How Do I Choose the Best Organic Skin Cream?

Erin J. Hill

Some factors you should take into consideration when choosing an organic skin cream include what you will be using it for, your budget, which fragrances you enjoy, and where you will purchase it. If you are trying to treat a particular skin condition, you should see a natural health practitioner or dermatologist before using a skin cream for treatment. Dry skin and other minor issues can usually be treated with cream containing certain key ingredients, such as shea butter. You might also want an organic skin cream to add a little fragrance to your body, without having to go use a perfume.

Organic skin creams for dry skin may include ingredients such as shea butter.
Organic skin creams for dry skin may include ingredients such as shea butter.

The most important issue to consider when buying an organic skin cream is what you will be using it for. Most are sold to help moisturize the skin, but some are also available to help heal a wide range of skin conditions. Before using any cream for a specific condition, make sure you get a proper diagnosis for your symptoms. Many skin conditions look similar and have the same symptoms, so it's not always easy to tell which problem you have based on appearance alone. Potential skin ailments can include psoriasis, eczema, ringworm, dermatitis, and allergic reactions.

A person can find organic wrinkle cream at their local health food or natural beauty supply store.
A person can find organic wrinkle cream at their local health food or natural beauty supply store.

Once you do have a proper diagnosis, there are many organic skin cream options for treatment. You will want to pick one that is tailored specifically for the condition that you have. Some ingredients, such as tea tree oil, are good for treating a host of ailments, so many creams will contain them. Others will be more targeted toward one condition or another, so it's important to double check before proceeding.

If you are only using the organic skin cream to help with general dryness, or to make your skin feel smoothy and more supple, you should ensure that the product you choose contains natural skin moisturizing ingredients. These may include Shea butter, cocoa butter, and similar naturally derived sources. Make sure you read ingredients carefully in order to avoid harsh chemicals, and to ensure that most ingredients really are organic. Most true organic products will have a seal on the front, or a list of organic ingredients listed on the back.

Since organic products can be more expensive than conventional ones, your budget is also important to consider when making a choice. There are some items that are less pricey than others, as well as certain websites or stores that sell organic products for less. If you can't afford any of the items you find, ask the manufacturer about free samples they may have available.

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