The natural and organic movement has seen a huge resurgence in recent times. From our food, household items, clothing and everything in between, consumers are finding additional ways to lead more holistic and green lifestyles. As such, the organic beauty product industry has also experienced an exponential growth as the demand increases.
There is virtually little governance from the Food and Drug Administration over the ingredients allowed in the manufacturing of products utilized on our skin, hair, nails or even the water we drink. It is really in the hands of the consumer to do their due diligence and research what they are truly putting on themselves on a regular basis.
With the lack of regulation, it should come as no surprise to find that numerous toxic ingredients are used in our everyday beauty products. Unless you are a chemist, these long, scientific and complicated names are easily overlooked by the Average Joe. Harmful compounds such as Mercury, Alcohol, Isopropyl, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate and Dioxane are easily absorbed by the skin where your body does not have a manner in which to rid itself of them. The toxins will remain in your intestine and eventually find their way through the body which can lead to organ damage.
As a general rule of thumb, a product’s list of ingredients will have a descending order in accordance to the amount that the product contains. For example, if you have a product that is 80% aloe and 90% water, the water would be listed first, as that is the primary compound in that formula.
Many organic beauty products contain essential ingredients such as Preservatives, Emulsifiers, and Surfactants which can be either synthetic or natural-based. If you can choose, the natural way is of course always best as the synthetic items have the same harmful effects as their chemical counterparts. Natural preservatives include ingredients such as vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract and honey. It can be challenging to decipher what products to steer clear of and which are actually good for your skin, but if you keep in mind that organic is best, you can’t really go wrong. Thankfully, we live in the 21st century where a quick internet lookup can easily help us determine the good versus bad as fast as wifi will allow us!