Hey FaceTory Fam,
When looking at a skincare product, do you ever look at the ingredient list on the packaging and wonder, "What do these skincare ingredients really mean?"
It's a common question, and I applaud you for wanting to learn more about it too!
If you follow @myfacetory on TikTok, you would have already seen that the gals at FaceTory created a series about skincare ingredients! And if you're an OG Tory Blog reader, then you would have already known about the Ingredient 101 Series that I do on the blog! ;D I recommend referring to those if you're wondering about a specific ingredient or want to learn more!
Today on the blog, I want to mention 2 main points about ingredient lists, as there seem to be constant discussions about what's good and what's bad. So, let's get to it!
First, if you're looking at the packaging of your product and see the list of long names that at times look like another language, then congrats! You've found the ingredient list! Just kidding-- some products have a short list with easy names too! ;D But all joking aside, when I first started learning about skincare, these names would confuse the heck out of me! Luckily with lots of research and guidance, I was able to learn a lot about what ingredients do. Some ingredients are there to help with the consistency, some are there to make sure it stays fresh, some are there to moisturize and hydrate, some are there to lift and brighten, and some are there to help your product smell good!
Look at the first 6
The ingredients you want to pay attention to are the first 6 ingredients in that list. Ingredient lists are ordered based on what they're mostly made out of so the first few ingredients will give you a good idea about what your product will help with.
Water, is it okay?
Going off of that, my next point has to deal with water being one of the first 6 ingredients. Is it bad? Is it good? Does that mean I'm just putting water on my face? No, my dear friend. It does not mean that you're putting water on your face. This is something I find important to talk about because it can give off that impression at times. But water helps your product formulation tremendously! It's not a bad thing at all (: It also helps the product sink into the skin better, so it's just not sitting on your skin.
So next time you're looking into trying a product, a good tip is to look into the key ingredients and benefits that are usually stated on the packaging or description of the product. Then once you've done that, check out the full list of ingredients and research the first 6 ingredients to get more information.
I hope those quick tips help you out on your next skincare purchase! Don't forget to check out the TikTok videos the girls made too~
Thanks for reading and I'll see you in the next blog!