Skincare products are like food for your skin. While eating, you make conscious choices as to what goes into your body and what doesn’t, but are you doing the same while slathering products on your skin and hair? One of the reasons women state for not doing this is – they don’t understand product labels.

We agree, the label on your moisturiser looks like a code to a secret mission, but that’s no reason to blindly pick whatever your BFF is using, put it on and wait for a miracle to happen. That’s not how skincare works, therefore, we are about to help you decipher some of those codes.

 

Concentration level

Concentration level

If you think the ingredients on the product label are randomly or alphabetically placed, you are wrong. Ingredients are listed based on their concentration levels. So if you spot an amazing skincare ingredient at the end of the list, you are not gaining as much benefit from as you thought. If you spot water/aqua as the first ingredient, then your product is probably water-based.

 

Shelf life

Shelf life

The second and most important lesson we need to learn is how to decipher the expiration date or shelf life of a product. The tiny open-jar symbol indicates the shelf life of your product. If you look closely you will notice the numbers 6M, 12M, 24M, etc. the alphabet M here means months. Other ways to identify if a product has gone bad is by noticing a change in texture or fragrance.

 

Fragrance and parfum

Fragrance and parfum

If you are aware of the skincare baddies, you would know that fragrance is an irritant in skincare products. Artificial fragrances and perfumes can cause skin irritation and itching, especially among those with sensitive skin types. Some products may say fragrance-free and still have some sort of scent to it, don’t panic as it may be the smell of other ingredients.

 

Organic

Organic

The popularity of the terms organic and vegan isn’t limited to food anymore, they’ve entered the beauty world too. Cosmetic companies are using this to market their products and gain attention, however, some products may be labelled as organic and have just 1% organic ingredients. That’s why it’s necessary to read the labels to understand the proportion.

 

Bunny label

Bunny label

The cute bunny label you notice on some products is there for a reason. It indicates that the product is cruelty-free. The product has not been tested on animals and does not contain harsh chemicals that are usually found in most products.