Skin Care Labeling Defined Pt. 1

skin care termsCertain words used to describe the quality of a product or set of ingredients their way into the marketing and packaging of many skin care products. They sound good, but exactly what do each of them mean? Here are some basic descriptions to help you stay informed and up-to-date.

Organic – According to the National Organic Standards Board:

Organic’ is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.

A product containing any amount of “organic” ingredients can be labeled as organic, so this word can be a bit confusing. For something a bit more official, look for products that are certified organic from the USDA. We like organic ingredients, but don’t necessarily think organic is the be all end all. It’s also good to look for products without harsh synthetics, dyes, known irritants and petroleum on the label.

non-comedogenic -means that the ingredients used in the particular product are not known to cause comedones, thus the product will not likely clog the pores or act occlusive. An example of an occlusive, comedogenic? Pure Vaseline or certain lip balms (because they are meant to form a barrier on top of the skin.)

dermatologist tested – means that the set of ingredients used have at one time or another been tested by a licensed dermatologist. The test results could be another matter altogether.

biogenic – refers to an ingredient found in nature (like plant extracts) that mimics a similar ingredient found in the human body. For example, vitamins, antioxidants, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid and certain peptides all play important roles in the body and the skin. When these ingredients are absorbed through he pores of the skin, the body responds quickly, breaking them down and using them for the overall benefit of any cells in need. This practice of using biogenic ingredients is based on the concept that ingredients will be both active and gentle if they are recognized by the body as something familiar and beneficial.

For Part 2 check back tomorrow……….

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