Reading a beauty product label can be quite confusing. The names of chemical compounds probably won’t mean much to you. However, knowing what ingredients you are using and applying onto your skin is vital to ensure that you are avoiding unnecessary and harmful ingredients.
The order in which the ingredients are listed can tell you a lot about the product itself. The first five to six ingredients listed on the product label, make up around 80% of the entire product.
Don’t Trust The Cute Packaging
Companies often resort to using pretty and eye-catching packaging to get more sales. They also tend to present their product as something it isn’t, which is why it’s essential to check the ingredients on the back to make sure it’s the right product for you.
Brands can also advertise that a product contains an ingredient, which can be eye-catching, like organic argan oil or hyaluronic acid. But even though the product contains it, it can be listed far down the ingredients list, which means the dose is too small to matter much.
Use The Internet
In this age, there is no need to know all of the names of chemicals and which are suitable for you and which aren’t. You can search for the ingredient on the internet, and you will get a good grasp of what it is and is it beneficial for you or not. There are also some apps, which allow you to take a picture of the label of the product and then, will analyze the ingredients for you.
Understand The Symbols
Numerous symbols can appear on the cosmetic label. They are there to give the buyer an impression of a certain quality. Certain symbols are official and are a good indicator of the quality and specifications of the product. However, companies will often use their made-up symbols to spread the same message. This doesn’t always mean that the product doesn’t have what it claims, but it didn’t go through particular official procedures to prove it.
Look For The Expiration Date
It is essential to check the expiration date before purchasing a product. If the expiration date is short, it means that the product has been sitting on the shelf for some time. Make sure you can use up the product before it expires. You should also look for the open jar symbol, which indicates how long you can use the product after opening it.