All Natural or Not? Check the Label

All Natural or Not? Check the Label

If you’re ever worried whether the products you’re buying are natural, you should look at the ingredients and research the ones you don’t recognize. It can be difficult to understand what’s in a product, especially when you see extremely long and hard-to-pronounce chemical names.

Even natural or naturally derived ingredients can be hard to identify. For example, maranta arundinacea root is more commonly known as arrowroot powder, and montmorillonite is a type of clay.

“You shouldn’t have to be a toxicologist or a chemist to know which product to carry home”.

What should you be looking for, then?

There are databases to help consumers make more informed decisions about their beauty product purchases. Like EWG’s Skin Deep Database, which provides scores for over 74,000 products based on their ingredients and potential health risks. EWG also has its own mark of verification for products that are free from chemicals the organization identifies as harmful.

Beautypedia, which features skin care and beauty product reviews based on medical and scientific research, is another great resource for consumers, as is The Good Guide, an online database with ratings for over 75,000 products. There are also apps like Think Dirty, which helps consumers find information about any potentially harmful ingredients in their favorite beauty products.

Whenever you’re introducing new products into your routine, you should always do your research. Look up the ingredients, figure out if they are natural or organic (if that’s important to you) and, most importantly, consult a dermatologist if you’re at all concerned about what’s in your products.

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