Why You Should be Reading your Skincare Labels

You are already aware of why it is important to be reading your food labels, but have you thought about looking thoroughly at your skincare and cosmetic product labels?

A label can tell you everything about what the products is intended to do, who it is intended to work for, the ingredients involved and how to use it effectively. If you know where to look and what you are looking for, it will be able to tell you whether the product may help you, or even potentially harm you.

Knowing how to read a skin care label will provide you with knowledge you need when deciding about what you put in and on your body.

Terms like fragrance-free” or “for sensitive skin” are marketing terms. They are not guaranteed to contain ingredients which will not irritate your skin or will be safe on highly sensitive skin. Which is why reading the ingredients on your skin care products is important so you know what is used to create the product you will be applying to your body.

Unscented products often have fragrance chemicals whose scents are just masked by stronger chemicals. This is frustrating but learning to read the ingredients list will help you determine whether the claims are accurate and how the product is going to perform on your skin. Look for words like the ones listed below

- Parfum
- Perfume
- Fragrance
- Flavour
- Essential Oils
- Aroma

If you are unsure of the chemical components listed and do not recognise them, contact the manufacturer and ask if the products contain fragrance. An important thing to remember when reading the list is that the ingredients are always written in the order of concentrations. Ingredients at the end can still play an important role, don’t forget that!

Picking a skincare product is not always simple when looking for certain ingredients and avoiding others, as each person’sskin is different and vary in sensitivity. With a little bit of research, it can tell you which ones will work best for your skin type and what ones can potentially be irritating causing flare ups. For example, if you are prone to acne don’t just reach for products which claim to be oil-free. They can still be pore-clogging, without being oil-based.

In addition to the list of ingredients, the label also has information regarding shelf-life on the product. Most products are at their best for 6 months, before they can irritate the skin. The label should also contain usage and storage instructions, which can help you get the most out of your product.

At The Transparency we believe that the ingredients used in our products are all harm-free to skin and will be beneficial. You can customise your products by answering a short quiz which will then give you the best products to be using on your skin to stop harm and treat it properly.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit our website today to customise your products and give your skin and hair the products and love they deserve.