How to recognize an organic line of products

In order to legally declare that a product is certified organic, it must contain certified organic ingredients, which means that almost three quarters of ingredients of its formulation must be of natural origin.

But how can you get through the maze of products available? Do not rely on the green and flowery packaging and the words BIO or NATURAL. Some manufacturers indicate some of the extracts, but they appear at the end of the ingredient list.

Look for logos of organizations issuing these certifications:

Écocert (EU certification)
Cosmétique bio – Cosmos standard (EU certification)
USDA Organic (US certification)
Certified Natural Cosmetics – BDIH (German certification)
Québec vrai (Québec certification)
ÉcoLogo (a.k.a. Choix environnemental – Canadian Standard)

Please note, however, that organic does not necessarily mean more efficient or innocuous! Some ingredients can be irritating or provoke allergies, just like typical cosmetic products and vice versa. Based on their concentration, some organic ingredients can also have a more superficial action than those made from biotechnology.

Source: Journal La Presse (daily paper) – December 2014

Exfoliants and the environment

Enjoy a soft and silky smooth skin without destroying aquatic life.

Microplastics are added in many exfoliating products or in soaps as a mild abrasive for skin; it is a cheaper alternative (but not biodegradable) to bamboo fragments, algae, kernels or horsehair gloves, which were used in the past.

These nanoparticles essentially made of polymers (a petrol-derived plastic) are rejected in the sewers after the product has been used and reappear in our rivers. They hang on to algae or settle in the silt. As they are often transparent, they are misidentified with plankton. As a matter of fact, significant quantities of many different microplastics can be found in marine organisms consumed by humans (e.g.: oysters, mussels, water snails, fishes and shellfish).

Source: Wikipédia

Debunk Medical-Aesthetic

Medical-aesthetic is practiced by a dermatologist or a doctor who has been duly trained in plastic surgery; or a registered nurse who is supervised by one of these two professionals. An aesthetician without these specific trainings is not allowed to provide medico-aesthetic care.

Medical-aesthetic includes all injectable filling products (Botox®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, etc.) and chemical peels. When it comes to using devices like IPL, microdermabrasion, and lasers, an aesthetician’s activities are limited: strict rules exist and technicians cannot go beyond their field of expertise.

Cosmetic products using the name “Medical-aesthetic” contain no ingredient with higher concentrations or particular medical qualities. If they do, make sure the DIN (Drug Identification Number) is indicated. It corresponds to a pharmaceutical product.