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Organic Skin Care: What Are You Putting on Your Face?

Aug 17, 2007
Reading labels on organic skin care products can be just as confusing as reading ingredients for non-organic products. This list has been compiled to help you understand what each ingredient does for your skin.

Almond Oil: moisturizing and rich in protein

Aloe Vera Gel: very soothing, antibacterial, promotes exceptional healing, stimulates new cell growth, and inhibits the body from releasing thromboxane (which causes permanent scarring in certain conditions such as burns), making it excellent for treatment of open wounds, burns, and acne as well as a multitude of other conditions

Apricot Oil: has anti inflammatory properties, soothes, and provides moisture

Apricot Kernel Meal: used for exfoliation
Arrowroot Powder: used for thickening and stabilizing organic skin care formulas

Avocado Oil: moisturizes, and is full of essential nutrients making it good for anti aging products

Baking Soda: AKA Sodium Bicarbonate, stabilizes pH and is also used to enhance texture in organic skin care formulas

Borax Powder: AKA Sodium Borate, natural preservative, emulsifier, and buffering agent for organic skin care formulas

Beeswax: antibacterial and anti aging properties to some extent

Benzoin: helps chapping, promotes healing in lesions

Bergamot: promotes healing in acne by helping reduce excess oil and reducing bacteria

Carnauba Wax: very hard wax, making it good for lipstick

Carrot Seed Oil: promotes skin rejuvenation and balances oil production

Castor Oil: moisturizing properties

Chamomile: helpful for people with skin disorders and other rashes because of its anti inflammatory properties, soothes open wounds and burns

Coarse Sea Salt: used as a exfoliate

Cocoa Butter: moisturizer and skin softener

Coconut Oil: moisturizes and protects skin

Dead Sea Salt: moist sea salt taken from the Dead Sea, used in exfoliates

Elemi: promotes skin rejuvenation, making it good for anti aging organic skin care products, also promotes healing of rashes and chapped skin

Frankincense: promotes skin rejuvenation and tones tissue, making it good for anti aging organic skin care products

Geranium: promotes quick healing and balances oil production, making it good for either extreme skin condition (dry or oily)

Grapefruit: reduces excess oil, making it good for treatment of acne

Grape Seed Oil: excellent organic preservative as well as providing essential nutrients

Jasmine: calms and moisturizes, making it good for overly sensitive, dry skin

Jojoba Oil: provides excellent absorption because it is so much like sebum, making it excellent for moisturizing

Juniper: reduces excess oil and pulls toxins from skin, making it good for treating acne
Lanolin: most like sebum, but may cause allergic reactions

Kaolin Clay: mild clay used in masks

Lavender: has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, promotes skin rejuvenation, calms irritation, and reduces inflammation, making it good for skin disorders, insect bites, sunburn, burns, boils, and helping to diminish scars

Lecithin: preservative and emulsifier in organic skin care formulas

Lemon: incredible healing qualities because it is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent

Lemon Myrtle: healing qualities because it is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral

Lemongrass: healing qualities because it is antibacterial and antiseptic

Lime: tightens, tones, and reduces excess oil

Mandarin: has antiseptic qualities and tightens skin

Macadamia Nut Oil: moisturizes and is an anti-oxidant, making it good for all skin types

Myrrh: has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities, promotes skin rejuvenation, and moisturizes, making it good for a number of skin conditions, including chapping, skin disorders, and healing deep cracking

Neroli: promotes skin rejuvenation by stimulating new cell growth, making it good for a multitude of skin conditions

Olive Oil: has moisturizing properties

Orange: reduces excess oils making it good in acne treatment

Patchouli: has antifungal, anti inflammatory, and antiseptic properties and promotes new cell growth making it useful in a number of skin conditions

Petitgrain: helps clear irritated skin

Rice Bran Oil: has natural sun protection properties and provides vitamin E

Rose: helps reduce thread veins, promotes skin rejuvenation

Rosehip Seed Oil: reduces inflammation and irritation and has anti aging properties

Rosewood: provides slight pain relief and stimulates the immune system

Shea Butter: has moisturizing properties

Spearmint: antiseptic properties

Stearic Acid: emulsifier in organic skin care formulas

Tea Tree: promotes healing in infected wounds because it has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, making it good for a larger array of conditions, especially good for conditions to do with feet

Vegetable Glycerin: has moisturizing properties

Vitamin E Oil: anti oxidant which also acts as a preservative

Wheat Germ Oil: anti oxidant, moisturizer, and provides essential vitamins

Witch Hazel Extract: antiseptic and astringent properties

Ylang Ylang: balances oil production, making it good for either extreme skin condition (dry or oily)

Zinc Oxide: extremely effective sun protection qualities
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