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Organic Skin Care Ingredients

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Some skin care ingredients, like the chemical surfactant sodium lauryl sulfate, have come under scrutiny recently, indicted for being "known irritants" or worse, possible carcinogens. Therefore, more companies are turning to organic ingredients for their skin care products. In order to be labeled "organic," ingredients must meet rigorous requirements set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Cleansing is the first step in any skin care routine. Organic cleansers usually use a blend of fruit or nut oils along with other botanical ingredients. One such cleanser, Dr. Mercola's Organic Citrus Cleanser, uses apple juice to exfoliate and soften skin; sunflower, coconut, jojoba and sesame oil, for their moisturizing properties; green tea for its antioxidant properties; aloe vera to balance skin's pH; sweet orange oil and chamomile for their aromatherapeutic benefits.

Miessence Rejuvenating Cleanser for Aging and Dry Skin also uses aloe vera to balance skin's pH, sunflower oil to moisturize, and chamomile for its aromatherapeutic benefits. This products uses geranium and patchouli essential oils, which are known for their ability to rehydrate wrinkled skin; gotu kola extract, known for its ability to calm inflammation; hops for their skin-softening properties; horsetail extracts for wound healing. Miessence's cleanser also contains yucca schidigera, a plant used by Native Americans for its ability to cleanse and replace lost nutrients.


Exfoliants remove the top, dead layer of damaged skin cells to reveal the smooth, plump, healthy cells below. Organic products use natural ingredients as exfoliants. Dr. Mercola's USDA Certified Organic Sugar Exfoliator uses raw cane sugar to cleanse and exfoliate; olive oil, sesame seed oil, shea butter, beeswax and cucumber extract to moisturize and remove signs of aging; jojoba oil, sunflower oil and watercress extract to nourish and keep skin looking smooth; sweet orange oil for its aromatherapeutic benefits.

Miessence Organics Garnet Exfoliant contains polished alluvial garnet to remove dead skin cells, plus aloe vera leaf juice to balance pH; lemon and bergamot essential oils to add natural fragrance; sclerotium rolfsii gum, a natural polysaccharide thickener. Miessence Gentle Exfoliant is a less abrasive exfoliant. It uses natural jojoba beads to remove skin cells, and lavender and bitter orange essential oils in place of the lemon and bergamot oils used in the Garnet Exfoliant.


Organic moisturizers help skin attract and retain moisture. Common ingredients in organic moisturizing products include fruit and nut butters and oils, essential oils and other nourishing botanicals. Dr. Mercola's USDA Certified Organic Cupuacu Day Moisturizer contains shea butter, cupuacu butter and cucumber extract to moisturize the skin; sweet almond oil, rice bran, aloe vera juice and watercress extract for their ability to supply the skin with vitamins and minerals; and acai oil for its high levels of antioxidants.

Other ingredients used in organic moisturizers are sea buckthorn oil, a nutritional powerhouse; calendula oil, prized for its anti-inflammatory properties; avocado oil; lavender oil; rosehip oil; marshmallow root; chamomile.

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