Now that you have decided on organic skincare products, you are probably worried about how to pick one from the myriad out there. It is especially hard to which organic skin care product is effective for your skin type yet still safe to use.

The pressure to use a name brand or patronise a promising start-up can easily become overwhelming. However, before settling on a particular brand of organic products you have to ensure that what you are buying is 100% wholesome.

It is common practice amongst fraudulent organics manufacturers to include steroids and chemicals in their products. These make them fast-acting and they often market them with very lofty promises. These include 3-days whitening, half-caste creams, etc. Some of these quick-acting products that are marketed under the guise of organics are even more damaging than synthetic skincare products.

Also, some manufacturers sneak chemicals into their products due to the need to impress customers with fast-acting products that give results in just days.

Before picking an organic skincare product, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

1.      Read the label.

If there is no label why bother with the product? Any manufacturer with nothing to hide puts out all their ingredients on the label. This is not just to ensure you’re getting what is promised, but also to ensure its safety. Some organic ingredients are allergens and it is important to know if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in the product.

So the first red sign is an incomplete label or no label at all.  When there is a label, do not take the promise of “no toxins” or “fragrance-free” at face value, study the label properly. Ingredients to look out for include:

  • Sulfates, Parabens, and mineral oils
  • Triclosan
  • FD and color pigments
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Isopropyl
  • Steroids such as Hydroquinone

2.      The fragrance of the products speaks a lot

Natural fragrances should not be upsetting or artificial. If you smell something artificial or irritating then you probably shouldn’t be buying the product. A tip to figuring out how an organic product should smell is to look at the label and check the ingredients. These would give you a clue as to what to expect.

Essential oils, herbs, and spices that are likely to be added to organic products would leave a natural aroma and you should be able to detect them.

3.      Reputation and popularity are your best friends

This does not mean that you should ignore start-ups or less popular organic brands though. It simply means it is important to check customer satisfaction and reviews on the products you wish to buy. Do they deliver what they promise? Are their customers satisfied and healthy? And do they really produce organic products?

All of these as well as their popularity amongst an established customer base are very important. As amazing as it is to patronize a small, relatively unknown brand, you do not want to become a lab rat. As a personal rule, I accept referrals from close friends and relatives.

Your skin is an asset and you should treat it as one. Invest both time and money in seeing that you get on the best organic skincare products. While these tips might seem stressful, they would pay off in the long run.

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