Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Guide To Beauty Product Labels

With all the thousands of products out there, there are tons of words that are thrown at you that you might not understand.

I recently found a good article from  Real that can help you out.
Here are some commonly found words used in marketing that will help you understand what you are buying or what you should be looking for to target your specific beauty needs!  

A Guide to Beauty-Product Labels
By Sally Wadyka

You don't need a Ph.D. in chemistry to decipher the terms: Real Simple translates.

Clinically Proven 

What it means: The maker has conducted some testing of the product in a clinical setting, like a lab.
What it doesn't mean: That anything significant has been "proven."
Best for: Someone willing to do her own researching of independent data about ingredients.


What it means: The product has a low chance of causing allergies.
What it doesn't mean: It has been tested for all allergies. "There's no way to prove it won't cause a reaction in some people," says Howard Murad, a Los Angeles dermatologist.
Best for: People with sensitive skin or a history of allergic reactions.

Broad Spectrum

What it means: Found on sunscreens, it tells you the product protects against both ultraviolet A and B rays.
What it doesn't mean: That you're fully covered. No matter what the label says, no sunscreen blocks out all harmful rays.
Best for: Everyone. Broad spectrum is the best protection available.


What it means: The product contains temporary brighteners, like mica, or ingredients that help even out skin tone.
What it doesn't mean: Lightening, a term regulated by the FDA. A cream can't claim it will "lighten" the skin or dark spots unless it contains the chemical hydroquinone.
Best for: People with mildly uneven skin tone.


What it means: The product has no noticeable smell and usually contains no added artificial or chemical fragrances.
What it doesn't mean: It's totally free of added substances, like botanical extracts, that mask the smell of the basic ingredients.
Best for: Sensitive, allergy-prone skin.

What it means: Contains ingredients that help plump up skin for a fuller look.
What it doesn't mean: Dramatic results. Chances are any "firming" effects you see will be subtle and not permanent.
Best for: Skin that lacks elasticity.


What it means: The product helps repair sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
What it doesn't mean: Miracles. "The only thing that can really lift is the plastic surgeon," says Annet King, director of training for the International Dermal Institute.
Best for: Mature skin.


What it means: Helps skin look radiant by expelling toxins from cells.
What it doesn't mean: Purification. It's hard to prove that products can eliminate whatever is actually "toxic" to skin.
Best for: Dull, oily, or acne-prone skins.


What it means: Contains no ingredients known to clog pores or cause acne.
What it doesn't mean: It definitely won't cause a reaction or be irritating in other ways.
Best for: Those with acne-prone skin and anyone concerned with clogged pores.


What it means: A dermatologist tested the product.
What it doesn't mean: It's approved and endorsed by a dermatologist. "The implication is that the dermatologist liked it, but you don't know that," says Murad.
Best for: People who don't necessarily need a doctor's approval.


What it means: This word implies a hair-care product will restore hair to its natural structure―before it was damaged with styling and chemical treatments.
What it doesn't mean: That you can permanently restructure hair. This is a temporary fix that will leave hair looking and feeling healthier.
Best for: Anyone who damages her hair on a regular basis with heat styling and coloring.


What it means: The product doesn't contain mineral oil, plant oils, or lanolin, which can clog pores and irritate skin.
 What it doesn't mean: That it won't cause a reaction. Be careful that something more irritating―like menthol, eucalyptus, or camphor―
hasn't been substituted to help the product glide on easily.
 Best for: People with oily skin who don't want to look shiny by lunchtime.

Long Wearing

What it means: Generally found on makeup packaging, it refers to the product's staying power.
What it doesn't mean: Waterproof. "Long wearing" means it lasts longer under normal circumstances but still may not survive swimming or crying.
Best for: Times when you don't want to touch up your makeup.

Hope this helps you understand what you're buying and using!

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this useful information! You learn somthing new errryday!