READING INGREDIENTS LIST
Ingredients are listed in order. The ingredients on the top most or those which comes first have the most concentration in a product. The ingredients at the end part have the least concentration/ littlest amount.
For example: Lush Vanishing Cream
“Linseed Infusion, Water, Rose Water, Lavender Honey Water, Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Honey, Stearic Acid, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Camellia Oil, Lavender Oil, Neroli Oil, Geranium Oil, Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben”
Linseed is its first ingredient and that’s the most active out of all the rest. Next in the concentration is water and rose water. Then looking at the bottom, it has little amount of parabens.
A lot of cosmetic addicts are avoiding parebens because of “health risks”. I’ve always panicked when I find out that a product I’m using has one. Turns out they didn’t do anything to me. Besides, parabens are usually the last ones in ingredients lists. Meaning, it’s only a little amount. I still avoid it on my underarms though but I dont see it as a big deal anymore for facial products. Here’s a link to find out more about this: Click here
I used to avoid ingredients that’s too “scientific” for me or those I can’t even pronounce. I immediately thought of them as chemicals/bad on the skin. Well, not all chemicals / in scientific names are bad. Just like;
-Alpha Hydroxy Acid = Glycolic / Lactic Acid
-Beta Hydroxy Acid = Salicylic Acid
-Retinol = vitamin A
-Ascorbic acid = vitamin C
-Tocopheryl acetate = vitamin E
-Hamamelis virginiana = Witch Hazel
-Vitis vinifera = Grapeseed oil
You just have to translate them and research on the internet about their functions, where they are derived and possible side effects.
NON COMEDOGENIC VS. COMEDOGENIC
Non-comedogenic means that it won’t block pores / wont aggravate acne
Comedogenic ingredient is the other way around, they have risks of blocking pores and aggravating acne. (depending on your skin)
NOTE: Brands can easily label their product non-comedogenic even if there are comedogenic ingredients in it. The best way to confirm that is to check every single ingredient listed.
Some people are fine with comedogenic ingredients like coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and avocado oil. For me, everything has risk of irritating the skin no matter how a product is labeled (non comedogenic or not). All products will depend on your skin
Comedogenic ingredients: Click here
Paraben Myths (in case you missed the link above): Click here
I’ve already memorized some comedogenic ingredients. Not all but at least I can remember some and especially the common names so it’s easier for me to shop on the spot. I suggest you do the same or at least save the list on your phone.😊