Each year, at least two to five new skincare companies enter the market – each claiming to be better than the other. Many men and women tend to buy into the scheme and believe what is being told to them about a certain product and what the potential results of the product are. However, the smart thing to do would be to not just listen to what is being told to you, but do your own research too.
It is crucial for one to understand that it is not the product itself or the company that will get you the results you are searching for, but the ingredients that the products contain. Of course, if you don’t know how to judge the ingredients on your own, this is not easy to do. It is still absolutely naive to buy a product and just read the reviews, because what might work for someone else might not work for you. The skin is the largest yet most sensitive organ of the human body, and it is prone to allergic reactions depending on person to person.
To make it easier for you to judge the next product before you pay for it, we’ve put together a list of terms that are frequently used to define skincare products and what they mean:
When it comes to skincare, we’re all thriving to be better than yesterday and do our skin justice after a long day of work. For this reason, organic products are certainly high in demand and rightly so. The term “organic skincare” means products that are made of plant derived ingredients as well as supplementary natural ingredients. In a perfect organically created product, the ingredients are grown devoid of the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc. This means that the results on the skin are easier to judge and almost always do wonders for the user.
However, according to the FDA, there is no legitimate definition of the term “organic” when used in cosmetics or skincare products. Even if the manufacturer meets the requirements and claims to have used nothing but agriculturally grown ingredients, there is no legitimate way to prove that the ingredients used will not cause an allergic reaction to someone or the other. This is also to say that the ingredients used in organic products will not always be safer when compared to ingredients used in other products with non-organic ingredients.
This one is rather self-explanatory. Natural products will contain natural ingredients, such as Aloe Vera, almond oil, apple cider, coconut, avocado, etc. It doesn’t always have to be fruit – just naturally grown ingredients that would give you similar results as compared to what you would achieve if you were to consume these ingredients by eating them. Natural and organic products are not that far apart, they are rather similar in character and are nature’s gift to us. This is one of the many reasons why people prefer products that contain natural ingredients.
However, it is vital that you do a significant amount of research on the ingredients that have been listed on the products, because some products will have just one natural or organic ingredient in them with a bunch of other chemical substances yet they will feature the word “natural” or “organic” on it – the results might be great, but if you’re in search of products that are all-natural or all-organic, a good look at the list on the back will be of great assistance to you.
Manufacturers have long been making products that have given some customers allergic reactions – needless to say, it did not end well. However, the term hypoallergenic was first introduced in the year 1953 and is used to describe products that have a significantly lower amount of allergic reactions. Products that are hypoallergenic are suitable for people who have hypersensitive skin, or even natural skin that is prone to allergic reactions. The purpose of the product is to be considerably gentler on the skin, in order to avoid allergies or irritating reactions from occurring.
However, it is vital that consumers are familiar with one simple fact: no cosmetic or skincare product that has been introduced in the face of this planet is absolutely “non-allergenic”. This means that there is no possible way for a product or the manufacturer to claim that their product will not cause an allergic reaction to any human being. Everyone’s skin and metabolisms are different and the products as well as the ingredients present in there will react differently.
Cruelty Free – Not Tested on Animals
In the past, many manufacturers have tested most of their cosmetics or skincare products on animals, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, monkeys, etc. Not only is this an inhumane thing to do, it also leaves the animal impaired and unable to comprehend life from then onwards. However, due to a large amount of protests to ban animal testing forever, many companies rethought their decisions to test on animals and changed their ways – not all managed to reclaim the status that they once held.
Many manufacturers, still to this day, are testing their products on animals, and as aforementioned, this is one of the most inhumane acts one can partake in. For this reason, among many others, a wide variety of manufacturers have the words “cruelty free” or “not tested on animals” printed on their products to make it clear. The reason that this comes in the list of glossaries is because this is one of the most widely used phrases in cosmetics or the manufacturing industry. However, it has nothing to do with the ingredients but a lot to do with the results of the product on human skin.
These are the most frequently used terms when it comes to skincare, personal care or cosmetics that are available in supermarkets. It is imperative that you read the listed ingredients on the back of the product to have a better understanding of how each one will react to your skin as well as why.