Bionic Asks: Do you read cosmetic’s ingredients lists?

by Bionic Beauty on 20.Jan.2010 · 3 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

This week’s Bionic Asks
When you buy cosmetics items such as makeup, hair and skin care, body lotions, and sunscreens, do you check the ingredients label before you make your purchase?

I’m curious as to how women handle the issue of cosmetics ingredients lists. As we all know, the labeling of many products as “natural” or “organic” has led to a ton of confusion! Hopefully soon, we’ll have stricter standards on beauty product labeling.

Then there are those of us with sensitive skin or skin allergies. I know my face skin is hyper-sensitive to glycerin (both animal and vegetable derived) which is very common in skin care, hair care, and even makeup. Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid cause my skin to break out in awful cystic acne- which is a tough one, since most acne treatments contain one or both of these products.

In short, I am definitely a label-reader. I look for ingredients I know will cause problems for me, and base my buying decisions on that information. Even if it means ordering by internet, or doing hours of research.

Are there certain ingredients that you shy away from? And if you’re shopping online and the company does not list the ingredients, do you email them to ask, or go ahead and buy the product anyway?


1 Telecia January 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I also read the product labels. A lot of companies claim that their “fountain-of youth” ingredients are what we need; However, when you look at the label it is usually so far down the list or even the last ingredient listed you wonder the effectiveness of it. I look to see if the product has any parabens, mineral oils, and whether or not if it is non-comedogenic. Right now I am researching the best stretch mark cream. After reading review after review I’m not really impressed with any of them and will probably get the common ingredients listed in all of them and make my own.

2 Amira January 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm

If it has the words “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate”, I run the other way.

3 Rachele January 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I read labels on cosmetic items like I do for my food! I didn’t realize that our skin absorbs what we put on it as much or more (?) than our stomach absorbs what we feed it. I guess I though my skin was more like my hair – I can do what I want to it and it will grow! My hair is a “renewable” resource, unlike my skin which is an organ! However, if I am needing a pick me up, I don’t follow the rules: I’ll eat french fries and take a perfumy bubble bath!

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