Demystifying Natural Skin Care Product Labels

Posted on April 7, 2015 by Dr Elenora Fedoneko

Skin is the largest organ of our body and a permeable barrier to outside influences. Many patients turn to natural skin care products to ensure that ingredients are as safe to their bodies as possible. “Natural” is a term used in food and cosmetic industries that actually has very little real significance. These products can still contain synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Know more about what goes on your skin and into your body. Read the list below to learn more about natural skin care product labels.

Natural becomes a relatively vague term when it is applied to food and cosmetic products. Such items can still contain lab created synthetic chemicals.

Word “organic” means that the company has sourced organic ingredients. This in turn supports the livelihoods of organic farmers. Such companies typically produce items in small batches and are concerned about quality control. A certified organic ingredient is produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, is non-GMO, is not irradiated and is not fertilized with sewage runoff. The facility responsible for the production of organic agricultural ingredients must be certified by a USDA-accredited organic certifying agent. Products can range from having 100% organic ingredients to having less than 70 percent of organic ingredients. Look for “organic” to be displayed on the principal display area for a higher percentage of organic ingredients.

Synthetic ingredients can also be beneficial. Some are more effective than natural ones. L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is such an example. Natural Vitamin C loses efficacy due to oxidization so a stable lab-created form is used in skin care products.

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