Skincare products: Natural vs. Organic

Marion Simms
3 min readSep 2, 2020

“Be picky with your time, your friends and your skincare.”

…my mom told me this all the time growing up. Well not exactly — I just had to add skincare in the adage because I believe we must pick our skincare products carefully. After all our skin absorbs 64% of what you put on it. All these skincare trends that are popping up, however, can be quite confusing.

Let’s take a closer look…

Natural vs Organic

In recent years, the concept of using organic products has really taken off. The word ‘organic’ has sprung up all over the place — on food, clothing, and many household goods.

We carry an excellent organic line at SkinSense Wellness Spa called 302 Skincare and it sells really well. And we carry other lines that mix synthetic ingredients, cosmeceuticals with botanicals, natural plant extracts and essential oils. So, I thought it might be useful to clarify these variations so that you can decide more easily what to use on your own skin.

The terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are often interpreted as the same thing and this is not the case. A natural ingredient can mean anything from arsenic to digitalis, neither of which would be safe to use on the skin! And safety often depends on how an extract is processed.

A truly organic USDA approved product has gone through stricter regulatory conditions than other organic products which means crops are grown without using most conventional pesticides or fertilizers. There are, in fact three categories of manufacturing levels instituted by the USDA:

  • 100% organic
  • Organic
  • Made with organic ingredients.

Both natural and organic products incorporate botanical and herbal ingredients into their formulations, and both are susceptible to quality variations more so than synthetic. Plant growing conditions like weather variations and pest control, harvesting times, transport and storage can drastically affect consistency and quality. Many clients who prefer organic products have sensitive skin and are concerned about consistency as their skins don’t like change.

Other clients are concerned about the environment. Sustainable practices should be supported, and…

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Marion Simms

I have been in the skin care industry for over 25 years as teacher, beauty therapist, lecturer, consultant, writer and business owner of Skin Sense Wellness.