Going all natural should be a gradual process for your skin; especially if you have been committed to a specific regimen for many years and one that relied heavily on synthetics and silicones. Start with switching out your cleanser for a natural cleanser. Let your skin adjust to that and then move on to the toner and then the lotion or cream. Detoxing your skin all at once can actually shock your skin and you might even break out more in the beginning. This is not a bad thing! Seriously….yes, pimples stink and nobody wants to deal with that, but these kind of blemishes are a sign that your skin is purging out the toxins. It’s a sign that what you’re doing is actually working and what will remain afterwards is fresh, healthy looking skin. In actuality – most people have very positive reactions to going natural and don’t break out at all. Make sure you are choosing well formulated products based on your skin type for the best results. And as with all skincare products, do a skin test on your arm before applying anything new to delicate areas like your face. Even if something is natural, it doesn’t mean it won’t irritate your skin! Prudently read your ingredients and make sure there are no allergy concerns and that the ingredients used aren’t known skin irritants.
Guess what…it’s not regulated within the cosmetic industry but skincare brands use this word all the time. According to the Organic Trade Association, “Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored food system in the U.S.” However, this pertains to agricultural products only and falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). When it comes to cosmetics products, the term ‘organic’ is unregulated, and does not carry any real weight. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cosmetics under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). The term “organic” is not defined in either of these laws or the regulations that FDA enforces under their authority. Cosmetic products are eligible to apply for the USDA seal, but not many do.
Companies use the word Organic mostly because A) it’s a major buzz word in the consumer world and B) because some of their ingredients probably are of ‘organic’ nature if they are using natural oils and extracts. Anything that grows up from the earth is inherently organic, however the type of organic most consumers are looking for is the CERTIFIED organic kind, which many are not. Chances are if you don’t see the USDA organic seal on the product, it is not guaranteed to contain ingredients grown without pesticides, even though USDA organic certification requires the product or raw material to be of 95% organic with allowance of 5% synthetic ingredients (“nonagricultural substances approved on the National List or nonorganically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form, also on the National List.”). There are still trace amounts of pesticides, albeit very very low – found in organic produce. So, if we were to sell products derived from plants and fruit grown without ANY pesticides in our own home gardens – without the organic seal from an accredited entity – we wouldn’t be considered organic in the eyes of the USDA even though our products could essentially be ‘cleaner’ than most USDA certified organic products that bear the seal. We aren’t telling you to stop buying USDA certified organic products. We believe in the integrity of the USDA organic seal and what they stand for. We simply want to educate consumers on what they’re actually buying.
Skinnocence does not bear the USDA organic seal. The cost to be certified is often prohibitive for most small businesses. However, Skinnocence sources it’s ingredients – as much as possible – from other herbal and botanical suppliers who are USDA certified and do bear the seal. It is also important to note, that some of our organic oils, botanicals and herbs are sourced from other countries that have their own accredited entities for organic certification and bear different seals of authenticity. Should you ever have questions or proof of certification, Skinnocence will be happy to disclose that information. You will notice stars used that signal USDA organic when we list our ingredients for each product, however, that does not mean that the other ingredients are not certified organic by another countries standards depending on where it’s made. Many actually are.
OUR STANCE ON “GREENWASHING”
“Greenwashing” has become a major problem in the cosmetics industry. This is when a company claims to be natural and organic and uses that wording in their branding and packaging to lure customers in who want natural products when in actuality, they use more synthetic and toxic ingredients then they do natural and organic. This is just not ok. Click here to learn more about the worst offenders
You may notice notations at the end of listed ingredients that tells you the grade of the ingredient. You might be seeing several of these noted symbols such as:
*USDA certified organic – certified organic by the USDA – grown without pesticides, GMO’s, etc.
+Organic – some skincare companies actually farm their own ingredients without the use of pesticides, GMO’s or other chemicals and while they have not paid to become certified, by all intents and purposes, they consider themselves ‘organic’.
+Wildcrafted or Wild Harvested – this means the ingredient was harvested/collected by foraging local lands and crafting the hand collected herbs or botanical blends in their own labs. There is no real way of telling whether these ingredients are pesticide free unless the company can provide proof of soil tests from the area the ingredients are foraged.