Why the words “Organic”, “Natural” or “Botanical” don’t guarantee you’ll receive authentic natural ingredients
Many are surprised to learn that, unlike food, there are no federal regulations for beauty products, including moisturizers. Any company can claim its product is “natural” or “organic.” Just because some brands of moisturizers contain ingredients derived from natural sources, it doesn’t mean they are organic or natural.
So unless a product displays the USDA Organic Seal on its packaging, the word “organic” may be meaningless. A product containing a small handful of organic ingredients can’t be called a Certified Organic product, no matter what the label says. For a product to bear that prestigious seal, it must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients.
With moisturizers and other products that you apply to your skin, the devil is in the details. Your skin is your largest organ and when you lather on moisturizer, its chemicals flow right through your skin and into your bloodstream without any filtering. From there, they go straight to your organs. Because your body doesn’t have enzymes to break down chemicals, they accumulate over time. Here’s what’s especially troubling about the long-term accumulation of chemicals in your body..
Small but frequent exposures can be more harmful than a few larger exposures.
The danger lies in the cumulative effect of chemicals. Any product that’s designed to moisturize is by nature more readily absorbed into your skin. However, some products contain chemicals that enhance skin absorption even further, with the potential to drive toxic ingredients deeper into your skin and, ultimately, your organs.