Organic Skin Care: What Is It And Does It Really Work?
All sorts of words that once applied only to food and diets can now also apply to skin care. There’s vegan skin care, natural skin care, organic skin care, and so much more.
We can understand how it’s hard to keep all of them straight, much less know what works for your skin!
In this article, we’d like to break down organic skin care so you can understand what it is and — the big question — whether or not it works. Then we’ll tell you about a few skincare products made with certified organic ingredients and why we love them.
What Is Organic Skin Care?
First, let’s define the word “organic” in this context. While chemists tinkering in the lab would use the word differently, “organic” items (such as food and the ingredients in skincare products) are grown without the use of pesticides, hormones, and the like.
So, what makes skin care organic? There are a few different ways to look at it.
To wear the official USDA Organic seal, a skincare product has to be made of at least 95% organic material. However, even products that don’t quite earn the organic classification can be made with organic ingredients. That’s why we recommend always checking product labels!
The other factor is that some smaller companies can’t pay for the expensive USDA certification, so their products may be organic but are missing the official seal. Once again, check out the list of ingredients.
To sum up, organic skin care is just what it sounds like: skincare products made with ingredients that are organically grown.
But to fully understand what organic skin care is, it’s important to differentiate it from a couple of other terms you’ve probably heard.
Natural Skin Care
“Natural skin care” is not a regulated or technical term. That being said, it typically refers to products made with ingredients that come straight from nature, aka: plants.
What sort of botanical (plant) ingredients are used in skincare products?
- Coconut oil
- Aloe vera
- Colloidal oatmeal
- Avocado oil
- Olive oil
And that’s just to name a few!
Vegan Skin Care
The word “vegan” applies to skin care in the same way that it applies to diets: no animal products or animal by-products allowed!
Why is this important? One reason is that the removal of animal products in skin care also gets rid of many of the questionable additives that typically go along with them.
Hint: Vegan skin care is not just for those who are sticking to an animal-free diet. You can be a meat-lover and still benefit from vegan skin care!
Cruelty-Free Skin Care
Vegan and cruelty-free are not always one and the same.
Cruelty-free simply means that a product and its ingredients were not tested on animals. A product can be vegan but not cruelty-free and vice versa.
Regardless of whether you’re opting for organic or vegan skin care, if you’re looking for cruelty-free products, all you have to do is — again — check your product’s label.
(Hint: All of our Babo Botanicals products are cruelty-free, so you can always feel good about using them for yourself or your family! Learn more about our testing standards in this article.)
Does Organic Skin Care Work?
The big question: Does organic skin care work? The short answer to this question is “yes.”
Skincare products that are certified organic or made with organic ingredients can do a wonderful job of cleaning, soothing, and moisturizing your skin! But something doesn’t work just because it’s organic.
Plus, here at Babo Botanicals, we think asking the “Does it work?” question isn’t enough. The other two questions we need to ask of our skincare products are: “Is it safe for my skin?” and “Is it safe for my body?”
This is where natural, organic products really shine! You want skincare products that will do their job without covering your skin and filling your body with all sorts of yucky ingredients.
Organic is a good place to start but doesn’t tell the whole story of what else might be in the product.
You’ll want to look for products that not only include organic ingredients but are also free of harmful or irritating ingredients.
Here are some ingredients to avoid:
- Synthetic dye
- Synthetic fragrances (parfum)
Stay away from the above list and instead opt for products with an ingredient list that you can read!
Go with products that are full of botanical ingredients like colloidal oats to soothe and protect sensitive skin; calendula to condition your skin; and avocado oil to provide your skin with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, D, and E.
Skin Care Made With Certified Organic Ingredients
Now you know a bit more about organic skin care and choosing products made with natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals and preservatives.
So, let’s take a look at some specific products that are plant-based and contain healthy, skin-safe, organic ingredients!
Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash
Babo Botanicals Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash is a 3-in-1 product that’s perfect for your little one’s bedtime routine… But we won’t judge if the whole family ends up using it, too! It’s just that good.
This plant-based formula contains meadowsweet oil to gently moisturize delicate skin and smells of french lavender to relax, soothe, and facilitate more restful sleep.
As far as certified organic ingredients go, this product boasts several. It’s made with organic aloe vera, argan oil, shea butter, coconut oil, molasses, rosemary, and our organic Nutri-Soothe™ complex.
And it’s not only that. You can rest even easier because our Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash is EWG Verified.
To create big bubbles with this sulfate-free, plant-based formula, pour at least two capfuls of the bubble bath under vigorously running water when you start filling the tub. Then, simply enjoy.
Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40
When it comes to the daily facial sunscreen you wear, a mineral sunscreen with organic ingredients is the way to go!
Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 fits the bill to keep you naturally glowing and protected from the sun at the same time.
This 100% mineral moisturizing sunscreen is not only gentle and soothing for sensitive skin but is also enriched with antioxidants rose hip and green tea. Plus, it’s packed with organic, skin-healthy ingredients like aloe vera, avocado, and jojoba oil.
Miracle Moisturizing Cream
To smooth and hydrate dry skin the organic way, turn to Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Cream.
This new and improved formula is made with even more organic ingredients! It contains organic aloe vera, argan oil, coconut oil, olive oil, rosemary extract, and our organic Nutri-Soothe™ complex, which includes organic calendula.
With colloidal oatmeal and organic calendula, this rich cream is designed to soothe and smooth irritated skin and protect dry, chafed skin.
This is a must-have to comfort eczema, rashes, or dry patches and to moisturize dry skin all over your body!
Pretty & Protective Lip Tint Trio SPF 15
If you haven’t hopped on the clean beauty train, it’s not too late to join! Start by adding Babo Botanicals Radiant Lip Tint SPF 15 Trio to your regimen.
This is more than just a pretty lip tint! It softens and conditions your lips while providing SPF 15 protection with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, making it reef-safe.
As far as organic ingredients, you can count on organic beeswax, shea butter, calendula, and more! Check out the ingredient list for yourself. We think you’ll love what you see.
Choose from three different shades to find your favorite: Wild Rose, Beach Rose, and Plum Rose. Let your lips shine!
Bring organic ingredients to your shower routine with Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Conditioner.
This gentle moisturizing conditioner is made with colloidal oatmeal and organic calendula to nourish, hydrate, and condition your hair as well as organic virgin coconut oil to leave your hair soft, smooth, and shiny!
It also contains our Nutri-Soothe™ blend, which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
Tip: If conditioning your hair isn’t a part of your routine or you’re not sure if you’re doing it right, check out our article here.
Finding a skincare product with organic ingredients doesn’t automatically mean it’s a perfect product, but it’s a great place to begin!
In addition, look for plant-based ingredients and stay away from anything that contains parabens, phthalates, silicone, synthetic dye or fragrances, and the like.
Start your organic skincare journey with Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40, Pretty & Protective Lip Tint Trio SPF 15, or Moisturizing Conditioner and get a taste of what plant-based, organic ingredients can do for your skin!