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The Difference Between Natural, Organic, and Clean Skincare Products

With so many skincare products on the market, it can be hard to know the difference between natural, organic and clean. The phenomenon of the three is known as the going green movement of skincare, where products promise to be safe for your skin and the environment. But, with so many different words and terminology, it can be hard to know what is really in your skincare products. Read on below to learn the key differences between natural, organic and clean skincare products.

Natural Skincare Products

Natural skincare products, or natural ingredients are considered to be anything that is plant, mineral or animal by-product. But, beware, as some products contain a handful of natural skin care ingredients, but also have other synthetic ingredients. How can you tell if it’s really natural? Turn the bottle upside down and read the ingredients list. On any bottle, ingredients are listed in order of percentage from highest to lowest. So, if you see an ingredient at the top, it means it has more of that ingredient in it than the others below it. Some ingredients though may sounds synthetic, like benzyl alcohol, but they aren’t actually harmful for you. This is just a natural preservative. So, make sure to do your research!

Organic Skincare Products

If you see the term “organic” on a product you own or are considering buying, it refers to how the ingredients in the product were farmed, meaning they must be prepared and grown without the existence of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, chemicals, and other harmful additives. In the beauty world, the usage of the word organic is highly scrutinized, so if you see the word organic on a product, you can trust it has been reviewed as truly organic. But, you’ll want to make sure that any product you want to be 100% organic is as a product can use the word organic although not all ingredients are truly organic. Some governing bodies only insist that a product contain between 70-95% ingredients that are organic to use the term.

Certified Organic Skincare Products

For a skincare product to claim its ‘certified organic’, it has to meet a lot of strict standards and specifications that go much further than simply stating they’re organic. For this, ingredients in your skincare have to be grown and made under the same organic standards, but the percentage of organic ingredients has to be much higher.  If you have the choice of buying a skincare product that is Organic or Certified Organic, you’ll want to go with the Certified version, even if it costs more.

Clean Skincare Products

If you find a product claiming to be ‘Clean,’ it means skincare products that are made with the least amount of toxins. They are truly clean and the best for you. These product swill include non-toxic ingredients that are normally linked to harmful health effects from hormone disruption, to cancer, to skin irritation.  Luckily, there are plenty to choose from these days, as more and more brands are joining this space.