Just because the label says organic natural skin care, you cannot assume that what you are buying is free of toxins and impurities. Unlike the labeling requirements for organic foods, cosmetics are not required to be evaluated. They may contain some organically grown plant extracts and oils, but their inclusion is strictly voluntary.

Many of the advertising terms that cosmetic companies use are not legally defined. For example, phrases like doctor tested and hypo-allergenic can be used by any company, regardless of the ingredients that are included in the product.

Many companies are completely honest, but some are simply unaware of the contamination that can occur during processing. That was recently proven when the state of California tested some items that were supposed to be organic natural skin care cleansers.

Five different brands were found to contain Dioxane, a chemical that California recognizes as a human carcinogen. Contamination with Dioxane occurs when ethylene oxide, a petrochemical, is used to reduce the harshness of detergent ingredients.

The better companies test each raw ingredient for purity and then further test each completed batch. That’s the only way to be sure that the cream, lotion, cleanser or other skincare product is actually free of contaminants and safe to use. Of course, just because they are safe to use does not mean that they are beneficial to your skin’s health. If you’re like most people, you want something that is safe and effective, too.

Many of us would like to delay the visible signs of aging for as long as possible. We all know that we’ll look like grandparents someday, but we don’t want it to happen too soon. All of us can look as young as we feel if we use caution and avoid overexposure to sunlight. Organic natural skin care creams can help, too, if they contain the right ingredients.

There are many beneficial all-natural ingredients, too many to mention all of them here. But, one that really deserves mentioning is avocado oil.

If you are in to health foods, you know that avocados are nutrient-rich. They are good sources of many antioxidants, including beta-carotene, vitamin E and vitamin D. Their fruit contains protein and essential unsaturated fatty acids. In addition to its high nutritional value, avocado oil contains compounds that are particularly beneficial to the skin’s health and appearance.

Organic natural skin care creams containing avocado oil have been shown to reduce age spots, because of the sterolins the oil contains. Sterolins are also known to soften and moisturize. They are beneficial for relieving dryness, improving eczema and relieving psoriasis.

When it comes to delaying the affects of time, avocado oil has been shown to significantly increase the skin’s collagen content. Collagen is a major component of the skin’s elastic fibers. It is included as an ingredient in many skincare products, but it is not beneficial, because it cannot penetrate the skin.

Collagen production normally slows down with age, but if we use an organic natural skin care cream containing avocado oil, maybe we can beat the clock. It’s certainly worth a try.

Andrea Marshall is a researcher of skin care and health supplement products. Visit her site now at http://www.healthy-solutions-source.com to get the facts on how to choose the best products for your youthful and healthy life.