Have you ever really looked at your skin care product labels? The beauty industry is filled with so many different products, brands and terminology–even if you do look at the labels, you may not be 100% sure exactly what they mean. We’re all about making sure that we’re keeping you well informed, even if it’s not the most glamorous of topics so we thought we would dive a little deeper about what your product labels are telling you. It’s time to start looking at your skin care product labels with your eyes wide open…
Unfortunately, for the beauty industry there are many ‘buzz’ words and terms that are being thrown around, but not necessarily being used in the way consumers believe. According to many experts and dermatologists, labels that are used on skin care products are not always as accurate of a description of the products as we’re led to believe. It’s important to understand that there’s a lot of marketing that goes into a skin care product, and companies do utilize certain terms and words to help you make a purchasing decision. While it’s great for us to be led to products that are going to help us, unfortunately because of the major focus on the marketing aspect of these words they’re not always leading us to make the purchase decisions that are best for us.
Experts suggest that some of the terms that are utilized the most, in a way that you may not be aware of, are: all-natural, hypoallergenic, and sensitive skin. Since there is such a huge focus on consumers to find products that are all-natural, hypoallergenic and good for sensitive skins–it makes sense that you see a lot of product labels that claim to fall into this category. However, many experts suggest that it’s important to understand that just because a skin care product is created with natural products doesn’t mean it’s going to be good for your skin. While natural ingredients are great, not all of them are really good for our skin. In addition, it’s important to understand that just because a product is labeled as being natural doesn’t mean those natural ingredients aren’t also combined with other fillers and preservatives.
So what does this all really mean? Well, unfortunately for consumers, there aren’t specific guidelines on labeling and mislabeling in the industry. The criteria for brands to be able to claim certain things about their products are pretty loose. You’re probably wondering what you can do from here, right? Dermatologists suggest that one of the best things to do when considering or looking into new products is to do a test on your skin. It’s best to do a test of the product(s) on the inside of your elbow and allow it to sit on the skin for a bit to see if you experience any reactions. Additionally, if you notice any changes in your skin like inflammation, redness, etc., it’s advisable to stop using these products and seek the help of a professional.