How to read a cosmetic label

Serving Hollidaysburg, State College, Johnstown, DuBois, and Nearby Pennsylvania

Posted: August 13, 2012

We all know how important it us to read the labels on the food we eat and fluids we drink, but what about our cosmetics? 

1. Product Identity
2. Net Contents
3. Product Ingredients
4. Directions for use
5. Origin of product
6. Manufacturer information
7. *Not a FDA requirement, denotes how long the product is stable once opened
8. *Not a FDA requirement, denotes compliance with European recycling standards
9. Warnings
For the Krew, it is very important that we read and understand what ingredients are in our products prior to recommending to our patients. Ingredients are listed in order of concentration, so the first ingredient is the one with the highest percentage in the product. Also, the full ingredient name will be listed. For instance, if the   Product claims to have "Retinol" in it and the ingredient listed in "retinol palmitate" the skin's response may not be what was originally intended.
Remember to read and understand what ingredients are in your products before you ever apply anything to your skin!