Your skin absorbs whatever you put on it, which is why toxic-free organic products are more preferred for skin care. However, many consumers are not aware of what to look for in the skin care products that they purchase. Before you get excited over the word “natural” on the label, be sure to find these essentials on the packaging:

Organic Skin Care1. Clear Label: Just because a product says it is “natural” or “organic” does not mean it is really what it claims to be. For instance, if a shampoo states it is natural with extracts from the aloe vera plant, this may not mean it has no toxins. Read the label carefully and inspect the ingredients list thoroughly.

2. Bunny Logo: A product with a little bunny means it is cruelty-free or was not tested on animals.

3. Absence of Synthetics: Avoid the following dangerous ingredients:
• Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
• Parabens
• Isopropyl (SD-40)
• Monoethanolamine (MEA)
• Triethanolamine (TEA)
• Diethanolamine (DEA)
• Triclosan
• Mineral Oil
• Lead
• Synthetic Fragrances

4. Fragrance: Speaking of fragrances, consumers are often easily deceived by a product that smells good. Unfortunately, scent formulas allow companies to hide some of their ingredients. Synthetic fragrance can trigger allergies and even problems with the respiratory and reproductive system.

5. Brand Reputation: What the other consumers are saying about the brand can help you decide. Perform a research first, especially if you will try a new product.

6. Popularity: The popular products are well-known for a reason: they are effective. Check your favorite store’s personal care section and search for the most popular products. You can also read blogs that review organic beauty products.

7. Packaging: Non-toxic packaging that can be recycled often does not pose any danger to the product inside. Plastic packaging is still acceptable, particularly those that use polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

8. Asterisk in the Ingredients List: When there is an asterisk (*), it offers more information about a particular item in the list. The more details are given to the consumers, the better.

9. Organic Certification: Look for logos certifying that the product is indeed organic. These logos include USDA Organic and California Organic Products Act (COPA) if you are buying from California.

Natural skin care products are not created equal and some of them are not completely organic at all. Although the task of examining the ingredients and the brand itself can be an enormous undertaking, being aware of what to look for is definitely well worth the effort.