Nature to the Rescue - Read Your skincare Product Labels
Understanding skincare labels can be daunting and you may come across a lot of strange words on the ingredient list which you have never heard of before.
However, all labels follow certain rules which makes them easier to dissect and here are some things that you should look out for:
The first thing to look for is the instructions on the package for how the skincare product is to be used on the skincare product or packaging
For example, in the case of a day cream, the instructions may state that you are supposed to apply a small amount of the product twice a day after cleaning your skin with a cleanser.
This tells you about the usage frequency and in which step of the skincare routine you should use it as well as other products you can combine it with.
The expiry date for a skincare product is important as it indicates how long you can use the product once it is open.
You may see this symbol in the form of a capital letter M and a number, say for example 12, which means that you should finish using the product within 12 months of opening it.
There are many reasons why this is important. For one, skincare products have a shelf life and after a certain time, the product may separate into the oil and water components with the oil components floating to the top.
Also, certain active ingredients such as Vitamin C degrade quite fast and are sensitive to light so you have to finish using the product otherwise they will oxidise and become less effective.
Understanding the ingredient list on product labels is often quite daunting because of the many strange words that you see. Generally, ingredients are listed according to the quantity in a product so the first three to five items you see are of the highest concentration.
Very often when you look at the label, the first three to five items are things like water, aloe vera, glycerine and others which make up the base of the skincare item and have the highest concentration.
On the other hand, ingredients listed at the bottom of the list have the lowest concentration. Often these are fragrances and preservatives. However, if you see an active ingredient that is very low on the list then it may have a very low concentration to have any significant effect on the skin.
You may also see many plant extracts listed according to their scientific name and not their commonly known name. That is because, when used in skincare products the ingredients need to be listed according to their inci names. Inci stands for international nomenclature of cosmetic ingredients
Ingredients like camellia senensis, avena sativa, curcuma longa, olea Europaea and cocos nucifera oil may sound unfamiliar, but are green tea, oat kernel, turmeric, olive oil and coconut oil.
Going Natural – Ingredients to Watch Out For
Many skincare products available in supermarkets and other beauty stores contain chemicals that can be harmful to your skin in the long run.
When choosing skincare products, look out for ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and/or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Retinyl palmitate and Retinol, formaldehyde, Parabens, Phthalates and BHT.
Instead look for products made using 100% natural ingredients, such as those available in the Nature Talk range.
All our products are chemical-free as well as cruelty-free, so you can safely use them in your skincare regimen without having to worry about any harmful effects. You can check out our range of skincare products by clicking here.