While labels such as "organic" and "natural" attached to skin care products sound reassuring these labels have little, if any, meaning. Just as companies are not required to conduct safety tests of ingredients in their products, they are also not regulated about what they put on products labels.
Many products may use the word "organic" yet contain a very small amount of organic herbs in a base of petrochemicals, toxins, and harsh preservatives.
What hazardous ingredients are in the product is the most important thing to look at. While the product may contain some organic ingredients is it also full of synthetic chemicals like parabens, petrochemicals, fragrances, or other harmful additives?
For a product to be healthy and safe - it must be more then organic – it must be as pure and non-hazardous as possible.
The average adult is exposed to 168 hazardous chemicals each day. Chemicals such as phthalates, mineral oils, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, and parabens, are all commonly used in cosmetics and body care products, and are known carcinogens or toxins that affect the immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems.
Your skin absorbs things easily. Anything that is applied to the skin - such as moisturizers, lipsticks, deodorants, and other cosmetics are absorbed into the body and into the blood stream just as if you’d eaten it.
Infertility is rising in women under the age of 25. A major study found that pregnant women and women of child-bearing age are at greater risk for infertility and reproductive problems as result of exposure to certain common chemical ingredients.
Cancer, autism, and birth defect rates are really high and growing. Numerous reports have proven that it’s due to the huge number of toxins that we’re exposed to on a daily basis from cosmetic and personal care products.
Most chemicals have not undergone any safety testing. Of the more than 10,000 chemical ingredients in cosmetic and personal care products less then 10% have actually been tested. And of those that have been tested virtually none have been banned. The FDA has only restricted 9 ingredients in 67 years.
Unborn babies have been found to carry hundreads of chemicals. Laboratory tests have detected as many as 232 chemicals in newborns which were tested through an umbilical cord blood study. This report has produced hard evidence that children are being exposed, beginning in the womb, to complex mixtures of dangerous substances that may have lifelong consequences.
Low doses matter. Exposure to chemicals is cumilative and "adds up" over time exponentially with exposures to other toxics in food we eat, water we drink, and the air we breathe.
Organic products just work better. Non toxic skin care products are more effective simply because they are made with ingredients that don't disrupt your body's natural state. Since what you put on your skin will end up in your body, treat your body well and you will feel and look your best.