What to look for when buying cosmetics?

A few days ago we received an email with a request from Marta O. to write a note with information on what to look for when buying cosmetics. The idea delighted me, because I often buy a product for hours, I stand for hours and analyze the composition of individual cosmetics, choosing what will be the most pleasant for my skin. I know from my own experience that buying cosmetics is not an easy matter. Many traps are waiting for our delicate skin. Then we start the guide "How to buy cosmetics with your head?"

The first issue that I pay attention to in the composition is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

What exactly is it? They are synthetic detergents. We can find them properly in most tonics, lotions, gels, shampoos and bath lotions. Why should you avoid them? Because dry the skin and disturb the secretion of sweat and sebum (yes, we need it for the proper functioning of the skin), and irritate the skin, cause itching and eczema. It can also cause body pain. Interestingly, allergy to these ingredients may appear only after prolonged use of cosmetics with this detergent.

The second very important point is parabens

like phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, ethylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens are nothing but ingredients that prolong the validity of cosmetics. As you know for cosmetics companies (not all!) The most important thing is that the cosmetic has the longest possible expiry date. Then you can be sure that it will be sold. It is a pity that no one thinks about how badly parabens affect us ... Parabens are toxic! can cause any allergic reactions. There is also speculation ongoing and added to deodorants do not contribute to breast cancer. However, this has not been clearly documented.

They take the third place dyes and flavors

e.g. linalool, geraniol, limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene ... Most often they are marked with the CI index (Color Index) and we can find them somewhere at the very end ... unfortunately and they have a bad effect on our skin - they can cause reactions allergic (that's why I try to avoid heavily perfumed cosmetics, because I know that usually these products make me allergic). The list of ingredients for fragrance compositions is long (26). I won't mention them all, but it's worth knowing that there are so many of them ...

For purely technical matters - when buying a cosmetic, pay attention to its expiration date. Too long (e.g. 3-4 years) tells us that the product definitely has parabens in it.

I also pay attention to whether the cosmetic has been tested on animals.

I am an opponent of this type of activities, which is why it is one of the most important factors for me whether I buy a given product or not (this was the case with Nivea cosmetics. When I found out that they test cosmetics on animals [and they still hide it perfectly well ...] I said that their product will never be at my house again).
Although I'm not a fanatical ecologist, I look at whether the packaging can be recycled. I hope that I was able to provide you with the most important information on buying cosmetics. Also remember that what is written on the label is not always true. Therefore, it is worth to approach this with great distance.
If you are unsure whether a cosmetic is harmful to you Your skin, whether it has not been tested on animals, etc. - ask, read the reviews. This will protect you from buying something that should not actually be released.
Martha, I hope that I managed to dispel your doubts and from today buying cosmetics will be easier for you :)