In the beauty industry, it seems there’s a never-ending stream of new products coming on the market – from makeup and perfume to shampoo and conditioner. It’s always nice to have a wide selection of choices; however, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by so many options. One way you can begin to narrow down your beauty product search is by looking for products that are organic.
It wasn’t too long ago that beauty products labeled as “organic” or “all natural” were rarely seen outside of specialty grocers and boutiques, but recently the demand for these types of cosmetics has been booming. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly qualifies a product to be labeled as “organic” or “all natural,” you’re not alone. Many assume that these terms mean basically the same thing, but there are differences. To be considered USDA-certified organic, a product must be made with at least 95% ingredients from plant sources. To be labeled natural, though, the qualifications are not very specific – as long as the product is derived from “natural sources,” without any added synthetic ingredients, it can be sold as a natural product.
The main benefit of using organic beauty products is that they are free of harsh chemicals such as parabens and sulfates that some studies have linked to health issues ranging from fertility problems to cancer. Another bonus is that without synthetic preservatives, organic products are less likely to cause skin dryness and irritation. However, all skin is different, so be sure to talk to your dermatologist for suggestions on which organic beauty products would work best for you.