Natural, Organic Face Creams Need No Animal Testing!

Finding a truly organic face cream can be difficult. The USDA sets standards and inspects farms providing organic foods. Those farms may also provide the ingredients for skincare products. But it’s hard to determine whether or not that is the case.

What you and I expect when shopping for organics might not be the same as the cosmetic company’s definitions. Most companies add some type of sunscreen to their product. While sunscreens fit the technical definition of organics, there is a great deal of controversy concerning whether or not they are safe. Here’s what the companies should provide.

They should provide safe plant-based oils and extracts, purchased from growers who do not use chemical pesticides. They should not add artificial preservatives, colorings or fragrances to those good ingredients. They should go easy on essential oils, which are concentrated plant fragrances that can cause allergic reactions and neurological problems.

The ingredients should not be tested on animals. There would be no need for animal testing if companies used only non-toxic ingredients. That provides a clue about what the cosmetic companies have been selling us all of these years. If it burns or damages an animal’s skin, logically it would not be good for human skin.

An organic face cream should contain the protein keratin, because the nutrient is needed for the construction of new cells. The keratin should be derived from sheep’s wool, not from animal hooves, poultry beaks or other byproducts. The best form is Functional Keratin. It is the only form that is fully usable by the skin’s cells. It is a supplement grade, rather than a cosmetic-grade protein.

Functional Keratin has been shown in clinical testing, with human volunteers, to provide numerous anti-aging benefits. To be included in an organic face cream, the manufacturer should be able to trace the wool it comes from to trusted farmers.

Honey is often found in natural skincare products. Some varieties provide numerous benefits. Manuka honey for example has natural antibacterial and antioxidant activity.

If the bees gather their pollen in a polluted environment, the honey will contain impurities. There are still some unpolluted areas on the planet, far from industry and shipping lanes. The South Island of New Zealand is an example of a good location for gathering honey.

Manuka is usually included in night creams, under eye gels and deep cleansing masks. It gets its name from the Manuka bush, which is native to New Zealand.

Regular use of an organic face cream containing Manuka honey and Functional Keratin will help to reduce acne breakouts and stimulate the skin’s immune system. After a few weeks of daily use, it will improve the skin’s firmness. Under eye gels containing those ingredients will reduce bags and dark circles. All of these benefits have been proven in clinical studies. Of course, many of the products on the market just aren’t that good.

Take the time to evaluate the ingredients and the manufacturer before you buy an organic face cream. That’s the best thing you can do.

Natural, Organic Face Creams Need No Animal Testing!

Finding a truly organic face cream can be difficult. The USDA sets standards and inspects farms providing organic foods. Those farms may also provide the ingredients for skincare products. But it’s hard to determine whether or not that is the case.

What you and I expect when shopping for organics might not be the same as the cosmetic company’s definitions. Most companies add some type of sunscreen to their product. While sunscreens fit the technical definition of organics, there is a great deal of controversy concerning whether or not they are safe. Here’s what the companies should provide.

They should provide safe plant-based oils and extracts, purchased from growers who do not use chemical pesticides. They should not add artificial preservatives, colorings or fragrances to those good ingredients. They should go easy on essential oils, which are concentrated plant fragrances that can cause allergic reactions and neurological problems.

The ingredients should not be tested on animals. There would be no need for animal testing if companies used only non-toxic ingredients. That provides a clue about what the cosmetic companies have been selling us all of these years. If it burns or damages an animal’s skin, logically it would not be good for human skin.

An organic face cream should contain the protein keratin, because the nutrient is needed for the construction of new cells. The keratin should be derived from sheep’s wool, not from animal hooves, poultry beaks or other byproducts. The best form is Functional Keratin. It is the only form that is fully usable by the skin’s cells. It is a supplement grade, rather than a cosmetic-grade protein.

Functional Keratin has been shown in clinical testing, with human volunteers, to provide numerous anti-aging benefits. To be included in an organic face cream, the manufacturer should be able to trace the wool it comes from to trusted farmers.

Honey is often found in natural skincare products. Some varieties provide numerous benefits. Manuka honey for example has natural antibacterial and antioxidant activity.

