How To Choose
The Best Natural Skin Care
Organic, All Natural, Gentle, Mild, Paraben-Free,
No Animal Testing!
These are all things you might see on labels in
the natural skin care section of your favorite store. But, are they
true? How can you tell? How do you choose the best, safest and
healthiest skin care products for yourself and your family?
Natural skin care product selection can be simple
and straightforward! With just a little bit of knowledge, it can be
very easy to choose the safest and healthiest natural skin care
products for your household.
There are more so-called natural skin care
products in the marketplace than ever before. The mainstream skin care
industry has made their entrance into the natural skin care arena.
Natural and organic skin care products come in every price range to fit
But take heed. Choosing the best all natural and
organic skin care brands still takes a little bit of diligence. The
industry is unregulated and there is a lot of misinformation about
what's healthy and what's not.
Here are some things to look out for when you're
shopping for the best natural skin care lines...
Radio, TV and magazine advertisements
The industry spends billions of dollars every year
trying to convince you to buy their products. What they say in their
ads and their marketing is not always truthful. If you learn about an
organic natural skin care product through the media, it doesn't mean
you shouldn't buy it. It just means you need to do your homework and
check them out. Find out the truth about the natural skin care product
line before you buy.
Endorsements by famous people
Celebrities make a lot of money endorsing
products. Companies are willing to spend a lot on celebrity
endorsements because they know it increases sales. So even if you love
the celebrity, you can't just believe them. Remember, they're getting
paid to say all those wonderful things, even about certified organic
skin care products. Again, make sure you check the facts about the
product before you buy.
The product label
This is where the manufacturer tells you what they
want you to think about the product. They spend large amounts of money
on designs to make their product look appealing so you'll want to buy
it. Companies use words like natural and organic to make you think
their product truly is a natural and organic skin care product.
This might surprise you, but the words natural and
organic on a product label do not guarantee that the product is really
natural or organic. Why? For one, natural is not legally defined in the
skin care industry. A skin care product labeled as natural may contain
all natural ingredients, a few natural ingredients or none at all.
Certified organic skin care products.
The term organic has been abused and misused too.
There have been no real organic standards for the skin care industry.
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is the only true organic
standard for skin care products. It is the original program for
certifying food as organic. Because of the lack of an organic standard
for skin care, cosmetics and personal care products, the NOP has been
certifying these products for a number of years now as well.
The new OASIS Standard is really only a
pseudo-organic standard as it allows synthetic ingredients not allowed
by the NOP standards for food. The Ecocert standard is another less
than organic standard and they even certify products as organic that
don't even meet their low standards. If you see a natural skin care
product certified organic by OASIS or Ecocert, don't assume it's a good
choice. It's likely to contain synthetic preservatives, ingredients
that have been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, and petroleum
derived ingredients. Check it out before you buy.
Here's how you can check out all the natural and
organic skin care product brands before you buy...
Read the ingredients list
When you're shopping for natural skin care
products, the first thing you must do is read the ingredients list on
the back of the package. The truth about a product is in the
ingredients list. It's not in the packaging. You won't find it in the
ads. Neither is it in the celebrity endorsements. Everything else on
the label is meaningless if the ingredients aren't healthy. To find the
best, healthiest and safest natural skin care brands, you need to check
the ingredients first.
Reading the ingredients list to determine if the
natural skin care product lines you're interested in are safe and
healthy choices can be quick and easy. You don't have to be a cosmetic
chemist to figure it out. The work has all been done for you. Dying To
Look Good is an easy-to-use reference you can carry with you when you
shop to easily check out the safety of the ingredients.
It's written in plain, understandable language
that classifies ingredients in skin care products according to safety
and lists products that are safe and healthy to use. If you check the
ingredients on all product labels before you buy with the list of
ingredients in Dying To Look Good, you'll be able to confidently choose
products that are truly good for you.
© 2008 Christine H. Farlow, D.C., "The Ingredients
Investigator" and author of DYING TO LOOK GOOD. Dr. Farlow has been
researching ingredient safety since 1991. She gives more information
about ingredient safety at
and healthy skin care products at