Most Popular Organic Ingredients for Natural Skin Care

September 16th, 2011

While many people have jumped on the organic bandwagon when it comes to food, natural ingredients are often overlooked in terms of beauty products. If you aren’t keen on putting chemicals in your body, why put them on your face? Savvy beauty enthusiasts should know what ingredients they’re using on their skin. The skin is our largest organ and chemicals, carcinogens, toxins, and other impurities found in traditional beauty products, are absorbed into the body. A recent study found that more than 5,000 chemicals are used in the creation of personal care products. Going green and embracing natural beauty is the healthy alternative.

Before embarking on a quest for natural beauty products, take heed. Products labeled as natural aren’t regulated and may contain only a trace of natural ingredients. However, products labeled certified organic are certified and regulated by the USDA. This means that at least 95-percent of the ingredients must meet the same stringent standards as organic food. You can be certain that these products don’t contain pesticides or synthetic fertilizer. You may be wondering about the other 5-percent. This percentage is usually reserved for preservatives that keep the product fresh. Beauty products with the Natural Standard label, a BDIH certification, or an EKO-approved label meet similar criteria.

The power ingredients found in many organic beauty products are antioxidants, such as acai oil, pomegranate oil, grape kernel oil, alpha-hydroxy acid, and other fruit-derived ingredients. Products that feature an organic juice base, that includes antioxidants, nourish the skin. Whether it’s face cream or lipstick, the skin will be absorbing nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. This fights free radicals and can lead to a clear, vibrant complexion. Brands such as Lavera, Juice Beauty, and Pangea Organics create beauty products that are packed with antioxidants.

Honey also frequents the ingredient lists on organic beauty products. This multi-faceted wonder ingredient is a natural humectant, anti-irritant, and doesn’t contain preservatives. It is one of the few products that doesn’t need additives to keep it fresh. Instead it is packaged straight from nature. Popular for use in hair care products, lip balm, body products, and skin care products, honey is quickly gaining a legion of followers. It’s even safe for baby products and sensitive skin. Brands like Burt’s Bees and HollyBeth create sweet treats for the face and body. For the ultimate in natural luxury try HollyBeth’s Grits & Honey Scrub. You’ll be left with soft skin and a mouth-watering scent.

Organic emulsifiers are key because they tie all ingredients together by binding substances that don’t normally mix, such as oil and water. They are important in giving natural beauty products the same aesthetics as synthetic brands. Natural emulsifiers are typically created using a variety of berries, nuts, and leaves. Check to be sure the product contains an ingredient such as plant wax, xanthum gum, quince seed, ceteareth-12, or organic cetyl alcohol. Monarch Beauty, Venus Naturals, and Ecco Bella create luxurious products based on natural emulsifiers which makes going green with your beauty routine easier than ever.

Cindi Lewis writes for a natural skin care and beauty products online retailer.