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Natural Antiaging Skin Care Products and Why You Want Them

Natural antiaging skin care is nontoxic skin care.  The natural antiaging products industry can be confusing at best.  Fortunately there are ways to sort out the truth so that you can buy safe and effective products.  Dr. Haushka Skin Care is an example of a company certified by organizations with the highest standards.

From it's German website:  “Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products are in transition from the BDIH seal for “certified natural cosmetics” to the international label for natural and organic cosmetics 'NATRUE'. This label was developed with a view to creating as high and transparent a standard as possible for natural and organic cosmetics and with a view to offering customers the best possible product quality.”

There are currently many different organizations working to certify companies to natural, organic, biodynamic, cruelty-free, Fair Trade, and ecologically sustainable standards.  I have listed most of them below with a short explanation.  Some of their sites have lists of companies they have certified.

Skin Care Products are not Regulated

Here are some facts about government regulation personal care products.

This is from the Environmental Working Group website, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:

 “Fact – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test products for safety. FDA does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the market. The agency conducts pre-market reviews only for certain color additives and active ingredients in cosmetics classified as over-the-counter drugs (FDA 2005, 2010).

More than 500 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union (EWG 2007b). 

Nearly 100 products contain ingredients considered unsafe by the International Fragrance Association (EWG 2007c). 

A wide range of nanomaterials whose safety is in question may be common in personal care products (EWG 2006). 

22% of all personal care products may be contaminated with the cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane, including many children’s products (EWG 2007d, CDC 2009). 

60% of sunscreens contain the potential hormone disruptor oxybenzone that readily penetrates the skin and contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans (EWG 2010, Calafat et al 2008). 

61% of tested lipstick brands contain residues of lead (CSC 2007).”

You can look up an ingredient, a product or a company at their site to see the safety ratings at the Environmental Working Group

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is “a coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.”

1500 companies signed their Compact for Safe Cosmetics.  You can find out more about the Compact and search the list of companies at their website.

What Is Natural, Anyway?

Natural can mean just about anything these days.  It has become a marketing term.  Fortunately there are ways to tell if a product really is natural. The Natural Products Association has a set of standards for  personal care products companies to follow, along with a list of ingredients that qualify as natural. The organization will certify products. 

Certifications for Natural Antiaging Skin Care Products

NATRUE Certification

An international nonprofit organization with a goal of promoting and protecting natural beauty and skin care products.  It has 3 Levels of Certification:  Natural, Natural with Organic Portion, and Organic.  They regulate three ingredient groups.  One group, Nature-derive substances, includes surfactants (cleansing and foaming agents), but they must be biodegradable.

Dr Haushka and Weleda are both NATRUE certified, along with many other companies; most of which are outside the United States.  Find out more at NATRUE

BDIH is short for the Federation of German Industries and Trading Firms for Medicines, Natural Products, Food Supplements and Body Care (Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie und Handelsunternehmen für Arzneimittel, Reformwaren, Nahrungsergänzungsmittel und Körperpflege, or BDIH in German.  This organization requires companies to engage in Fair Trade, and to meet the highest environmental and natural substance standards in order to be certified.

See BDIH certified companies BDIH

Demeter Certification is a standard for biodynamic farms and products.

ECOCERT is a certifying body for sustainable development.  It began in 2003, and certifies companies that meet their standards.  For a natural certification, the product must contain at least 50% of ingredients must come from organic sources.  The  natural and organic label requires that 95% of ingredients come from organic sources.  

In addition, the packaging must be recycable or biodegradable, the product must be free from “GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).”  The website has an approved list of raw materials and the organization performs on-site audits for the certified companies.

To find out which companies are cruelty free, check out LeapingBunny

Some of the certifying bodies mentioned above require no animal testing as one of their standards.

Weleda makes Demeter-certified biodynamic products.  They are also certified by NATRUE and BDIH.  Their products contain no synthetic preservatives, no synthetic fragrances, no synthetic chemicals, no synthetic anything.  

Using their skin care products is not only a healthy choice, but a way to really nurture yourself. They have some new natural antiaging skin care products.  Tests have shown reduced wrinkles and added moisture within 28 days.  See Weleda and Dr. Hauschka products below

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