The first thing we ask when looking at any skin care products is, what are the ingredients?
The search for clean, healthy, organic, natural skin care is on the rise; with good reason. Hundreds of harmful ingredients are added to our products and over the years of misuse, have caused damage that might not be reversible.
Today’s post isn’t about the actual ingredients, my goal is to help you understand the basics of reading a label and that a label isn’t just the ingredients listed.
It’s more along the lines of formulation and understanding HOW products are formulated into the products purchased in stores.
Unfortunately, unless you’re a cosmetic chemist, we have no idea how each product is formulated. All we have is a label to read.
Fortunately for you, estheticians are taught to understand product labels and have knowledge to know if certain ingredients are even making a difference in your skin.
Today you’re going to understand a bit more about formulations and how to understand a product label. You’re also going to learn about the differences in how products are formulated for licensed professionals vs. over-the-counter.
Reading the Product Label
First of all, NEVER and I repeat…NEVER go by what the front of the label states!
This is a marketing gimmick and gives you NO solution to the problem you are seeking.
Honestly, the back of the product is where the information lies and even then it’s difficult to decipher.
Label Reading Basics
The first five ingredients are the bulk of the product. After that, the remainder of ingredients are about 1% or less.
Here’s where false claims come in. When products are formulated, they are made in vats the size of a small house. When formulating ingredients, a tiny drop of Vitamin C can be added to that huge vat; yet when marketing the product, the front label may state, “Vitamin C serum to erase dark spots”!
This is why most people continue to buy new products; you can’t find a solution to your skin care problems and end up feeling frustrated with your skin.
Your cleanser may not have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and is chock-full of essential oils, yet there is a teeny tiny drop of essential oil added, just enough to add to the label. Unfortunately, that product isn’t going to work for your skin because the label is stating a false claim.
Lastly, after these products are bottled and packaged, they are shipped off to the warehouse and can sit on those shelves for up to two years before they hit your local store. For this reason, higher levels of preservatives are added to keep the shelf life stable.
Over-The-Counter vs. Professional Products
The example of formulating a product is how most over-the-counter brands are formulated.
Another thought is that many products from big-brand companies are pretty much the same product. It may have a few different ingredients added, but most likely, it’s the same product with a different label and packaging.
What’s the difference?
As a licensed esthetician, I personally choose products to use in my treatment room that aren’t commercially formulated and sold in multiple salons and spas.
I work with companies that formulate products in their own lab, package it on site and ship directly to me.
My goal is to help my clients achieve great results for their skin and when selecting a product line that is formulated and shipped directly from their lab. This means no warehouse shelves to sit on for years and less preservatives are used.
Plus, when products are formulated in-house, they are developed in smaller vats and chemists use higher quality ingredients. Honestly, if I asked, the cosmetic chemists would give me information about their formulation process.
I can honestly say that my clients are happy with their skin and achieve the results they are looking for.
Continuing to learn and share
I LOVE learning and educating myself on the science behind the skin. My passion and love for learning & educating others was the reason behind publishing my first book, “Skin Deep: Demystifying Skin Care Solutions to Achieve Healthy, Glowing Skin.” My book is for you to learn how to improve your skin and understand how the skin functions.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it really is a remarkable organ because it can repair itself if treated correctly. Our skin can reverse signs of aging and years of damage.
It just takes a basic understanding of how our skin functions. I love relaying that message to clients when educating them about how to care for their skin correctly.
With social media comes mixed messages about skin care. Most of the beauty bloggers and so-called “skin experts” are someone playing around at home and sharing their opinion about the best products for XYZ skin conditions.
They have NO formal training or education about the skin, which is the key to proper education and understanding, especially if you are trying to help others improve their skin.
I wouldn’t listen to their messages unless they are a licensed professional, because they are not going to help your skin.
It costs money, but go see a licensed esthetician who is passionate about the skin. Estheticians have gone above & beyond to keep up to date on the latest products, ingredients and science of the skin. You will not be disappointed, because your esthetician will be the key to helping you achieve the skin you deserve.
How do you find a good esthetician?
Search around your area for spas or find a solo esthetician working in a treatment room either in her own space or in a salon suite.
Call and schedule time to chat with her about your skin before booking your first appointment.
During your call, ask as many questions as possible. A good esthetician loves to help guide you; your questions will be welcomed with education. Your esthetician will give you a few tips on what to do prior to your first appointment.
If you feel like she is the right fit for you, book your first appointment. Make sure to bring in ALL your current skin care products used on a daily and weekly basis. This gives your esthetician an idea of what’s happening with your skin.
The day of your appointment, make sure to have all paperwork filled out and submitted, bring your current products and questions. Lay back and enjoy your facial!!
To book an appointment with Samantha or buy a copy of my book, please visit www.skindeepil.com