Description: You may be wondering why there are people who use regular moisturizing face creams and those who prefer ORGANIC moisturizing face creams. Read on to find out the advantages and benefits of using organic facial care products in this article.
Some women are wary that organic moisturizers may not deliver on their promises to be as good for the skin as their conventional or generic counterparts. Actually, organic face products and creams are just as good as, if not simply better than, commercially-prepared formulations. Additionally, organic products are safer to use and have very few or no adverse side effects on the user.
Do You Want to Put Chemicals On Your Face?
To emphasize how organic moisturizing face creams and other skin care products are so much better than the generic variety, you have to be aware of what the latter contains. If you are unfamiliar with the ingredients that go into every jar, tube, or bottle of moisturizing face creams, go through the ones listed below which have all been proven to be potential health hazards.
Most cosmetic companies manufacture skin care products using synthetic ingredients that contain chemicals to make them bacteria-resistant and prolong their shelf life. These companies aren’t going to disclose the potential health dangers of their products any time soon obviously and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot act on any product until it has been proven to have harmed a significant number of users.
These Ingredients Should NOT Be in Your Face Creams or Moisturizers
Our skin can absorb anything by as much as 60%, meaning, we are likely to develop medical conditions such as allergies, reproductive disorders, cancer, and infertility, among others, when we use skin care products loaded with chemicals over a prolonged period of time. Take a look at some of these highly toxic compounds and substances that may be in the products that you are currently using:
- Paraffin/Mineral Oil/Petrolatum: These substances coat skin like a piece of plastic, clog pores, and build up toxins which disrupt regular hormonal activity.
- Parabens: Used as preservatives by many cosmetics companies in over 13,000 products including skin care products, they mimic estrogen and interfere with endocrine function.
- Sodium Laurel/Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): These are found in more than 90% of skin care products sold in the market including face creams, penetrating the skin barrier to allow entry of other potentially harmful chemicals.
- Propylene Glycol: This very common substance is found in most facial moisturizers and is a carrier for scented oils that can cause skin irritation and dermatitis.
- Acrylamide: Currently in many face creams and moisturizers as an ingredient, this chemical can cause impaired fertility and heritable genetic damage.
What to Look For in Face Creams and Moisturizers
Face creams and moisturizers typically don’t have fragrances but there are some who do. Many of these fragrances are synthetic substances that mask the toxins which could cause skin reactions as well as allergies. Unscented products are often masked with other chemicals instead of fragrances to “kill off” any unpleasant smell they may have. Another thing to scrutinize is the list of active and inactive ingredients.
Active ingredients are usually the first five listed on the label. They may indeed be “chemical-less” but the inactive ones may not be. Inactive ingredients facilitate the process of turning in the final product and may contain small amounts of chemicals to “put everything together.” These “small” amounts, however, can accumulate in your system when you use the products they are contained in over a long period of time.
Look for a product that is labeled “non-comedogenic.” This means that the product is oil-free and won’t clog your skin’s pores to eventually build up toxins. Non-comedogenics help prevent excessive oil production but will not strip off the moisture already in your skin. Non-comedogenics will not dry out your skin while they work to keep off grease and shine from your face.
Natural vs. Organic: What’s the Difference?
Organic products are generally hypoallergenic because the ingredients in their formulations are sourced from natural botanicals, herbs, compounds, plants, and substances. While the FDA is not very stringent about manufacturers to provide verified support for claims of the hypoallergenic status of their ingredients, you can always look for the “100% organic” seal from another Federal agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA is very strict when it comes to the issuance of a certificate for products that want to be declared organic. “Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean organic because some products that list natural ingredients also formulate their face creams and moisturizers with some chemicals. The USDA organic seal assures you that everything inside the product is organic.