Ingredients Are You Getting Your Moneys Worth

Have you ever purchased commercial lotions or​ soaps that claimed to​ contain natural ingredients or​ some other moisturizer only to​ determine that you've wasted your money? if​ you said yes to​ this question,​ you're not alone. the​ commercial cosmetics industry list natural ingredients of​ aloe vera and here lately shea butter on​ their product labels to​ satisfy the​ consumers quest for natural products. You may even pay more for the​ inclusion of​ natural ingredients,​ but are you getting your money's worth

Keep the​ following in​ mind when purchasing products that make specific claims on​ the​ label:

1) the​ Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires that ingredients be listed in​ descending order of​ quantity. This means which ever ingredient makes up the​ bulk of​ the​ product should be listed first; therefore,​ if​ you're looking for a​ shea butter product,​ look for that ingredient towards the​ top of​ the​ ingredient list.

2) Natural means that ingredients are extracted directly from plants or​ animal products as​ opposed to​ being produced synthetically. Supposedly there is​ no proof that natural ingredients are better for the​ skin,​ but I can certainly tell the​ difference when using all natural bath oil verses the​ 100% mineral oil (a synthetic derived from petroleum),​ I've used in​ the​ past.

3) Hypoallergenic on​ cosmetic labeling claims the​ product will most likely not cause a​ allergic reaction. When you read terms "dermatologist-tested,​" "nonirritating,​" and other statements that imply the​ product has been tested isn't a​ guarantee that you won't have an​ allergic reaction.

4) Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) are the​ ingredients used in​ products that claim to​ reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Always use caution when applying these ingredients by testing a​ small area first to​ determine if​ a​ reaction will occur. You should also avoid the​ sun and use a​ sunscreen when using AHA.

5) Soap as​ you know it,​ is​ actually a​ snythetic detergent bar regulated by the​ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and is​ not required to​ meet FDA regulations unless it​ claims to​ do something other than cleanse. if​ the​ soap claims to​ be a​ deodorant soap it​ is​ considered cosmetic and must abide by FDA regulations. if​ it​ reduces dandruff or​ makes some other medical claim it​ must be considered a​ drug,​ carry the​ required drug labeling and also meet FDA safety and effectiveness requirements. I've used handmade soaps for some time and don't experience the​ skin dryness as​ when I've used commercial soaps. This is​ because handmade soaps retain natural glycerin,​ a​ humectant which attracts moisture to​ your skin,​ whereas the​ commercial soaps remove the​ glycerin to​ use in​ more profitable products.

Keep in​ mind that typically handmade bath and body products contain a​ higher percentage of​ natural ingredients. Whether you purchase commercial or​ "natural" products,​ I encourage you to​ shop around as​ all products are not created equal. Know what to​ look for regarding ingredients and how they are listed to​ determine if​ you are getting your money's worth. Take into consideration how the​ product makes your skin feel,​ does it​ dry your skin or​ does it​ feel soft and moisturized.

This article is​ not meant to​ bash commercial products,​ but should serve to​ help you make an​ informed decision concerning products and what you're actually getting.

For more information on​ cosmetic ingredients visit the​ Cosmetic,​ Toiletry,​ and Fragrance Association; the​ Federal Drug Association

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