Is Organic or Natural Better? “When considering ingredients, we look to evidence-based medicine and medical studies. They have to be documented with clinical data about safety and efficacy.” explains Jeanette Quillen, Herbal Expert and Owner of Claribelskincare.com. “People assume and believe that natural is better, but that depends on the ingredient, the potency in which it’s used, and how it’s used. “
For example, tobacco is natural. Marijuana is natural, but we’re not going to advocate for those ingredients just because they’re natural, knowing that they might not be safe and effective for every human.
The point is, there should be solid research when formulating, and without that, people might be mislead to believe that all natural or organic ingredients are effective and good for you.
Top Reasons Why Organic Skin Care is More Effective
ORGANIC PRODUCTS WORK AS WELL IF NOT BETTER THAN THEIR SYNTHETIC COUNTERPARTS
Natural products had had a historically bad rap for not working as well as their drugstore counterparts, but that’s long over. Organic products have been proven to provide the desired results with the amazing advanced technology and high quality.
Plants grown organically are found to contain a higher level of vital antioxidant vitamins than non-organic plants. Because they are grown without herbicides and pesticides, their organic ingredients are also free from that contamination, which means the same for your skin and body.
Moreover, up to 95% of an organic skin care product's contents are active ingredients. In synthetic skin care products, active ingredients only make up 5 to 10% of its contents.
YOU'LL LESSEN YOUR OVERALL CHEMICAL AND SYNTHETIC INTAKE
While it’s been long debated as to whether the penetration of products can travel all the way into the bloodstream, our skin, the largest organ on our body, is still absorbing everything that we apply topically.
If you’re not ready to make the full move to organic products right away or if your budget it tights, start with products that are applied to the thinnest parts of your skin – like eyes, forehead, mouth, neck. Those areas will absorb more quickly. You can them move on to other products when it best fits your timeline or budget.
ORGANIC FARMING IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Organic farming and gardening is far better for the environment and the earth. One of the biggest concerns about non-organic farming is the chemicals that are absorbed by the soil and ground, which are carried on into our water, food, trees, etc. Preventing this can greatly benefit many areas of our life.
NON-ORGANIC PRODUCTS CONTAIN HARMFUL CHEMICAL VS. ORGANIC PRODUCTS ARE MAKE OF SAFER NATURAL INGREDIENTS
Non-organic skin care products oftencontain synthetic, man-made chemicals such as sodium laurel, mineral oils, laureth sulphate, and toxins that could be residues of pesticides. Studies have also found that they can contain mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, and other chemicals that, with long term use, can cause skin irritation, hormone imbalance, organ toxicity, and even cancer.
Organic products are derived from plants and other naturally occurring ingredients. More importantly, those organic ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and other additives or chemicals. With that, you can be sure your skin and body absorb only real, natural ingredients that aren't harmful.
ORGANIC PRODUCTS ARE MORE NON-ALLERGENIC THAN CHEMICALLY MADE PRODUCTS
Without harsh chemicals, organic skin care products are less likely to cause allergic reactions, inflammations or irritations. If an allergic reaction does occur with the use of organic products, it would most likely be due to a natural ingredient (such as peanuts or strawberries), which would be easier to identify.
I am personally highly allergic to dyes. I remember the time years ago, when I use that pink baby sunscreen, and my entire face puffed up like a balloon for almost 5 days. A clear sign that something synthetic can be very bad for you.
USING NON-ORGANIC "INSTANT GRATIFICATION" INGREDIENTS WILL WEAKEN AND DAMAGE YOUR SKIN OVER TIME.
The synthetic ingredients found in non-organic products may be fast acting, but they are also invasive, causing harm that cannot be seen. Their chemical ingredients may provide instant gratification and visible results, but most of these only help you aesthetically or temporarily. With prolonged use, these chemicals can damage and weaken your skin as your body tries to cope with these foreign substances – causing premature aging and other ailments.
Using natural, organic skin care products, though, ensure that you get the real nutritional benefits from its ingredients. Natural organic ingredients such as coconut oil, honey, aloe vera, and shea butter, for example, are known to soothe, nourish, moisturize and promote smooth skin. Even though the results may be slightly slower, organic skin care products are gentle on your skin and won’t harm you in the long run.
YOU'LL BE SUPPORTING CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS
The beauty industry has received backlash for conducting animal testing for their products to ensure that they are safe for human use. Organic products don't need to, because, with natural ingredients, they're safe and harmless.
Organic farming is also better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from pesticide and fertilizer sprays, and produces less carbon dioxide and less dangerous wastes. By using organic skin care products, you're helping to minimize your environmental impact and support the sustainability of our environment.
When you buy organic skin care products, you are buying cruelty-free skin care products and also supporting the move towards abolishing animal testing in the industry.
YOU'LL BE HELPING TO PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT
Because organic products use naturally grown ingredients that are free from toxic pesticides and fertilizers, they don't leave a harmful footprint on the planet, particularly the soil, water, and air.
Organic skin care products not only make you feel and look better, but it feels great knowing you're doing something nice for the earth.
Top 20 Skin Care Chemical to Avoid
Limonene: This is on the list because it can cause skin irritation. It is not toxic but can cause some allergic reactions in a moderate amount of people.
Linalool: Just like Limonene, it is not considered a toxic but has been known to cause some adverse reactions to users.
Citronellol: This falls into the same catagory as Limonene and Linalool. Quite possible it will cause a negative reaction to your skin.
