You can find “organic” skincare products just about everywhere, including drugstores, department stores and natural markets like Whole Foods.
But just because a product is labeled organic, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically better for your skin.
Sometimes a product with naturally derived ingredients that have been tweaked in a lab can have more benefits than a truly organic product. However, anyone with sensitive skin needs to read the ingredients on natural and organic products carefully, since essential oils—which can be a major cause of skin reactions—are often used as preservatives.
Other commonly used plant-based ingredients can be irritants as well, whether they are organically grown or not. Ones to watch out for include balsam of Peru, lime and kiwi. Check out these non-organic yet naturally sourced ingredients that can do a world of good for your skin:
Recently, I’ve been impressed with the natural offerings from Burt’s Bees and Origins. But if you insist on going organic, then look for antioxidants that can help your skin such as green tea, grapeseed extract, aloe, resveratrol and argan oil. Licorice extract is also gentle yet effective for fading discoloration.