When you are strolling through the makeup aisles, you consider many different things. Do I like this color? How expensive is it? Is it good for my skin? Is it organic?
You run through a mental checklist to determine which product is right for you. But there are a few things you need to be looking out for on the labels that may be misleading.
One thing to remember is that the USDA’s organic specifications were created for the food industry, and they do not regulate the use of the term for beauty products. It is up to you to watch out for yourself. We’ve compiled a list to help you decipher your product labels and determine what is a truly organic product.
Beware of “Natural” Products
When it comes to beauty labels, the word “natural” doesn’t mean much. There is no regulation for putting the term on labels. Even “all natural” does not mean organic, so beware of “natural” products.
Watch Out For Greenwashing
People often fall victim to the color green. With all the hype of going green, people often see the color on their products and immediately think it’s organic. Manufactures know this and use green labels to make consumers think the product is organic.
Read the Ingredients List
No matter what the front of the product might look like, do not be blinded by the words or colors. Flip it over, and read the back. If the product is actually organic, the ingredients list should contain words you can pronounce. For example, nothing ending with “-siloxane” or “-methicone.”
Don’t Let Organic Ingredients Fool You
While having organic ingredients is a step in the right direction, it doesn’t mean the product is completely organic. The product might include for example, organic vanilla extract, but the other ingredients can be as harmful and toxin-rich as ever. Don’t let a product boasting “organic ingredients” fool you.
Why Organic Matters
The products you put on your skin can be absorbed into your system. If you are applying makeup full of toxins and parabens every day, you are flooding your system with harmful chemicals. Using organic makeup is better for your skin and for your health.
Some of the toxins in makeup can also cause health issues such as skin irritations, metabolic problems, cancer and more. It is important to be conscious of what you are putting into your body as well as what is on it.
So take extra care when purchasing your makeup, and ensure you are buying organic. You can still look great and keep yourself healthy.