Hold it right there! That organic face cream that you are about to buy might not contain what you think. Things may be different in other countries, but in the US, there are no government regulations concerning organic skincare products.
There are plenty of regulations concerning foods that claim to be organics. In order to be certified by the USDA, the food item must be comprised of at least 70% organics or the manufacturer cannot use the word “organic” on the label. There is no such regulation concerning skincare products. It might contain extracts from plants that have been grown organically. It might not.
If it does, synthetics may still be included in a product labeled organic face cream. The most common synthetics in these kinds of products are artificial preservatives. Proponents say they are beneficial, preventing bacterial that could cause skin infections. The objections of opponents range from their known effect of causing allergic reactions to their unknown effects on long-term health.
Like bug spray and weed killer, these chemicals are absorbed through the skin’s layers and lodge in the tissues. The long-term effect that may have on the human body is unknown, but many healthcare professionals believe that it contributes to our cancer risk. It is a common recommendation among a variety of different practitioners to avoid using anything on your skin that you would not eat.
You might have known that. It may be why you were looking for organic face cream in the first place. But, how does the manufacturer insure that there are no contaminants in those raw ingredients? It isn’t just herbicides and pesticides that are common contaminants.
Lead is a naturally occurring substance. It is present in rocks and the soil. In addition, artificial colors are often created using lead-based dyes. Even though it has been banned from use in house paint, cosmetic companies are still allowed to use lead-based dye. Independent laboratories have reported finding lead in lipsticks, hair coloring, creams with artificial colors and other skincare products.
How does a company insure that their products are not hazardous to your health? Most of them don’t.
The best manufacturers test each raw ingredient for contaminants of all kinds, including herbicides, pesticides and lead. That is a strictly voluntary practice that most companies do not adhere to.
The best manufacturers test each completed batch to insure that contamination did not occur during processing. Some organic face cream is processed using ethylene oxide. During processing, ethylene oxide can cause the formation of Dioxane, a known carcinogen.
Find out what the manufacturer does to protect your health. Read the label of ingredients and learn which ones are artificial preservatives or colors. There is no need to use an artificial preservative to prolong shelf life or prevent bacterial contamination.
Now that you are armed with this information, I recommend natural vitamin E. It is an effective preservative and it also helps to preserve the beauty of your face, by preventing the appearance of age spots and acting as an antioxidant to prevent free radical damage. All organic face cream should contain it. Mine does!
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