You eat organic foods to avoid many of the chemicals in commercial foods. When you choose Certified Organic skin care products, you do the same for your skin. This is especially important because what you apply to your skin invariably winds up in your blood, tissues and organs.
"Certified Organic" means agricultural products are grown and processed per the USDA's national organic standards… then certified by USDA-accredited state and private certification organizations.
There is a specific process – and a price tag – to becoming certified.
Set standards must be met and extensive paperwork filed to verify that those standards are met. Certifying agents then review applications for certification eligibility.
Qualified inspectors conduct annual onsite inspections of organic operations, observing their production and processing practices to see if they're in compliance with organic standards…
But in general, your product ingredients are the preeminent issue. Do they qualify as food? Are they organic and free of potentially harmful pesticides?
We use ingredients that the USDA permits in its certified organic food – using the same standards for these items as for those items that are intended specifically for human consumption. And we proudly list every ingredient in our products,so you can examine them for yourself.
Check out this sampling of food ingredients from our Dr. Mercola USDA Certified Organic Skin Care line that support a vibrant and youthful appearance.
Astounding Natural Beauty – Compliments of Nature
You'll probably recognize a number of the ingredients in this skin care line… things like apple juice, apple cider vinegar, green tea, aloe vera, coconut oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil and vitamin E.
But we didn't stop there…
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using volatile plant oils to promote relaxation and well-being. There is much ongoing research into the interrelationships between psychology and fragrances.
Dr. Mercola Organic Skin Care products utilize aromatherapy ingredients to contribute to your peaceful relaxation, energize you and much more.
Take a look at some of these key organic aromatherapy ingredients and the astonishing ways they promote your skin's healthy appearance and your overall well-being:
- Sweet Orange Oil
A valuable herb that originated in India, this essential oil is refreshing, fruity and tangy – as if you've just peeled a fresh juicy orange. Its light and airy aroma is cheering, refreshing and uplifting, while it also contributes to your tranquility. Sweet orange oil is also considered an excellent skin tonic and supports rejuvenation.
I'm sure you know oranges are rich in vitamin C. They also contain bioflavonoids like hesperidin that continue the work of vitamin C. In other words, the hesperidin complements the antioxidant effects of vitamin C.
But the oils found in the orange peel also contain a phytonutrient called limonene which does some remarkable things for you, like providing antioxidants.
You'll find sweet orange oil in our in Organic Sugar Exfoliator.
Calendula is a versatile herb with fiery red and yellow petals, similar to a marigold, although a different variety from the marigolds you commonly see in gardens.
Calendula dates back to the days of the ancient Egyptians. Yet even today it remains one of the most popular herbs for supporting healthy-looking skin. When mixed with other oils such as olive oil, calendula becomes even more nourishing.
It's widely used to moisturize, soften all skin types and rejuvenate your skin.
Relaxation is an additional benefit of calendula.
You can enjoy the spicy-sweet, bitter-warm aroma of organic calendula in our Organic Restorative Facial Serum.
Chamomile is considered by many to be the world's most soothing herb. Its sweet, herbal and fruity scent promotes relaxation.
Not only that… it also soothes your skin. And it's generally regarded as safe – with few or no known side effects.
Constituents of chamomile include the bioflavonoids apigenin, luteolin and quercetin.
Chamomile is included in our Restorative Facial Serum.
These are just a few of the special ingredients in Dr. Mercola Organic Skin Care products. In fact, this is just a fraction of the story…
In My Opinion, Plant Oils Are Far Superior to Petroleum Oil
Not only do you receive benefits from aromatherapy – you also obtain natural and refreshing plant oils and butters that your skin will delight in.
No petroleum products allowed… because I want you to look and feel at your greatest each and every day., And you can do that by using true nutrients that help keep your skin looking its best.
Let's look at a couple of these special, exotic oils here – more details will follow on each individual product page.
Discover Today How the Many Marvelous Qualities of Sea Buckthorn Oil Promote Your Beautiful-Looking Skin
Legend has it that before the 12th century, certain Greek warriors would release weak horses to die, but they came back looking better than ever.
The turnaround was traced to the whole berries of a scrubby shrub called Hippophae rhamnoides, which means "tree that makes the horse shine."
Native to Russia, northern China and northern Mongolia, sea buckthorn's seeds produce thick reddish-orange oil with the viscosity of syrup.
Since its discovery, sea buckthorn has been revered for its nourishing and rejuvenating properties. And no wonder…
Sea buckthorn seed oil is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition. It provides protein, plus more than 100 nutrients, such as linolenic acid, vitamins E and A, carotene, polyphenols, flavonoids and trace elements including iron, copper, manganese and selenium.
Its rich content of flavonoids, glucosides, phenols, terpenes, vitamins E, A and C, beta-carotene and trace elements (iron, zinc, selenium, manganese) are all antioxidants with very low molecular weight that neutralize free radicals. Collectively, they are even far more beneficial than alone.
Comparing Sea Buckthorn to Other Skin Creams
Experts compared sea buckthorn oil with five frequently used skin creams. They found that the free fatty acids, carbohydrates, phytosterols, phosphatidyl, vitamins E and A, and carotenoids were many times more beneficial in the sea buckthorn seed oil than the other products.
These components are not acting individually but are well coordinated, supplementing and reinforcing each other to promote your best-looking skin. Therefore, the antioxidant property of sea buckthorn seed oil is not simply the sum total of its individual elements but the synergistic effect of all of them working together.
Free fatty acids are easily absorbed by the skin. Linoleic acid promotes tissue rejuvenation. Hydrocarbon preserves your skin's moisture, softens and lubricates your skin, keeping it smooth and fair.
Sea buckthorn oil is also an antioxidant.
It is reported to be a very effective agent, helping to control the appearance of wrinkles, reduce dryness and generally renew the skin.
Sea buckthorn's record for rejuvenation makes it a welcome ingredient for natural and organic skin care products. And that makes it perfect for our Organic Restorative Facial Serum.