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Organic Skin Care: A Beginner-Friendly Guide

Jun 10, 2008
The trend these days is toward going organic and healthy in all aspects of life. And with good reason! Using natural products in your home is good for the environment and good for you. One of the best ways you can care for yourself naturally is by using organic skin care.

Organic skin care products are superior to standard skin care in many different ways. Most standard skin care products are filled with chemicals and other ingredients, and some experts are now saying that we can't be sure what kind of effect they may have on our skin over time. Considering the fact that many skin care products include aluminum and formaldehyde, it makes sense to look for a better alternative.

Instead of exposing your skin to products that may be harmful, why not replace your regular products with organic ones? Organic skin care products don't contain those chemicals and support more natural forms of farming and product creation. The ingredients that compose organic skin care products are grown without the use of pesticides, which means fewer pesticides in the environment.

Even if you are not concerned about sustainable farming, organic skin care is a good idea. Before you start shopping for organic skin care, you should know some important information about the labeling of organic products. Because most ingredients, chemical or not, can be traced back to their natural origins, virtually anything can be labeled natural without being organic. If you want organic skin products, you'll have to look for products that are labeled "100% certified Organic."

In addition to the claims on the front of the skin care box, you should also carefully read the ingredients. On every skin care product, there is a list of ingredients. The top third of that list makes up 90 to 98 percent of the total composition of the product. If you see any suspect ingredients in the top third, then it is best to leave it on the shelf.

Common organic skin care ingredients include aloe vera, lavender, jojoba, rosemary and olive oil. Look for ingredients with names that you recognize. If you could pull most of the ingredients of the skin care product out of your pantry, you're on the right track.

Before you switch over completely to organic skin care products, make sure to try out several different types of cleansers, toners and moisturizers. If you have sensitive skin, this is especially important.

The ingredients in organic products are natural, but they can also cause breakouts in some people. Don't be discouraged if you have a reaction to the first product you try. If you really want to use organic skin care, there are plenty of other brands and formulas to try. Once you find a brand that you love, you can buy all the products you need in that particular formula.
About the Author
Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape.com and Susies-Coupons.com, where you'll find organic style coupons as well as organic products coupons.
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