Understanding product ingredients

We’re all used to looking for fat, salt, sugar etc listed on the food we eat.

How do you choose your products?
The real information and reason to buy will be in the ingredients list on the back. Packaging, colour, recommendation, smell are all very valid reasons to pick a product up. Start by reading the ingredients, top to bottom.
The first ingredients listed will make up the bulk of the product – hydration, nourishment, comfort, glide, UV sunscreen filters & UV blocking ingredients.

 Through the middle you’ll start to see the actives – the products point of difference. They’re midway into the list because only a small quantity is needed for them to be effective and stay well tolerated. Hopefully by now you’re seeing things you like the sound of and recognise.
Natural ingredients will appear with their Latin name first and familiar name in brackets afterwards.
The last ingredients will be the essential oils and natural preservatives used to fragrance and protect the product from degradation. Parabens used to be listed last, they have been phased out of most products and replaced by essential oils or bio mimetic preservatives ( replicating nature).
The exception to this may be some sunscreens where it is critical to maintain the products effectiveness. It is worth noting that paraben compounds do occur naturally in some familiar plants and vegetables – ylang ylang, carrots, cucumber.

Look at the symbols – cruelty free, sustainable, recyclable, licensed ( if it’s a sunscreen) e.g the following symbol indicates FSC certification. This ensures that products packaging come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

House of Beaute Decleor packaging

Forest Stewardship Council symbol

You have a choice, these decisions have already been made for the products stocked at House of Beaute, we only use and recommend ones that are effective, contain no nasties, are environmentally friendly and backed by science – this includes our essential oils and botanical products.
Take a moment to check your products and decide what’s worth keeping or needs replacing.
The internet is a terrific research tool if you want to delve deeper into your products specific ingredients, parent companies. Click through for my blog on the meaning of the product symbols displayed on your products. http://houseofbeaute.co.nz/exploring-product-symbols/
 The ability to research and be well informed is well worthwhile.

Changes have been swiftly made across the industry where there is a genuine concern as in the example of manmade plastic beads. The micro beads developed to be used in exfoliating skincare products are a real problem. Proving to be too small to get captured by filtration and taking too long to break down, these micro beads still appear in many products – basics and high end. They are still polluting the waterways and entering the food chain.

Decleor product ingredients

Decleor skincare ingredients

Positive alternative examples are:  Decleor facial exfoliant uses the enzymatic action of papaya to soften dead skin cells, loofah particles and cardamom seeds to buff them off. Ultraceuticals use Jojoba esters and AHAs in their exfoliant to help refresh the skin and remove surface impurities.

Take a moment to analyse products before you purchase and check the ones you already own to decide what’s worth keeping or needs replacing. http://houseofbeaute.co.nz/about-us/products-we-use/

Thank you for reading, please read some of my other blogs for everyday skincare made easy.

Robyn Prinsep

Salon Owner / Expert Beauty Therapist

House of Beaute

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