Don’t be fooled by some products (or the company’s) name. Words like ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ don’t necessarily mean what you think.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not have strict guidelines for ‘cosmetic’ (grade) skincare labeling or marketing definitions -such as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. This basically means that anyone can create a synthetic-based beauty product with just one plant derivative (that may do nothing for your skin), and put a label on it that says ‘natural product’.
Also, if a dodgy batch is released on the market (containing a nasty bacteria etc), the FDA does not have to recall the products. In fact, the Cosmetic manufacturers are not even required to register their cosmetic products or report cosmetic-related injuries to FDA at all.
‘Clinical’ grade skin products on the other hand are subject to FDA approval. In order to be approved, these products undergo months and months of rigorous testing and clinical trials.
Something else to consider
Natural is not always good for the skin. Apricot seeds (pits) are a natural way to exfoliate, but small sharp edges can create micro-tears in the delicate lipid barrier, allowing distress. Mould, bacteria, and fungus are natural but you don’t want them growing in your skincare? Poison oak is natural, but you wouldn’t want to rub it on your face? Although red irritated skin, stinging and swelling are natural reactions to some of these “natural products” —it is not something we want to experience.
SO …..Organic labels on your food means something, but when it comes to skincare products, it is better to embrace science and technology over hype and false promises. Remember, just because products are labeled “organic” or “natural”, there is no guarantee that they are safe.
Rodan + Fields (skincare company) follow all FDA guidelines and constantly review ingredient information and testing data. They are also members of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) which initiated the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel as an independent, nonprofit, scientific body that assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics and skincare products. In addition, irritant testing is conducted on all products and all regimens undergo dermatologist-run third party clinical testing to ensure safety and efficacy. The products are all cruelty free, meaning they are NOT tested on animals.
Rodan + Fields skincare products do contain high botanicals and other natural ingredients such as licorice and chamomile. However 100% natural ingredients do not address skin concerns and change the skin. Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields have over 50 years of experience as dermatologists witnessing the power of prescriptions and OTC-Over the Counter medications. They know that it takes a combination of natural products and real medicines to change skin. These results can not be achieved with 100% natural products. Some natural and botanical products found in Rodan + Fields products include;- Chamomile, Licorice Root Extract, Avocado oil, Jojoba, Tea Tree, Ginseng Root Extract, Olive Fruit Extract, Macadamia Seed Oil, Lavender Oil, Aloe, Kaolin Clay etc..
Unfortunately ….100% natural products often rot in the container before they get to you!!
SO ……always check products are ‘clinically tested’ and make sure it refers to the entire product, not just single ingredients.
If you are looking to improve your skin this year, why not try the Solution Tool (below website) and get your very own personalised Regime of clinical grade products.
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