All-Natural vs. Organic:  What is the Difference?

Information on natural organic skin care is very puzzling to say the least. Though, we tend to avoid synthetic and artificial ingredients in the food and drinks we take, we don’t know much about the ingredients used in the beauty and personal care products we often use.

More often than not, we have heard about a particular ingredient found in personal products and skin care products that is possibly dangerous to our health, but unless you are/were good in chemistry, largely most people have no clue on what to look for.

A lot of individuals are turning to natural and organic products including natural and organic skin care products. These two words are often used interchangeably when in truth their actual meanings often confuse many people. Well, organic products are prepared within an organic criteria and may be certified by organization like The Soil Association. Natural products should have extracts from minerals, raw materials, and plants. Moreover, they contain small quantities of synthetic chemicals.

It is strongly advised that you research skin care products and the constituents used by many manufacturers. Regrettably, the labels of numerous merchandises not only gives wrong information about the ingredients used or are minimally present in them but also offer less than honest claims about their efficacy. A lot of manufacturers concentrate less on researching ingredients and providing the best possible natural and organic skin care products but rather put more effort on marketing and packaging just to drive sales. Few of these products can actually affect your skin.

There are very useful ingredients for skin care. Being native to the Japanese sea, Phytessence Wakame is an exotic kind of kelp that usually prevents the enzyme called hyaluronidase that breaks down the hyaluronic acid. This acts as a “glue” keeping collagen and elastin fibers together. When the acid breaks down, so does the elastic and collagen triggering wrinkles, lines, and dark loops under the eyes.

There are a few ingredients that should be shunned. Ethyl parabens, propyl, butyl, and Parabens-methyl, are used as a preservative and to increase the shelf life of the product. Parabens have been linked to cancer and known to negatively affect the endocrine system. Skin irritations and allergies can also be caused by this harmful ingredient.

Alcohols such as AD alcohols, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, and ethanol should also be spurned. Each alcohol has various properties and can truly make your skin look dry. Products with these alcohols can also cause skin irritations.

Fragrances can make you smell good but that is why you use colognes or perfume. Various ingredients in fragrances are known toxins and cancer-causing. They can often cause skin irritations.

Other harmful ingredients include mineral oils also called paraffin, petrolatum or paraffin wax. Mineral oil does not allow the skin to “breathe” since it blocks the skin pores. Mineral oil is quite cheap thus making most manufacturers to use it. In the state of California, dioxane in concentrations of 1, 4 is known to cause cancer.

The dangerous ingredients listed above have no place in natural and organic skin care products. You want a product that not only has the most useful components, but also has good amount of these components.