It’s Thursday (technically Friday morning)… Which means here’s another post! 🙂 Today we’re going to talk about how to read the ingredients and the ingredients in your products. Do you ever look at the back of your face mask and think what the hell is all this gibberish? It’s okay, me too. And I even had training on this.. So my loves, you are not alone!
When you’re out shopping for something and you’re looking for say a face mask, charcoal is all the rage right now to help really clear out your pores. So say you’re looking for a mask that has charcoal in it. You find 3 different types of masks all promoting charcoal. Well how do you know which one to get? Turn it around and look at the ingredients.
The further down the actual ingredient for charcoal is, the less there is of it in that particular mask. That mask could be 2% charcoal and they can say it’s a charcoal mask.
For example, I was at Sephora (shocking) yesterday and bought an eye mask. It’s from their line of skin care and I love their one time use sheet masks. They’re inexpensive and surprisingly have good ingredients in them. So I bought an avocado eye mask. When I got home and read the ingredients… Out of 21 different ingredients avocado oil was listed as ingredient number 14. So that means whatever was listed before that, there’s more of all that than there is avocado oil in the mask. I’m not that concerned about this particular product simply cause there are other really good ingredients in this mask but that’s a good example on how products and their companies can be misleading. Like how annoying is that thinking you’re getting a mask for it’s avocado benefits to find out there’s hardly any avocado in it.
If you don’t know what something means, just google it’s uses in skin care.
A lot of products have preservatives in them like alcohol for example. These preservatives help make your product last longer, now that sounds great but think about it, you’re putting alcohol on your skin. Now it’s not straight alcohol so you don’t have to worry about the crazy drying effects. But it’s still not the best. So that’s another thing to look for when purchasing something.
Ever wonder what’s the difference between fragrance free and unscented? You’d think they’re the same right? Wrong. Fragrance free means there’s nothing added to the product to change or mask the naturally occurring aroma. Now unscented means it’s a fragrance additive, so it masks any other chemical smells. Basically, they add a scent to cancel out any scents. But it’s still there you just can’t smell it.
So be careful on what you buy, do your research and you should be good! I can’t tell you how many products I’ve put down (and saved money on) because the ingredients were not up to my standards.
I hope this helps clarify some things and helps you guys understand your products a little better. These are just some tips and tricks on how I determine if something is a good product or not.