As you consider a new skin care product or line you should be aware of what the ingredients on the label actually mean and go in armed with knowledge. Here’s a cheat sheet that will help you understand your skin care products a little bit better. Print it out for a quick reference and share it with your friends and family so they too are in the know.
Emollients are ingredients that help soften the skin and seal in moisture.
Humectants are moisturizing ingredients that attract water to your skin.
Surfactants have the ability to dissolve dirt and oils on the surface of your skin. They also help your products glide more effortlessly on your skin.
Sodium cocyl isethionate
Polysorbate 85 or 60 (avoid polysorbate 80)
Sodium laureth sulfate
Ammonium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Binders and Emulsifiers
These help bind oil and water together.
Texturizers thicken, add a rich texture, and improve the slip in skin care products.
Polysorbate 20 and 80
These are necessary for preventing product contamination and thwarting the growth of microbes.
Ascorbyl palmitate (form of vitamin C)
EDTA (Disodium and tetrasodium)
Diazolidinyl and imidazolydyl UREA
Parabens (methyl, poly, butyl, etc.)
Benzoic acid (Para Amino Benzonic Acid (PABA)