Commercial Lotions or Soaps that Claimed to Contain All-Natural Ingredients You Need to Know

Did you ever buy commercial lotions or soaps that claimed to contain all-natural ingredients or some other skin moisturizer only to determine that you’ve wasted your money? If you said yes to this question, you’re not alone.

 

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The commercial cosmetics industry list natural ingredients of aloe vera and here lately shea butter on their product labels to satisfy the consumers’ quest for natural products. You may even have to pay more for the inclusion of natural ingredients, but are you getting the real value of what you pay for?

 

You need to watch out for the following when purchasing products that make specific claims on the label:

 

It is required by the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) that ingredients be listed in descending order of quantity. So whichever ingredient makes up most of the product should be listed first; thus, if you are looking for a shea butter product, look for that ingredient towards the top of the ingredient list.

 

Natural ingredients mean that these are extracted directly from plants or animal products as opposed to being produced synthetically. Supposedly there is no proof that natural ingredients are better for the skin, but I can certainly tell the difference when using all-natural bath oil versus the 100% mineral oil which is a synthetic oil derived from petroleum.

 

Hypoallergenic on cosmetics labeling claims the product will most likely not cause any allergic reaction. When you read terms “dermatologist-tested,” “nonirritating,” and other statements that imply the product has been tested is not a guarantee that you will not have any allergic reaction.

 

The ingredients, Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA)  are used in products that claim to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Always use caution when applying these ingredients by testing a small area on your skin first to determine if any adverse reaction will occur. You should also avoid the sun and use a sunscreen when using AHA.


You know that soap is actually a synthetic detergent bar regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and is not required to meet Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) regulations unless it claims to do something other than cleansing. If the soap claims to be a deodorizing soap it is considered cosmetic and must abide by FDA regulations. If it reduces dandruff or makes some other medical claim it must be considered a drug, carry the required drug labeling and also meet FDA safety and effectiveness requirements.

 

Handmade soap is considered a better option compared to commercial soaps because it will not dry your skin. This is because handmade soaps retain natural glycerin, a humectant which attracts moisture to your skin, whereas the commercial soaps remove the glycerin to use in more profitable products.

 

Always remember that typically handmade bath and body products contain a higher percentage of natural ingredients. Whether you purchase commercial or “natural” products, I encourage you to shop around as all products are not created equal. Know what to look for regarding ingredients and how they are listed to determine if you are getting your money’s worth. Take into consideration how the product makes your skin feel, does it dry your skin or does it feel soft and moisturized.


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