If the bees gather their pollen in a polluted environment, the honey will contain impurities. There are still some unpolluted areas on the planet, far from industry and shipping lanes. The South Island of New Zealand is an example of a good location for gathering honey.

Manuka is usually included in night creams, under eye gels and deep cleansing masks. It gets its name from the Manuka bush, which is native to New Zealand.

Regular use of an organic face cream containing Manuka honey and Functional Keratin will help to reduce acne breakouts and stimulate the skin’s immune system. After a few weeks of daily use, it will improve the skin’s firmness. Under eye gels containing those ingredients will reduce bags and dark circles. All of these benefits have been proven in clinical studies. Of course, many of the products on the market just aren’t that good.

Take the time to evaluate the ingredients and the manufacturer before you buy an organic face cream. That’s the best thing you can do.

The Ugly Truth About Your Organic Face Cream

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!

To learn more about vitamins for healthy skin, and other incredible natural substances for healthy skin care, visit my website today.

If You Can Only Go Semi-Organic, Which Foods Should You Focus On?

Let’s face it, organic seems to be the way to go these days, whether its fruits, vegetables, meat or dairy. Unfortunately, organic often comes at a hefty price. If you want to go organic but can’t afford to go “all the way” due to the confines of your pocketbook, you can still get the health benefits of organic foods by knowing which foods to focus on. If you want to go “semi-organic,” you need to learn which foods have the most contaminants and which do not necessarily need to be 100 percent organic.

Some of the foods that are the most contaminated when it comes to pesticides include fruits. Fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, blueberries, strawberries and other berries contain pesticides that remain on the fruit even after you wash it. Although these foods are considered “good for you” they contain pesticides that may negate their health benefits. And while you could peel certain fruits to ensure reduced exposure to pesticides (such as apples or pears), you then miss out on the important nutrients those skins provide.

Fruits such as pineapple, bananas, kiwi, mangoes and oranges do not carry the same content of pesticides because of their relatively thick skins. If you want to go semi-organic, you do not need to worry so much about getting the full organic versions of these fruits.

Vegetables are another type of food that many people shop organic. But if you can’t quite afford to choose organic with all of your veggies, there are some that are lower on the pesticide scale. Onions, asparagus, broccoli and cabbage all have a fairly low “pest threat” and therefore require less pesticide to begin with. Sweet peas and eggplant are two of the vegetables least likely to have pesticide residue. Sweet corn and sweet potatoes are two other options for semi-organic consumers.

But, on the other hand, there are certain vegetables where you would definitely want to choose the organic variety. These include peppers, celery, carrots, kale, leafy greens and regular potatoes.

When it comes to meats, you should look for organic meats and poultry as the regular versions often contain growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticide residue (from the grain fed to the animals) and other harmful chemicals. The same goes for milk and other dairy products. For your best health, it would be wise to invest in organic meats and dairy.

Fish is one food that you might not think you have to worry about when it comes to organics, especially “wild” fish. After all, how could something grown in the wild be non-organic? It may seem like a backwards way to go about it, but wild fish are not included on the USDA’s list of organic foods. It actually comes down to what the fish eat: in a controlled fish farm environment, the farmers can ensure the fish are fed only organic nutrients. But in the wild, that same guarantee does not exist. Currently a limited amount of seafood is being sold as organic at stores in the United States, usually because it was certified by other countries or by third-party accreditation agencies.

One type of food you might not think to go organic with is bread. Organic breads do not contain the additives and preservatives that regular breads do, which mean fewer chemicals to which you and your family are exposed. Remember that if you go for organic breads, they will not last as long as breads that are filled with preservatives, so choose a smaller loaf if you don’t think you can finish it before the mold sets in. Want to go a health step further? Opt for whole grain breads when going organic.

Similar to breads, cereals are another item in which you want to go organic. The amount of chemicals in regular cereals, not to mention the sugars, is frightening. If you want to feed your family healthy cereal, look for organic versions. Most are available at your local grocery store or health food store.

It’s true . . . organic foods are more costly and can be out of the price range for some people. But, the good news is that you do not have to go organic all the way to enjoy the benefits of organic foods. By choosing some foods that are organic and others that are still considered “healthy,” you are well on your way to improving your health and well being, as well as that of your family.