Can You Eat Your Skin Care?

Did you know that the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act doesn’t require the FDA to approve every ingredient that a cosmetic company uses? Here are the facts:

  • Some very harsh chemicals can be in your cosmetics and skincare products
  • Anything applied to the skin goes directly into the bloodstream, through the lymphatic system – essentially, you may as well be eating any cosmetic product you’re using.

Many people try to avoid harmful chemicals by buying skincare products labelled ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ assuming these goods contain plant extracts from nature and/or biological ingredients that have not been touched by synthetic chemicals. However, in America, it’s possible to use ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ on a label without all the ingredients being organic or natural. After all, what does natural even mean?

One important exception to this rule includes products bearing the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) Organic Certification label. These products are required to contain 70% organic ingredientsbut can also contain chemicals too, and will only say “Made with organic [up to three organic ingredients]” on the label. If a product is 100% organic, it can bear the higher grade Certified USDA Organic seal.

The standards and requirements for each country are quite different. It comes down to how each government believes products should be labeled. In the U.S.A, the umbrella body is the Organic Trade Association, which  grew out of the organic food movement. Internationally, there are various certifying bodies, including the Soil Association in the U.K., and BDIH in Germany.

In Germany, though, skin-care products are considered organic if 95% of the product is organic. Due to these variations, Biokosmetik of Texas only carries certified organic products from Germany. That way, we know we can trust the ingredients and are confident in allowing our customers to offer the best in organic care. You can rest assured that Elements of Nature, by Dr. Grandel, and BioVegane are certified organic products from Germany.