3 questions you should ask when buying skin care products but don't

3 Skin Care Questions

1- Is this product toxin free?

Even when skincare products present themselves as natural skincare products, you should double-check to be sure that the product doesn’t contain substances that are harmful to the skin. Hazardous products to the skin commonly contained in skincare products include toluene*, parabens, phthalates, triclosan, formaldehyde, etc. *Read more about petroleum derivates here.

2- How is it preserved?

The awareness of the health concerns surrounding preservatives like parabens is increasing but they are still widely used. On the flip side preserve-free does not necessarily mean it’s better. Unpreserved water based cosmetics can be more dangerous than preserved ones because bacteria and fungus can cause major health problems.

Although rosemary extract, citric acid, grapeseed extract, natural vitamin e or hops extract are refered to as natural preservatives they really are not; they prevent oxidation which is another thing entirely. You have to look for antifungal and antimicrobial ingredients to make sure the product will not develop those dangerous microbes.

3- Can you back up your health claims?

Exotic ingredients look amazing on labels: apple stem cells, snake venom, snail slime, you name it! They may have extraordinary claims but can they back them up? Always ask for the details of the test, the size of the test and the specific results for what they are claiming. This is one great example:

Based on a consumer test of 543 women who used the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex for a four-week period, sensory results reveal that 90% of women say their skin feels softer and smoother after just one drop of the new complex.

After using the product for three weeks, 91% of women say their skin is more rested, 88% say their skin looks plumper, while 85% say their fine lines have diminished. After one bottle, 91% of women say that their skin was left with a healthy glow while 89% say their skin is firmer and has more elasticity.

On the flip side, this one is completely unfounded:

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Finally, don’t fall into the trap of every thinking that the product is better for you because it’s more expensive. The fact that it is pricey doesn’t mean it is perfect for your skin, and in the same vein asking one or more of the questions indicated above can help you make the best choice in a skincare product.