Skip to main content

How to Check Your Beauty and Skincare Ingredients

Decode a product label with these tips.

Recently, I walked you through exactly how I evaluate a sunscreen.

Now—by popular request!—I'm going to share some tips on how to evaluate beauty and skincare products in general. 

As you might know, I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to ingredients. After all, when you strip away the pretty packaging, pseudoscientific claims and million-dollar ad campaigns, that's really what you're buying. 

That's why it's so important to become an informed consumer and be aware of what you're ACTUALLY putting on your skin. 

Safety is one thing, but ingredients that truly promote skin health are another. As RMS Beauty founder Rose-Marie Swift told the Vancouver Sun, "You have to remember that the cosmetic companies are making all this shit up... for the shareholders. That is all they are doing. They are not really making women's skin look beautiful."

I know it's becoming increasingly difficult to decipher all the technical terms on labels. So, allow me to walk you through my exact process for checking a product before I buy or apply it.

Here's my step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Consider Where It's Going