More and more people are concerned about the ingredients they are putting on their skin and into their bodies. In response, skincare brands have increased their marketing efforts around "natural" and "organic". But BE CAREFUL...
The terms natural and organic lack a clear definition and are not regulated across the industry. Many products claiming to be "natural" or "organic" in fact have many harmful ingredients. (Some even contain less than 1% natural products!)
Today, we hope to help you sift through all the marketing noise so you can find products that are truly good for your body.
What is "Natural Skincare"?
Natural skincare refers to products that are made with ingredients that are derived from natural sources. Most natural ingredients are plant-based, but they can also come from minerals and other natural substances.
It's important to note that "natural" is not a regulated term. Products are often labeled as natural that still contain synthetic or artificial ingredients.
Plus, the wrong "natural" ingredients can be very bad for you. (Just think about poisonous mushrooms...)
High-quality, truly natural products are typically gentler on the skin.
What is "Organic Skincare"?
Organic skincare refers to products made with natural ingredients that are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or other harmful chemicals.
Make sure to look for "certified organic" products. In order to be certified organic, a product must meet strict standards set by third-party governing bodies.
These standards usually require the use of specific production techniques, such as hand-made crafting, small batch production, and low heat processing. These strict standards are in addition to regulations on the ingredients used and how they are grown.
At the end of the day, the standards of certified organic products help ensure high-quality, natural products that are truly clean of toxins and don't lose their integrity and effectiveness during the production process.
These strict standards help provide your skin with the purest, most-effective products on the market, which also tend to be more expensive.
Sifting Through the Noise
If you are looking for high-quality natural skincare, the best shortcut is to look for products that are third-party certified organic.
For products without an organic certification that are claiming to be "natural" and "clean", you'll want to carefully examine the ingredients.
You can also use an app like Yuka that gives food and cosmetics products a health score based on the ingredients.
(Sole Toscana products get amazingly high Yuka scores, beating top brands in the industry at more affordable prices!)
So just remember...natural skincare refers to products that are made with ingredients that are derived from natural sources, but there's no regulation on these terms.
It is important to read the ingredient list and look for products that are made with high-quality, natural and organic ingredients. Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances.
Organic skincare products are made with ingredients grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers and should be certified by third-party organizations such as Natrue.
For older women who are looking for the best skincare options, choosing organic skincare products may be a better choice for the health of both your skin and the environment.
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