How to Decode Beauty Product Labels

When you pick your beauty products and cosmetics, would you know how safe they are on your skin? While you may gather information about your product from the label, it is equally important to understand what the codes mean. Don’t let the quirky, attention-grabbing packaging fool you; since for all you know, the codes may be telling you that the product may not suit your skin type! Here are a couple of things you need to pay attention to while shopping for your products.

Ingredients. It is compulsory for the brands to list all the ingredients on the label as per the directives by the USFDA. The ingredient that is most present in the product is listed first, and the least in the end.

Shelf life. There are symbols to represent the shelf life of a product. A little jar icon means PAO (period after opening), which is printed along with a number and letter M. It means the number of months the product can be used after opening the seal. Other icons are egg timer and hourglass, which represent  BSE (best before end date).

Certifications. Some of the certifications given to all products are ECOCERT, Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (Leaping Bunny), USDA organic seal, and PETA. ECOCERT and USDA organic are similar to each other. They mean that around ninety-five percent of the ingredients are organic or plant-based and that there are no synthetic additives like dyes and preservatives in it. PETA means that the product is cruelty-free. Leaping Bunny is a certification that states that the product is not tested on animals.

 

-Sumana