Classic cosmetics often contain chemicals that can be used by our bodyvery harmful. No wonder more and more people prefer to reach outafter natural variants and in drugstores she is looking for products with a sticker„BIO“. But before you throw a similar product in the basket, come with us to see how to recognize that cosmetics have a truly natural origin.
1. Pay attention to INCI
INCI or International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients(International nomenclature of cosmetic ingredients) is the legislation of the European Union, according to which every cosmetic manufacturer must havecomposition on the packaging of products. You will find out thanks to what ingredients the product contains. The substance that is listed first has in the productthe highest share. Those substances that are represented by only 1 or less can be arranged arbitrarily. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of it often abused and lists the ingredients in such an order that it looks like there are more in the product and others much less. Therefore, it may happen thatplant ingredients are at the top of the list and in the bottom you will find preservatives, although their ratio is the opposite. MarkingINCI does not mean that the product does not contain chemicals. It is difficult for the average user to find outwhat each component represents, therefore, we recommend studying the harmful chemicals that may be contained in cosmetics. We presented the most harmful ones to you in the last article.
2. Know the certificates
Every natural cosmetics should havecorresponding certificate. It is usually visibly located, so you should have no problem finding it. We will introduce you to the most common certificates that you will recognizeecological origin of the product.BDIH – The most used certificate is BDIH. Declares that by purchasing the productyou will not support the oil industry. It also does not contain synthetic preservatives or fragrances. In addition, it has not been tested on animals anddoes not contain raw materials from dead animals. The plant components come from organic farming or controlled harvesting.EcoCert – Indicates organic cosmetic products. You will also find out the percentage of ingredients from organic farming on the packaging. Cosmetics have not been tested on animals andpackaging is always recyclable or biodegradable.BIO cosmetics – This mark is awarded by the French Trade Association for Ecologically Controlled CosmeticsCosmebio. The marking is based on EcoCert standards.USDA Organic – American national form of certification that is awardedaccording to the criteria laid down for organic farming. It supports trade, organic production and rural communities. The product must containat least 95 components of organic farmingí.ICEA – Products marked for this production have used exclusively natural, non-genetically manipulated raw materials, which to a greater extent come from organic farming or controlled harvesting in the wild.NaTrue – The international non-profit organization NaTrue True Friends of Natural and Organic Cosmetics identifies products that are more than 75 natural. They do not contain petroleum substances, synthetic dyes, perfumes or preservatives.y. Demeter – Labeling of biodynamic agricultural products. It is awarded in addition to organic farming, such as a new method of fertilizing and revitalizing the soil, which uses special biodynamic preparations. Products marked in this way have a content of at least 95 organic ingredients. CPK – Czech quality mark awarded by a non-profit organizationControl of organic farming. A product with such a certificate contains only natural ingredients. Higher degreeCPK BIO indicates that the product may only contain raw materials from organic farming.
3. Beware of controversial certificates
If you are not indifferent to animal rights, you will definitely look for one that when buying cosmeticsdoes not use animal products. You will know it, for example, by the certificateVegan. It is awarded by a British non-profit organizationVegan Society. Products with the Vegan logo therefore do not contain, for example, honey or beeswax, which is not harmful to human skin at all, but on the other hand they may containt contained PEG (polyethylene glycol causes skin irritation or other harmful substances. Another controversial certificate ise Leaping Bunny. This is an American cosmetics certification, whichnot tested on animals. But since 2013 it has been in the European Unionnationwide testing ban cosmetics on animals. This means that not all products, even conventional ones, are used by animals in their tests. The Leaping Bunny label is important for cosmetics imported from the USA, but only as a resultyou pay more for an unnecessary certificate.
4. Try applications that check the ingredients for you
As a regular consumer, you usually do not have a chance to understand the complex chemical composition of cosmetics. That's why it's their turnMobile application, whichdangerous substances will be detected for you. You simply install the application on your phone and then use ityou scan the barcode. The application recognizes toxic substances and some will even offer you the purchase of a better alternative.Which applications to choose from:
- Skin Deep
5. Check the ingredients in the dictionary
Not all products can be found in mobile applications. At such a moment, you have to deal with it yourself.Use smart helpers. One of them is, for example, a bookThe secret of cosmeticswhich describesmore than 1470 cosmetic ingredients and their impact on the human body. You can also help yourself in the online world and grind on the Cosmetics Ingredients page. Here you will learn more aboutINCIso that you know the advice the next time you buy.
Your health should always come first. Therefore, prefer natural cosmetics and pay close attention to whatindividual products contain. Your body will thank you.