It sometimes gets a little bit difficult to find the right skincare and beauty products that work best for your skin given the endless number of options. Some ask for recommendations for friends, while others consult the Internet about which ones are worth checking out.
Consumers who don’t have an extensive background in skin care tend to go with the natural and organic ones. Why? Well, maybe because they seem like the safest and least harmful option.
Natural and organic skincare products come with a long list of benefits as well, such as a lack of strange side effects, a tendency to be gentler on the skin, an ability to prevent aging, a lowered chance of irritation, and low allergenic potential, just to name a few.
However, it’s worth noting that looking for natural and organic beauty products can still be tougher than anticipated.
There are a few greenwashed products sold on the market, for one thing. They fool consumers into believing that they’re eco-friendly and sustainable... but in fact, they’re riddled with harmful chemical ingredients and made with unethical practices.
Since we want to be of help to every skincare enthusiast out there, we’ve written a guide on how to choose the right natural and organic beauty products. Check out our tips below!
1. Know which ingredients to avoid
One of the most effective ways to prevent falling for greenwashed products is to know which ingredients to consider and avoid.
When we asked the doctors at Dermatologists Singapore about the ingredients we need to stay away from, all of them mentioned parabens, mineral oils, alcohols, aluminium salts, and synthetic fragrances.
Parabens and aluminium salts are suspected of being carcinogenic, while mineral oils have no scientifically proven benefits on the skin. In fact, mineral oils are known for blocking pores, making it hard for our skin to breathe.
Alcohol, on the other hand, can reduce the growth of the bacteria on our skin, but other than that, it does more damage than good.
Synthetic fragrances are often just sprinkled onto the list of ingredients to make a product more appealing, but are really just essential oils.
When it comes to ingredients that you’d want to look for, on the other hand, dermatologists suggest Vitamin C, Zinc, hyaluronic acid, tea tree oil, rose water, sea salt, coffee beans, argan oil, and botanicals.
2. Check for clean formulas
We recommend checking if the raw materials in a product are ethically sourced, because if they are, there’s a huge chance that a product comes with clean formulas.
Here, you should be discerning in the quality of the ingredients that go into a formula. For example, good products use plant oils instead of mineral oils.
Another example is when a product uses natural active ingredients either extracted from plants or produced by biotechnology.
We can also get behind products that use natural preservatives permitted by organic standards, such as Salicylic Acid, Benzoic Acid, and Dehydroacetic Acid, among others.
We strongly suggest checking the formula, as it proves that a manufacturer is sincere in making a natural organic beauty product, from how the ingredients are sourced down to how the packaging is made.
3. Look for certifications
According to Medium, skincare and beauty products with labels that say “made with organic ingredients” usually contain around 70% of what they claim to have. It’s not a bad thing, but you can never know what the remaining 30% of ingredients can do to your skin.
The USDA is tasked with certifying beauty and skincare products manufactured mostly in the US. Some of the certifications that you need to look out for are these:
4. Know which claims are regulated
Some of the common claims plastered on skincare and beauty products are: hypoallergenic, no-tears formula, for sensitive skin, natural, and fragrance free. All of these are usually written on packaging labels for lotions, facial cleaners, toners, and lipsticks, among others.
In reality, the majority of these claims aren’t even regulated and substantiated by regulatory institutions, so manufacturers are free to display these words on the packaging as much as they want.
If you want to outsmart these manufacturers, you have to know every ingredient and what each of them is good and bad for. It seems like a lot of work to double-check claims and ingredients, but it will turn you into a smarter and wiser consumer.
And that’s it for our tips on how to pick natural and organic beauty and skincare products to add to your skincare regimen. We know it’s not easy to commit to using natural and organic products, but we promise that you will be rewarded for it soon!
If you know other tips that can help other skincare lovers choose the right products, please share them with us! We’d love to know how other people are being smart in selecting products to use on their face and body. On a side note, we would like to thank Localleadsco(http://localleadsco.com/) who helped us in writing another article for us. If you have missed out on the previous article written by them, click the link here: https://www.theo10.com/media-centre/cleaning-and-hygiene-tips-during-a-pandemic.html