Skincare labels can certainly be confusing. You may find there are words you aren't sure of, ingredients you don't know or whether they are good for your skin or not. It's difficult especially when you want to treat yourself to a new skincare product and you want the best products to give the best results, the question is 'is this right for you?'
You certainly need to do your research and there are various benefits to reading skincare labels:
Skincare labels list the ingredients from the highest to lowest in concentration. This allows you to know exactly what goes on your skin but if a key ingredient is at the end of the list, it's not going to be of great benefit. Equally if an ingredient is listed first but you know it's not great for your skin, then it's best not to choose this product. Also, if you have sensitive skin or specific skin issues, check the ingredients you need to avoid that may irritate your skin or set off allergies.
Check the side or bottom of the bottle, jar or tub for the expiration date to ensure the product is within the time frame before you purchase it.
Have a look for 6M, 12M, 24M alongside an open jar symbol. The M stands for month. This gives you an idea of the maximum time to use a product and when you should replace it.
Vegan or Cruelty Free Labeling:
Check the label to make sure the product is Vegan and Cruelty Free. The most famous Cruelty Free symbol is the leaping bunny by PETA but many brands use their own labeling so if you are unsure, run a quick check online to double check the brand you are choosing is truly who they say they are.
Knowing Product Claims: Skincare product labels frequently feature statements like "oil-free," "non-comedogenic," or "dermatologist-tested” so make sure to choose products that are appropriate for your skin type and any skin issued that you have by reading these statements.
In conclusion, reading the labels on skincare products is a crucial step in selecting the best products for your skin and making the best decisions that help maintain the health and beauty of your skin by being aware of the ingredients and active substances in the skincare products that you use.