What to Look Out for When Buying Organic Skin Care Products
The demand for organic skin care products has risen dramatically in the past few years. As more people discover the benefits of organic agricultural produce, that discovery is also spreading to other industries so that now there is a rising trend in the fashion industry for organic clothing and in the beauty industry for organic cosmetics. This has also led to a higher demand for organic skin care products.
The problem though is that not all manufacturers who claim their products are organic can actually stand by that claim. While there are many that are truly organic, there seem to be even more that are just riding on that ticket to make even more profits. This can become confusing and frustrating for one who just wants to buy an effective organic lotion without all the fuss and muss. If that’s you, here are a few things to look out for when buying organic skin care products.
1. Certification: It does not matter what country you live in, there is some sort of regulatory body which is responsible for certifying products. In the United States, there is the USDA which has the Organic Skin Care arm that is responsible for certifying products organic. Before a product can get certified, it must meet the set standard and would have gone through requisite inspection. In the UK, the Soil Association determines what can be labeled organic while in Australia it is ‘Australian Certified Organic’ (ACO). Before you even think of purchasing any organic product, make sure it state on the body that it has been certified by the relevant bodies.
2. Label: One would think that certification alone should be sufficient to satisfy consumers that the product is completely organic. However, this is not the case as there are different levels of what is termed ‘organic.’ You need to check what percentage of organic that product is. This does not require any special lab tests or anything, the body of the product should contain a label signifying whether it is 100% organic, 95% organic or 75% organic. The USDA standard does not allow lower than 75%. Before you think of purchasing any product that is not 100% organic, you need to think carefully. The truth is that although the requirement states the remaining percentage of what is not organic should contain substances that are close to organic, you can never be really sure. If you must buy those, first find out what they contain.
3. Ingredients: This is really important. Find out what ingredients are being used and if possible, how much of those ingredients are used. There are certain ingredients that might be contained in products which are said to be 100% organic but which are actually bad for your skin, like fragrances. Before you invest a lot of your money on a skin care product, ask for tester if available and try it for some time before making up your mind.
4. Price: To be sure, organic skin care products have a slightly higher market price value than the non-organic versions. Nevertheless, do not spend your money on products that are ridiculously expensive. Such products seldom deliver what they promise. Skin care is an on-going practice and it is best to stick to a product once you’ve found what works for you. Therefore, choose something that is reasonably affordable for you so that you do not have to bite your nails whenever it’s time to replenish the stock.