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Ingredients to Avoid and to Love in Make Up Products

March 13, 2018 by Samantha Smith
Make up products ingredients

Have we become pretty savvy now in knowing what to look for in products? It does seem common knowledge nowadays that the ingredients which are listed first, second or third on the label are the key ingredients, so if any of those at the top of the list scream no-no, then it’s probably not worth your time. This applies to food products, make up products, hair products – any products really. It’s also great to know what the ingredients are. Water is obviously water, but what is sodium lauryl sulfate and should it even be in the mix? For this reason we recommend you:

Always read the label. If there are ingredients in it that you have no idea what they are, research before purchasing, or steer clear. Generally, the ones you do know should stand out at the top of the list such as collagen, vitamin c, vitamin e, coconut oil and so on.

Remember, the ingredients strength is demonstrated by where it sits in the ingredient list, so if a product is advertised as almond oil & macadamia but both those ingredients feature below fifth in the ingredients list, it’s safe to assume the product will not work as well as advertised. Again, this detective ingredient list work works for any product type.

Now when it comes to make up products, there are some key ingredients to look out for which make them better for skin than others:


Collagen is what gives skin structure and as levels of it naturally decrease in the body, skin starts to sag and wrinkle. It is definitely a ‘firm’ favourite of any skin care product. But finding a foundation containing collagen may help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but unlike collagen based skin care products, this foundation can’t help turn back time.

Vitamin C

Wonderful, essential vitamin required by the body to help promote collagen synthesis as well as act as an antioxidant to help protect skin from being damaged by external environmental factors. Essentially, vitamin C keeps skin healthy.


Has been found to possess wonderful anti-ageing properties and possess a high antioxidant capability, which (as in the case of vitamin c) helps keep skin healthy.

And some not-so-good-ones to look out for in your make up products:

Silicones including dimethicone or cyclomethicone. These are used to add slip (very common in conditioner) but in makeup they help the product slide on easier, creating a sort of barrier on the skin keeping dirt out. But silicones can also seal ‘in’ sebum and bacteria which can cause skin breakouts – so best to avoid.

Often found in powder make up, Bismuth oxychloride is another one to avoid. It is generally used to give a matte finish, but it is essentially a heavy metal which can cause skin irritation and breakouts.Clear:skin

Non-comedogenic make up will always be ideal for skin prone to breakouts, but if they also contain essential skin vitamins, such products could further help to promote skin health whilst wearing it. So there you have it, some make-up products can be good for your skin. And remember, the help: clear skin range can help support your clear skin journey from within whilst you take care of your natural outward beauty.

One thought on “Ingredients to Avoid and to Love in Make Up Products”

  1. moomi says:

    Thank you for this. Well put!

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