What to look for and what to avoid in a good skincare product

Posted on: 20 July 2017

If you browse any department store or beauty supply store, you'll probably see dozens of different skincare products, all of which promise to help smooth wrinkles, tighten and tone skin, and make you look more radiant. Since most, if not all, skincare products promise the same things, how do you know which one to buy for yourself, or to stock on your own retail store shelves? Note a few things to look for on the label of any skincare product you might buy, so you know you're getting something of high-quality that will work well for your skin.


Vitamins are very important for skincare, as vitamins are the building blocks of the body's cells, including the cells of the skin. Without proper vitamins in your system, your skin may look sallow and pale or downright blotchy. However, with plenty of vitamins in your diet and in your skincare products and cosmetics, your skin can rebuild and restore itself, so that it looks soft and radiant, with an even tone and healthy texture.

Organic ingredients

Organic ingredients are those that have been grown without harsh chemicals, including pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Choosing organic ingredients in your cosmetics ensures that chemicals won't be coming into contact with your skin when you use the products. Since many people have very sensitive skin on their face, it's good to avoid as many chemicals in your skincare products as possible, so choose organic lines and brands.

Parabens, dyes

One thing you don't want your skincare products or cosmetics to have are parabens; these are preservatives that are often used in makeup products, shampoo, moisturizers, and the like. Parabens can irritate sensitive skin and clog pores, making them look bigger and causing breakouts. Dyes can also irritate sensitive skin or allow cosmetic products to separate while being stored, so they don't last as long or work as well as they should.


Some cosmetic brands and skincare products will have fragrances added, as a "clean" smell or the smell of flowers might trick a consumer into thinking that a certain product is healthier for the skin. As with parabens and dyes, fragrances can also irritate your skin and even your sinuses; some are made with alcohol, which might dry your skin and sinuses and even your eyes. To avoid this irritation, choose a product that is free of fragrances and use the ingredient list to determine if it's high-quality, not the product's scent.

Talk to a skin care manufacturer to see if their products will meet your needs.