Why The Paleo Foundation Certifies Skincare

We are asked so often why the Paleo Foundation would certify skincare, that I think it warrants an explanation page of its own.

First, skin is the largest organ in the body. You’ve heard this before, but it seems as though the reason this well-known fact is mentioned never really sinks in. The laws governing cosmetics and personal care products are so limited and relaxed that known carcinogens and ecotoxins are legally allowed in personal care products. Some carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are common in personal care products. While others are less common, they still exist— unchecked and often unnoticed by the consumer. 

What your put onto your skin is absorbed into your body. That means in a way, you are topically ‘feeding’ and ‘nourishing’ yourself when you put products on your skin. Imagine how you’re nourishing your body if you’re consistently absorbing known carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, and toxins that effect development and reproduction that bioaccumulate over time with increased exposure. 

It’s madness. Which is why we can and do certify skincare products that are food-grade, nourishing to the skin and the internal systems, and devoid of potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients. Further, the ingredients in the skincare that we certify come from sustainable sources that serve to protect the environment and ultimately protect the end-user. 

Very few skincare products on the market can say they meet the strict standards required to receive the Certified Paleo label. But those that can aren’t just offering you skincare… they’re offering you peace of mind that you could never put a price tag on. 

Shouldn’t your skincare do the same? 

-Karen Pendergrass