Take a look at the list of ingredients on your average beauty product. Chances are you probably don't know what most of them are, or that a lot of them could be harmful. Marrone explains that opting for organic skin care products means you are avoiding a slew of chemicals that not only irritate the skin, but that can also have a negative effect on the body.
"Organic skin care is better for overall health as well as skin's health," she says. You would never knowingly put a harmful chemical in your mouth, so why would you put something potentially harmful on your skin? Skin is the largest organ of the body and absorbs 70 percent of the creams, serums, gels and lotions you apply to it. Many of these contain carcinogens such as parabens, which are used as preservatives. Some studies have shown that parabens get absorbed into the bloodstream and disrupt the hormonal system.
Not all organic products are created equal, and just because you see the word organic on a label doesn't mean that product is as good for your skin as it claims. For example, Marrone explains that many companies mix harmful chemicals with organic extracts -- so even though you are getting some organic ingredients, the rest of the product remains potentially harmful. Other products use only a small percentage of organic ingredients. Still others contain nothing organic at all, but use the word organic in their marketing to lure consumers.
So if organic doesn't necessarily guarantee you're getting a product that's good for you and your skin, what's an eco-minded woman to do? To start, read the ingredients. If you aren't familiar with a particular ingredient, do some research. A quick Web search should tell you what it is, and a little deeper digging should help you get an idea of whether that ingredient is harmful. The Organic Pharmacy provides a list of chemicals to avoid. It's a good idea to print it out and take it with you when you shop so you can steer clear of the most harmful.
Most of The Organic Pharmacy's products are between 95 and 99.9 percent organic, and they use no artificial preservatives. Marrone shares some of her must-haves for gorgeous, glowing skin:
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