Science Clashes With Organic Skin Care
April 20th, 2009
By C.A. Vargas
Long gone are the days when burnt matchsticks were used to darken the eyelashes, and geranium and poppy petals were used to stain the lips or to simply brighten ones cheeks. A very short time ago skin care, makeup and beauty products were commonly found in the kitchen pantry. And not until the 1950’s with the advent of color film that cosmetics and beauty products began to be mass produced. Stars needed to look flawless and since life imitates art we had an explosion in the beauty and cosmetics industry.
Beauty and skin care products began to be manufactured with synthetic ingredients back in the day because they were less expensive to manufacture and because it helped to extend the shelf life of the products. The standards of the cosmetic and skin care industry that we use today were established long ago and are in dire need of updating!
For example, did you know that “hypoallergenic” means nothing at all? It’s true! The FDA has no requirement in place that systematizes allergy testing for makeup or skin care products, so any brand that wants to claim its product is “hypoallergenic” may freely do so.
The FDA does prohibit the use of super-toxic chemicals, but other than that, (and I quote the FDA regulation) “Cosmetic firms are responsible for substantiating the safety of their products and ingredients before marketing.” The FDA doesn’t require them to do any particular testing first.
Its been a long time coming but its only within the last decade that eco-conscious naturalist turned beauty experts have challenged the status quo. The greenies have in fact not only squared off against the beauty firms and their standards but against the FDA as it turns a blind eye to potentially harmful ingredients in skin care.
The entrenched cosmetic and skin care giants, with their chemists, defend their claims and contend that organic does not mean better. And this despite the greenies basic tenet that skin will more readily absorb natural ingredients and therefore be more beneficial for the skin.
In the long run these same harmful ingredients damage the skin and prevent the thing which they claim to do. In fact, the chemical based products people use have the potential to cause further damage to the skin thus compromising any youthful appearance that you might have.
Beauty chemists claim that their high-tech creams last longer than your average organic products and are less likely to grow bacteria over time. At the salon, we always tell people that if you are using your organic product normally, you will not ever see it go bad and they have organic solutions to preserve the product.
These same chemists vehemently deny that parabens and other such ingredients are linked to health issues, even cancer. Evidence shows that synthetic ingredients in skin care get absorbed by the skin and accumulate in biological tissue, minimally taxing the system but worse potentially causing major health problems to the individual.
Organic skin care is the safer choice in my opinion and like anything else some are better than others. Joanna Vargas chooses its products against strict guidelines and most of the products sold in the salon have been certified organic skin care or are beyond organic though the certification is missing.
Years of actual use in the organic skin care arena and thousands of hours of practical application makes Joanna Vargas one of the top most expert in her field. You can rest assure that any skincare product you buy in our online store is top quality. And every single spa treatment performed at our Fifth Avenue skin care salon, here in New York City will be the best facial you ever had.
Call NOW if you want clean, clear and glowing skin and make your appointments at 212.949.2350 or buy the best organic skin care in our online store.