Not necessarily! It is a misconception to think that organic or natural is always better for your skin. Some considerations need to be taken into account:
1) The definition of ‘organic’ and ‘natural’
There is no regulation for companies to add the term ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ on their products. Some cosmetics contain natural ingredients, which doesn’t actually tell anything about how many, or what percentage, of its total ingredients are indeed natural. Therefore, it is difficult for a consumer to know which products are 100% natural or organic and which brands just use the term as a marketing strategy. Only brands that can give a clear definition offer products that actually means something.
2) Natural does not mean ‘safe’!
Natural ingredients are also chemicals, just as synthetic molecules. There are plenty of naturally produced toxic compounds, so ‘natural’ says nothing about the safety of an ingredient.
3) The dose
Dose really matters! Some ingredients – both synthetic and natural - are dangerous, but only in high doses. Therefore, low concentrations of the ingredient are still safe to use. For example, if we look at preservatives: there are both natural and synthetic preservatives on the market. Some synthetic preservatives are very effective in a very low dose while they are still replaced by natural preservatives with are less effective, even in a high dose.
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