Often enough, most of us tend to buy skin care and makeup products are lulled by vibrant and charming ad campaigns and yes, most of the situation can be far from reality. While you can certainly enjoy the effects (most likely Photoshopped) you can stop yourself from being distracted by getting to know the key ingredients in your beauty products and read the information carefully. Here’s how.
It’s essential to understand how these key ingredients work for your skin because it will help you to figure out how it generally works, as well as helping you to narrow down any possible ingredients that can irritate or cause problems to your skin; and not to mention the action itself saves a lot of money in the long run (why not spend it on something pricey and luxurious like a Botox job instead?).
For example, if you use a certain product and it gives you rashes, while switching to other also produces the same result, perhaps there’s a common stuff that cause you can look for to identify the culprit (look out for at least the top 5 in their ingredients’ list for clue) – the info is handy enough for you to make the right product choice in future, as well as your dermatologist will be happy to recommend suitable skin care products irritant-free for your skin.
Here’s a tip: it’s generally okay if the susceptible element that makes your skin irritated in cleansers rather than in moisturizers as cleanses only stays on your skin for a short period of time, plus the ingredient is likely low in concentration to cause any trouble on your skin.
Keep in mind though, not all country in the world is obliged to put the full-blown account of ingredient list on their product so you might want to research more beforehand.
Next you need to have a look on the total list. Generally, the first name on top of the list indicates that it’s the most abundant within the product. Here’s a tip: if you see a certain product that says rich in Vitamin C but the name (or perhaps its derivative such as ascorbic acid) is on the bottom of the list, ditch and look for other products instead.
And yet, too much of the key ingredient can also be irritating to your skin. To be safe, the names should be somewhere on the middle of the list or at least after 5 ingredient names (provided that stuff is chock full of weird-sounding chemicals).
And of course, when it comes to the list, the shorter the list and the easier for you to pronounce the name, the better chance that the product is quite wholesome and natural for the skin.