How can I Tell a Good Skincare Product from a Bad One?

Tell a Good Skincare Product from a Bad One

Do the vast number of drugstore shelves that are dedicated to skin care confuse you? You are not alone. But worry not, today’s tips will help you tell a good skincare product from a bad one. Let’s get you headed in the right direction!

5 Ways to Tell a Good Skincare Product from a Bad One

#1 Packaging.

Don’t let a shiny or shapely product package be your deciding factor. Open tubes can become contaminated by unclean fingers, and may even make the product expire more quickly. Dark-colored tubes and pump bottles let in the least air and protect from light, preserving sensitive ingredients. Non-airtight pumps are fine for most lotions and cleansers, which tend to be made with more-stable ingredients.

#2 Specific chemicals.

There is a growing list of chemicals that are generally considered bad for your health. In spite of it, they are still available and appear in many personal care products. Read labels and stay safe by avoiding or minimizing your exposure to oxybenzone (a sunscreen), parabens, petroleum distillates, sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate, and toluenes.

#3 Fragrance.

Synthetically derived scents, often listed as just “fragrance” or “parfum” on product labels, commonly include phthalates. A link between these dangerous chemicals and risk of breast cancer has been established. Look for products containing only essential oils for fragrance or opt for fragrance-free.

#4 Allergens.

According to an FDA survey, up to 25% of people have had a skin reaction to at least one beauty product. You can avoid the risk by choosing hypoallergenic products whenever possible.

#5 Price.

Products that cost more are not necessarily more effective. The bottom line is, the best skincare product is one that you will use enough of and use regularly. If that means choosing a slightly less expensive product that still works for your skin, go for it!

If you enjoyed learning how to tell a good skincare product from a bad one, consider reading Am I Doing My Makeup Wrong?

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