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde-donating ingredients, petroleum by-products, animal by-products, and more than I have time to name here and now.
One of the best ways to avoid these chemicals is to go all natural and organic.
“Natural” and “Organic” aren’t always what they seem.
If you want a truly natural product, one that comes from nature and is not cooked up in a lab, you will have to do a little bit more than just pick the “natural” labelled product on your pharmacy’s selves. This is because there is a lot of greenwashing out there (companies marketing themselves as natural when they are really so very far from it). How do we sort out the good from the bad?
There are two simple ways to determine if your product is really natural.
- Read the label. Do you know what the ingredient is? Is it a plant? Or is it a chemical?
- Buy certified organic products. The certification makes all the difference. USDA Certified Organic skin care is great for us North Americans, and there are other certifying bodies out there that will determine if your product is the real deal.
Do you want a full run down on potential toxins in skin care products (even the so-called “natural” ones)? Read this post for an extensive list of chemicals to avoid in cosmetics (hint: you need to eliminate the same chemicals in skin care and shower products).