If you are wondering why your cosmetics are not effective then you must try to decipher the ingredients that are present in your cosmetics. The efficacy of any beauty products or cosmetics largely depends upon the useful ingredients they contain.
Since your skin type may be different than your friend’s, the same cosmetic may not work efficiently for you. Hence, it is important to find out exactly what ingredients are present in your cosmetics and what are their roles?
Today, many cosmetic manufacturers also make use of some of the harmful ingredients. These ingredients, in the long run may cause harm to your skin, hair, and overall beauty. Hence, it is wise to decipher the ingredients in your cosmetics. If you don’t have any idea as to how to do this then here are some useful tips for you. Given below are 7 vital tips on deciphering ingredients in your cosmetics.
How To Decipher The Ingredients In Your Cosmetics:
These days manufacturers may also include sunscreens in the powder or base. If you want to conclude whether your powder or base contains effective sunscreens or not then you must look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. The presence of any of these two ingredients indicates that your base or powder contains powerful sunscreen.
If your foundation, blush, powder and shadows glide smoothly over your skin then most probably they contain talc, dimethicone, magnesium silicate and mica as their key ingredients. These ingredients allow these products to move smoothly over the skin.
Products whose labels declare that they are natural, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic are generally considered safe for application. But if you use such products and experience irritation then you must discontinue their use because even such products have been seen to cause irritation in some users.
Presence of some acids, including lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and papaya in cosmetics help them to promote exfoliation. It means that these ingredients help in eliminating the superficial layers of skin and allow your skin to glow naturally. If you want cosmetics to moisturize your skin then you must look for ingredients like butter, oil, lipid, glycerin or petrolatum. These are efficient moisturizers.
Ingredients in your cosmetics that are suffixed in parabens are preservatives. They guarantee a longer shelf life to your cosmetic products. Parabens may be listed under the names of methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben or butylparaben.
According to the FDA, parabens are the most widely used preservatives in the cosmetic industry. Although, low levels of parabens are not considered detrimental for health, there is always a chance of being exposed to high levels of this ingredient because of its use in a wide range of products.
If you check out the ingredients in your lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows, you will usually find color names preceded by the letters F, D and C. They refer to the color batches, which were approved by the FDA before being added to the product.
An important point to note regarding the concentration of the various ingredients is that they are listed on the labels in the order of concentration. Hence, if a known irritant is listed last then it may not be concentrated enough to cause you any harm.
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