Perfecting a skincare routine isn’t always easy and the scientific ingredients list on the back doesn’t always help. It’s important to know what you are putting on your skin and the best way to do this is by having the ability to decipher an ingredients list. So here are our handy hacks for decoding almost any cosmetic ingredient list, including those all natural ingredients.
1. Read from top to bottom
Ingredients are always listed in order of quantity with highest quantities at the top of the list. So a products claims should always match the quantities.
2. Understand what works for your skin
For most this is trial and error, but the Cosmetics Safety Database is a useful tool for finding out more on ingredients, there benefits, uses and how they effect your skin.
3. What you need to know about oils
Skincare oils are popular, but can oxidise quickly. This means that the formula is quite fragile and if stored incorrectly it won’t be able to do what it promises. For best results opt for cold pressed oil products, like our Verdure Moisturising oil – these last longer and are less likely to oxidise in temperature fluctuations.
4. Best before
Knowing when to get rid of your products is like most things, fragrance and body care products have expiry dates. To find the expiry date on a product look for a picture of a floating jar with it’s lid off and a number inside. This number tells you the number of months the product is good for after opening.
6. Natural VS. High-End
The right combination of simple natural ingredients can be as effective as any high-end and costly product. Like shoes, one size doesn’t fit all and to deal with day to day changes in your skin, save money and reduce the clutter and opt for an all year round staple products. These need to be a combination of the right ingredients because each ingredient serves a purpose for texture, absorption, moisture protection, soothing, resorting and hydration.
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The Malée Team