Beauty products and health

Products that we put on our bodies eventually ends up in our bodies and therefore there is one simple rule on picking the right beauty product. Take a good look at the product box or bottle. Product labels must list all the ingredients regardless of their quantity.

Beauty products found online should list all their ingredients too. If they fail to do so on their Website, treat such brands with caution. It means they may have something to hide.

Organic beauty products have increased in popularity. A good organic skincare product should be free from petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic fragrance additives, propylene glycol, triethanolamine, diethanolamine, and parabens. Organic ingredients (often marked with an asterisk referring to the certification they passed) are likely listed near the beginning of the ingredient list.

Opt for natural preservatives in your skincare. There are many gentle preservatives used in organic skincare products that prolong shelve life but do not disrupt your health: grapefruit seed extract, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), tocopherol acetate (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Keep in mind that when you switch to all-natural skincare your skin may start misbehaving. This is because many natural beauty products contain multitasking essential oils that work as spot treatments, anti-aging agents, and preservatives. Unless you become extremely allergic to one particular ingredient, even if you cough, sneeze and wipe away tears, don’t quit unless absolutely critical. In a couple of days your skin will adjust itself.

When you shop for beauty products, inquire about the retailer’s return policies. Some will allow you to return a beauty product even if you tried it and didn’t like it.

Beauty products are normally marked at the bottom of the ingredients label. If you see 12M it stands for 12 months. This means that after you open it, your beauty product has a shelf life of 12 months. So, the best beauty products are the ones with the higher shelf life, especially if they are products you aren’t going to use every day. It’s a good idea to put a sticker on your products and write down the date of when you bought it and opened it.

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