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Ingredient Labels Explained

By: Robert Manzo
Posted: May 28, 2013, from the June 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Before & After

Before: After weeks of cleansing with a waxy cleanser, there is no visible occlusion. After: Under UV light imaging, a heavy occlusive layer is visible.

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2. There is a difference between sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium lauryl sulfate can be very drying and irritating while sodium laureth sulfate is gentler to skin.

3. Non-sulfate products tend to be gentler to the skin, but often do not cleanse as well, so makeup is not completely removed in many instances

Cleanser myths

1. Parabens are unsafe. This is completely untrue as stated and restated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although they are safe, many manufacturers now formulate products without parabens because of this consumer misconception.

2. Sulfates are unsafe. This is a similar case to parabens—very often, sulfates are confused with sulfites, which are not the same.

Lotions & Creams

There are many different formulation types for lotions and creams. The most common is an oil-in-water emulsion. Simply put, there are oil-soluble ingredients and water-soluble ingredients in most lotions and creams. Usually, the oil-soluble ingredients are in lower concentrations than the water-soluble ingredients. It is well-known that if oil and water are combined, they separate, so ingredients have to be added to stabilize the oil and water ingredients together; these are called emulsifiers.

The Skin Care Ingredient Handbook is so much more than an ingredient dictionary. You will learn about cellular functions and skin aging; skin care trends for ethnic skin, scalp and hair products, BB creams, suncreens; active versus functional ingredients, natural, organic, and synthetic ingredients; OTC drugs; INCI names, antioxidants and DNA and how to read labels. Did we mention the newest ingredients are listed?

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