Just like how we are concerned with knowing what goes into our food, reading the label on any product you plan to put on your skin should simply be a habit before the product ever goes into your shopping cart. Ask, what is this, what is it made of and is it healthy for my body? Even so, if you see the word “organic” you might be getting tricked. In the world of marketing, this title is used very loosely on product labels to increase their perceived value. Therefore, when you read an ingredient label, you must look out for more than just the words “organic” or “all natural.”
Read on to learn the 3 key differences we have discovered between different grades of organic products.
1 – Composition of organic content
The ingredients of truly organic products are usually things you are familiar with like eucalyptus or rose. Products that are faking their organic status will have long, hard-to-pronounce chemical names like methenamine or thimerosol. Overall, the ingredients list of authentic organic products will be also significantly shorter than their non- organic counterparts.
2 – Concentration of key ingredients
Any product will be pricier if there is a higher concentration of the essential ingredients. If you look at the ingredients list, it is common to see water or aqua listed first. This indicates the product is mostly composed of water as the ingredients are listed in order of their level of concentration in the product. When you see water listed first, there will be a lower concentration of the essential ingredient.
Take aloe gel for example: if aloe is the first ingredient on the list, then the ingredient with the highest concentration in that product is aloe.
Look for products that do not list water or aqua first. This means the product will have a higher concentration of its essential ingredient. Although this can mean a higher price tag, the price seems lower when you remember you’re getting more for your money, because with a highly concentrated product you don’t need to use as much of the product as you would with a less concentrated product.
3 – Processing of chemical content (if any)
There is much controversy around certain minerals commonly used in makeup, such as titanium dioxide. But did you know that titanium dioxide can be either naturally or synthetically derived?
Synthetically derived titanium dioxide results in very small mineral particles called nanoparticles. These unbelievably tiny particles can enter your bloodstream, get absorbed by your body tissues and build up over time causing untold damage. Naturally derived titanium dioxide results in larger macro-particles, which cannot be absorbed by the skin in dangerous quantities.
It’s important to understand what ingredients go into a product, but to take your understanding of a product a step deeper, learn how these ingredients are derived.