Best Practices When Choosing Natural Organic Skin Care

Shopping for natural organic skin care creams shouldn’t be difficult, but it can be. If you read the label of ingredients, you may think that all creams and lotions contain chemicals or synthetic compounds.

The truth is that even naturally occurring compounds have a chemical-sounding name. Companies are required to list the chemical names on the label of ingredients. They are required to use the “International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients”.

Ideally, you want to shop for a nighttime moisturizer that contains Shea butter. It will be listed on the label of ingredients as Butyrospermum Parkii.

Shea butter comes from the nut of a tree native to Africa. In Africa and Europe, it is recognized for its medicinal value. In the US, it is not considered a treatment for any condition.

Researchers from all over the world have shown that creams containing the highest pharmaceutical grades of Shea butter are beneficial for acne, eczema and psoriasis. They have anti-aging properties and are the most effective moisturizers, because they are most similar to the oils produced by human sebaceous glands.

Some of the ingredients found in natural organic skin care products are a major source of confusion. Most companies include essential oils in order to add a fragrance.

The essential fatty acids found in Shea butter and other nourishing plant-based oils are good for the skin’s health and appearance. They are non-allergenic and pose no health risks.

Essential oils, on the other hand, are concentrated plant fragrances. It is not recommended that they be used directly on the skin, because they can cause allergic reactions that include redness, itching and irritation.

Orange oil is an essential oil. It is often found in natural organic skin care cleansers, although the value of organically grown oranges is unclear. They might not even be available.

In addition to being an essential oil, orange oil has grease-cutting abilities. I would recommend that you use it on your kitchen counters, but not on your face.

People often think that naturally occurring ingredients are automatically safe. But, some of the sunscreens are naturally occurring. There are dozens of sun-screening compounds on the market. Their inclusion in cosmetics became rampant after the American Cancer Society and other groups started recommended that everyone should use sunscreen in order to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

You can easily find a natural organic skin care cream that contains a sunscreen. Whether or not you would want to would be another story. Doctors and CDC researchers have found that thousands, possibly millions of people, are suffering from vitamin D deficiency as a direct result of wearing sunscreen on a regular basis.

Other studies indicate that sunscreens may actually increase your risk of certain kinds of skin cancer. That makes sense, because vitamin D is recognized as one of the anti-cancer antioxidants. It need not be present in the diet, because your body produces it when exposed to sunlight.

Now you have a few more things to think about as you shop for natural organic skin care products. You can never have too much information.

Author Bio: Valerie Rosenbaum is an expert author on the topic of natural skin care products. After years of research, the skin care products she recommends use a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients in the best anti wrinkle creams. To learn more visit her anti aging skin care products blog.



One Response to “Best Practices When Choosing Natural Organic Skin Care”

  1. Tony Says:

    Great article! Much to think about when it comes to natural skin care. I agree 100% about shea butter. I push the shea butter in my practice because I know that it does work and is also affordable. Essential oils can be tricky I agree. As an esthetician it is vital to do in depth research on essential oils so that one can incorporate them into a skin care regimen.