Like food labels, makeup labels can be difficult to read and sometimes downright deceiving. Even if I only have time to “put on my face” a few times a week, I want to be sure I’m covering my skin with safe products that have honest labels. Unfortunately, there are lots of tricks your makeup label can play on you.
Here are a few pitfalls to lookout for:
- Oil free does not necessarily mean oil free (synthetic oils may simply replace natural ones which is actually worse for your skin)- look for the words “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” if you’re prone to breakouts and looking to avoid oils.
- If using all natural products is important to you, look for the label “USDA-Certified Organic” as opposed to “All Natural” which can have up to 80% unnatural ingredients.
- Dermatologist tested is not the same as dermatologist endorsed.
- As always, avoid parabens (anything with methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl), members of the amine family (amonoethanolamine or MEA,diethanolamine or DEA, and triethanolamine or TEA), and formaldehyde and its many relatives (Formalin, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide, Morbicid acid, Oxymethylene)