Geraniol: Geraniol is a moderate skin irritant and can cause allergies. Exposed to air, its oxidation products are more irritant and allergenic.
Coumarin: Coumarin is considered a toxin and is banned in the US.
Hexyl Cinnamal: This is a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen.
Phenoxyethanol: Used as an anti-bacterial in cosmetics and stabilizer in perfumes, phenoxyethanol is actually very harmful. It is harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through skin.
Sodium Benzoate: On it's own Sodium Benzoate is not considered toxic, unless it is formulated with Vitamin C. When sodium benzoate is combined with Vitamin C, a chemical reaction occurs that forms benzene. Benzene has been identified as a carcinogen.
Methylparaben: A number of studies show that methylparaben may cause cancerous skin damage. ... A similar study suggested that skin damage from exposure to sunlight while using a product containing methylparaben might lead to the formation of cancer.
MI/MCI: Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), especially when paired with methylisothiazolinone (MI), is an effective preservative but in high concentrations it can be a skin irritant and even cause chemical burns.
PEGs: PEGs contain impurities, which include ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. These two are known carcinogens and respiratory irritants. Long-term exposure to ethylene oxide can cause serious health consequences, including damage to the nervous system.
Acrylate Copolymer: The International Agency of Research on Cancer as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have classified acrylates as a possible human carcinogen.
Petrolatum: When properly refined, petrolatum has no known health concerns, although it has it's environmental concerns. However, petrolatum is often not fully refined in the US, which means it can be contaminated with toxic chemicals.
Polysorbates: Despite the approval of polysorbate 20 by the CIR Expert Panel, there are concerns about the presence of ethylene oxide in this ingredient. This is because the process of ethoxylation may lead to contamination with 1,4-dioxane, a potentially dangerous by-product. In fact, 1,4-dioxane is a known animal carcinogen that penetrates readily into the skin. This ingredient has also been linked with skin allergies.
BHT: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a chemical cousin to BHA that is also listed as “generally recognized as safe.” It, too, is added to food as a preservative. BHT is not a listed carcinogen, but some data have shown that it does cause cancer in animals.
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is also known as Oxybenzone. When oxybenzone is absorbed by your skin, it can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after you're out of the sun. Experts also suspect that oxybenzone disrupts hormones (i.e., mimics, blocks, and alters hormone levels) which can throw off your endocrine system.
Benzophenone-1: Benzophenone is on the Proposition 65 list because it can cause cancer. Exposure to benzophenone may increase the risk of cancer.
Benzophenone-3: Benzophenone is on the Proposition 65 list because it can cause cancer. Exposure to benzophenone may increase the risk of cancer .
Cocamide DEA: According to the FDA, cocamide DEA is perfectly safe to use in personal hygiene products and cosmetics. However, an assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed the chemical as known to cause cancer.
Toluene: You can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in, getting it on your skin, getting it splashed into your eyes, or swallowing it. Toluene exposure may cause liver and kidney damage. Toluene affects the central nervous system, eyes, skin, respiratory system, liver, kidneys.
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Natural Face Cream for Intense Hydration with Plant Botanicals
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Our natural face cream is destined to be your new "go to" daily moisturizer. It's an excellent choice for soothing hydration anytime. You'll benefit from an impressive list of plant derived ingredients, like blue green algae, calendula, hemp oil, willow bark and jojoba.
While it as a rich texture, it absorbs quickly and dries to a smooth non-greasy finish. Has a very soft subtle scent of vanilla and lavender.
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FULL INGREDIENTS LIST IN ALPHA ORDER
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Althea Oficinalis (Organic Marshmallow Root) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Aphanizomenon Flos-aqua (Blue Green Algae) Tincture, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Calendula Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Carnosine, Chamomile Extract, Centella Asiatica, Citric Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Elderberry Extract, Green Tea Extract, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Niacinamide, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Salix Nigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract, Silybum Marianum (Organic Milk Thistle) Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Stellaria Media (Organic Chickweed) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Urtica Dioica (Organic Nettle Leaf) Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Organic Slippery Elm) Extract, Organic Vanilla Essential Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Tomato Seed Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)
There are some key ingredients in our organic face cream, that we wanted to give you a chance to get to know:
Blue Green Algae: Research shows that algae can help improve the appearance of aging skin. It is very moisturizing and antioxidant rich.
Hemp Oil: Our cold pressed hemp oil is rich in omegas and important nutrients. Excellent for irritated or dry skin.
Marshmallow Root: The plant is well-known for its anti-irritant, soothing and emollient properties. Rich in vitamins (A, C, E and B complex).
Milk Thistle: A 2015 study found that it helped improve inflammatory skin conditions and is known to have antioxidant and anti-aging effects.
Nettle Leaf: Because of its nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties, nettle is a natural beautifier for skin. It has also been shown to clear acne and eczema.
Slippery Elm: Traditionally slippery elm is used to promote wound healing and soothe irritated skin, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants, both of which boost skin health.
Vegan Glycerin: While glycerin might seem like a common skin care ingredients, it has many hidden talents. It create a much higher level of hydration as an effective humectant and attracts moisturizer and water to the intercellular space of the skin.
It’s a proven fact (as noted above) that organic skin care ingredients are all around better for you. They’re easier for your body to absorb, process, and most organic plant based ingredients have dual purposes – so you’re getting more for your money in terms of benefits. Give organic skin care products a try. We offer a no hassle money back guarantee and free shipping in the US.
Jeanette @ Claribelskincare.com | Owner, Formulator & Herbal Expert
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