Reading labels on foods at the grocery store has become something of habit as our society becomes more health conscious and savvy of what is consumed. It's been reported that close to 70 percent of people take the time to check the ingredients before buying items, but this shouldn't stop at what we eat. It's important to also know the ingredients used in everyday beauty products. Afterall, skin is the largest organ of your body.
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Here are five key steps to take into account when deciding what to buy for your face and body.
Get the basics: The ingredients are listed in descending order, starting with the product that is present in the largest quantity.
Remember that quantity isn't everything: Some ingredients only need to be present in small quantities to be effective. That's why sometimes they appear at the end of the list.
Some products are 'disguised': Some preservatives have different functions and that's why some brands list them as "fragrances" which makes the products seem preservative-free.
A reminder about oils: Oils are essential to skincare but they oxidize over time causing them to not work as effectively. Most oils keep well for at least one to two years before oxidation starts to take effect. The more air there is in the bottle, the faster the oil will oxidize.
Expiration dates: The number next to a "M" above the symbol of a container with its lid off refers to the number of months that the product will last once opened.
Keep reading to see which ingredients are best suited for different parts of your body
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These ingredients are most benefitial for the face: Coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin C, Omega 3, beech wood extract, calendula, manuka honey, red ginseng root, lavender, olive oil, retinol, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid. All of these are excellent components to moisturize your face and prevent the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Try to include in your daily beauty routine at least one product with a moisturizing ingredient (like natural oils) and an anti-wrinkle ingredient (such as retinol) for better results.
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These ingredients are most benefitial for the hands: Shea butter, lilies, roses, macademia oil, vitamin E, honey, coconut oil, almond milk, aloe vera, jojoba oil, avocado oil, chamomile, glycerine, lanolin and vaseline. Your hands are much more exposed than other parts of your body so you have to be more careful. It is important to always have a hand cream in your purse, especially in these cold months, with moisturizing ingredients that reduce swelling like the ones mentioned above.
These ingredients are most benefitial for everywhere else: Oatmeal, yogurt, vitamin C, roseship oil, quince tree leaf, horse chestnut, caffeine, glycerine, vaseline, olive oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, honey, L-carnitine and peptides. Oatmeal or yogurt are vital since your body needs moisturization. If you are looking for a cream or lotion that gives more firmness and toning to your skin, use products with caffeine, quince leaf or L-carnitine.