Consumers love natural skin care products because they believe natural skin care products and make-up are safer and healthier, especially when these products are composed of all natural ingredients. That is why you can find organic and natural listed on most skin care products.
Many anti-aging products would start with 100% natural, organic, and anti-aging, however, Dr. Kong, M.D, Ph.D, who has been doing skin research for years, say hat there are plenty of organic and natural skin care products that do not contain natural ingredients and there is no clinical proof that organic ones are better than the normal ones.
Here are more facts:
1. Natural and organic skin care is just a popular marketing trend. It’s meaningless due to the fact that there are no FDA-approved standards or industry regulations for using these terms.
2. Organic certification only means the source of an ingredient grew organically, but has nothing to do with skin care. The effectiveness is not guaranteed and the natural cosmetic obviously still lacks substantial expedients to validate its effectiveness.
3. No substantial research articles proved that organic ingredients are better than the synthetic ones. Take the most commonly seen moisturizing ingredients – hyaluronic acid, the first hyaluronic acid was extracted from animal, but now it is by microbial fermentation, Obviously it is not the natural ingredient, but has been widely used in the “natural skin care products”.
4. Some cosmetic and skin care products do not include what they claim is in the ingredients, and many others include synthetic ingredients. The only way to find out if they include synthetic ingredients or not, is to check out the ingredient label.
5. Almost 90 percent of the 10,500 cosmetics and skin care ingredients known to the FDA have not been evaluated for safety.
6. Some natural and organic ingredients are irritating and may cause collagen to break down.
7. FDA also warns that an ingredient’s source cannot determine its safety. For example, many plants contain toxic substances, whether they are organically grown or not. To find more on the subject you have to check out FDA Poisonous Plant Database.
Overall, there’s no big difference between natural, organic skin care products and general skin care products. No matter what kind of skin care products you choose, do check on the ingredients label and do some research before purchasing.