The TEN QUESTIONS before you buy your cosmetics:
1. The product promotes an assertion that strikes your eye for a “natural ingredient” ?
So you are looking a well-known brand and you heard from other that this fantastic product and smell awesome. Really ? Let’s see an example: You found a face skin care cream and displays the Argan oil (Argania Spinosa) while the content of this can be just 1% (to understand the percentage of natural ingredients you need to check at the bottom of the list of ingredients we will discuss this in another post). What do you have to do? Firstly, you need to verify the location of plant components (with Latin names) must be located on 4-5 lead. Always be careful when a plant component (e.g. Pine Forest) displayed exclusively but the remaining is withheld. Please be suspicious…
2. The product contains a suspicious ingredient that has no relation to the purpose it serves?
In numerous anti-aging creams you found the substance Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is controversial for our health and are non-biodegradable sunscreen filter. Generally care products containing substances Ethylhexyl + something.
3. The product contains fatty alcohols and / or solvents? (Propyl Alcohol, butylene Glycol, Alcohol denat., Methylpropanediol).
Fatty alcohols and synthetic raw materials, inert and often irritating, offer good recommendation creams. It is impossible to mention all of them but give an attention when reading the recommendation Alcohol or ingredients that end in -ol. There are also alcohols that are not intrusive.
4. The product containing silicones; (Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane)
A Completely synthetic, non-biodegradable. It does not hurt the skin but the planet. Suffixes in – one and -ane.
5. This product contains mineral oil? (Paraffinum liquidum (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum).
The oil derivatives have invaded massively in cosmetic products. Is adding a volume to creams but do not let the skin breathe. I recommend avoid products that list the words: «petrolatum”, “paraffinum”, “cera macrocrystalline”.
6. Does the product contains ethoxylated substances, plastic or irritants?
Acrylamide / Sodium, Acryloyldimethyltaurate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyethylene, PEG-2 stearate, Copolymer, BHT, Phenoxyethanol.
In the jungle of chemical preservatives or additives is difficult to recognize those who take an advantage of easy route for profits benefits. Avoid PEG, PPG EDTA and BHT.
7. The product contains synthetic fragrance? Parfum / Fragrance
Fragrances: Unfortunately they contain synthetic fragrances and there are so many natural aromas.
8. The product contains color?
e.g. CI 19140, unfortunately, it is impossible to distinguish a natural scent of a synthetic if it refers only to the indication CI + number.
9. The product contains parabens; (Methyl Parabens).
Parabens: a chemical preservative that is considered toxic.
10. Do you believe is too expensive?
Natural products are not expensive. Expensive are considering to buy chemical product that may cost less from a natural product but in the long run the chemical cosmetics will be expensive for your health and damage of your skin. Choosing natural products will cost you less in the long run and is recommended because you know exactly what you put on your skin.
You may think that £89 for a product that contains 50 ml water and inert chemical components is way more than expensive. Even for a product 100% BIO of 50 ml should never exceed £60-£70 (retail price with tax)! Besides that, you pay marketing because the well know companies invest heavily on a tradition marketing. In comparison with the small natural businesses out there they buy more expensive products and preparing the best creams for your skin and have natural proposition for you own benefits.