Skin Care Products : How to tell good from bad

Skin care products can be overwhelming.  Ever noticed the vast number of drugstore shelves that are dedicated to skin care, including cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and soaps? The wide variety makes it extra difficult to choose wisely. These tips will get you headed in the right direction.

How to Identify Great Skin Care Products

1. Packaging

First of all, don’t let a shiny or shapely product package be your deciding factor. Open tubs can become contaminated by unclean fingers, and may even make the product expire more quickly. Seems like dark-colored tubes and pump bottles let in the least air and protect from light, preserving sensitive ingredients like gemstone powder, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics.

2. Specific Chemicals

The list of bad chemicals present in many personal care products keeps growing.  Read labels and stay safe by avoiding or minimizing your exposure to oxybenzone (a sunscreen), parabens, petroleum distillates, sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate, and toluenes.

3. Fragrance

Synthetically derived scents, often listed as just “fragrance” or “parfum” on product labels, commonly include phthalates. Furthermore, an increased risk of breast cancer has been been linked to these dangerous chemicals. Instead, look for products containing only essential oils for fragrance or opt for fragrance-free. Masking agents contain phthalates. Better stay away from “unscented” products.

4. Allergens

Since skin rashes are very frequent when it comes to skin care (25% says an FDA survey) go for hypoallergenic products instead.

5. Price

Finally, products that cost more are not necessarily more effective. The bottom line is, the best skincare product is one that you will use enough of and use regularly.

If you found this interesting, then keep reading How Gemstone Infused Skin Care Works.

Kristals Cosmetics has long experience in developing natural skincare products infused with gemstones, and so is sharing this piece as part of its mission to help educate its customers around the world.