The Difference Between Organic and Synthetic Skincare
It’s not easy being a consumer in the crowded, confusing skincare space. With tens of thousands of global brands clamoring for market share, oftentimes outrageous claims are being made by companies who prefer to think about their profitability instead of their customer‘s skin care needs. One part of the industry our customers get very confused about is the difference between organic and synthetic skin care products.
As a company that was founded on products using imported peptides from overseas research partners, the vast majority of SkinPro products are synthetic. These products incorporate laboratory-derived ingredients that are often chemical copies of natural ingredients. The major advantage of using synthetic ingredients is the ability to compound ingredients together and blend them into a formula. Much like certain ingredients work well together in the kitchen, the same can be said for laboratory-made synthetic ingredients that work together synergistically to provide a better overall result for the end-user.
On the other hand, natural skincare products aren’t defined very well in the industry. Which is perhaps why there is so much confusion. “Natural” means many different things to different people. The term gets misused often when a manufacturer creates a product that has for example “blue chamomile” in it. The blue chamomile is a naturally derived ingredient, but does that make the product natural?
It comes down to what it’s compounded with and blended with. Often, a brand will mislabel their products as natural when in fact, the blend a naturally derived ingredient into a formula that has synthetic ingredients. This is a huge problem that could result in penalties if they are caught by authorities.
The only products that are 100% USDA Certified organic will have this label on the actual product. SkinPro makes one organic eye serum that fits the bill to this, and it was a process submitting the ingredient deck, complete with actives, to the USDA for final approval. Once they reviewed this and put their stamp of approval on it, we were able to officially market the products as 100% organic, and also vegan.