At SkinStore, we always want to help our customers shop for their beauty routine with all the resources we can offer to make your shopping experience easier, and that includes learning how to read clean beauty labels. Here’s how to navigate reading the labels on your beauty products, clean and beyond!
Why You Should Read the Label of Your Clean Beauty Products
If you are trying to be more mindful of your skincare journey, it’s in your best interest to be knowledgeable about reading the ingredient lists on your skincare products. At SkinStore, we excluded 48 ingredients from our clean beauty category that brands couldn’t feature in their products. However, the United States only prohibits 11 ingredients suspected of causing any harm from being used in cosmetics.
There are two congressional laws the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses to regulate cosmetic labeling:
Cosmetic labeling laws
- Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act: This law1 defines the provisions, regulations, and intended use of an ingredient. However, its intention for label regulation is exclusive to prohibiting “adulterated or misbranded” ingredients, unsafe color additives, or poisonous substances. Basically, this means cosmetic companies aren’t allowed to knowingly poison their consumers.
- Fair Packaging and Labeling Act: This law’s2 primary function enables the FDA to oversee that all labeling equips consumers with accurate ingredient information.
These two laws don’t require the brands to share any of that information with the FDA, and it also allows brands and manufacturers to use pretty much any ingredient in products that they want as long as “the ingredient and the finished cosmetic are safe under labeled or customary conditions of use.”
While it gives brands a lot of leeway, due to consumer demands for transparency more and more brands are being upfront with their ingredient formulas, and clean beauty is no exception. Here’s how to read the labels on your clean or traditional skincare beauty products. Some brands have been having that level of transparency for years, like Organic Pharmacy.