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I've written about organic skin care products in the past. And while I'd love to embrace them whole-heartedly as many marketers in the organic skin care industry would have me do, there's something holding me back.

Don't get me wrong. I’m all for products that are formulated with fewer chemicals, less toxic preservatives and artificial ingredients, but I don't necessarily agree  that slapping an organic label on a skin care product makes it any better.

Why Not Organic?  

I've evaluated a number of organic skin care brands over the years. And we've even carried a few as well – Dr Hauschka, Weleda. I've also just re-introduced John Masters Hair Care, which is a terrific gentle line that benefits not only hair, but inadvertently skin. Sensitive skin in particular benefits from the elimination of sodium lauryl sulfate, which can be problematic if you have sensitive skin.

I've examined the ingredients in many organic lines and tried them on for size. I've even had friends and family provide feedback. The reviews were mixed – as with any skin care product, not every product worked for everyone. In fact, many individuals with sensitive skin didn't tolerate some of the products very well.  

Here's What I'd Like To See  

Many organic skin care manufacturers can be rather precious about the purity of their products. And while I applaud products that don't incorporate ingredients that can generate free radicals, cause skin sensitization or disrupt hormones, let's also pay attention to what these products can do for skin. Do they contain ingredients that have clinical studies to back up their efficacy? Are the ingredients available in sufficient concentration to deliver results? Last, but not least, have the products been preserved adequately to protect the integrity of the formulation?

Regulations surrounding the use of the word organic in skincare still aren't tightly regulated. Perhaps what's more important than an organic label are products that deliver skin benefits without causing harm. I'm not quite sure how that would be regulated, but it would be a step in the right direction. It's refreshing to see that some skin care manufacturers, whether organic or not, are going there. You can be certain that I'm evaluating them as I write this post.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].


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