Picture yourself shopping for pork sausages.  The packs on offer go from the “Value Range” at 80p to the “Luxury Range” at £4.  How do you choose which to buy?  Most would look at the ingredients as well as the price.

Ingredients are shown in order of predominance in the product.  So after pork, you may find cheap “filler” ingredients like rusk, water, pork fat, artificial flavourings, etc.  The lower the % of pork the higher the % of fillers.  You want the best nutrition for your family so you buy the sausages with higher meat content and fewer fillers.

The same is true for your skincare.  The ingredients on packaging also go in order of predominance.  So, if the product claims to contain the latest active ingredient, but it’s at the bottom of a long list of “filler” ingredients, chances are it’s not going to do much for you.

If the ingredients at the top include mineral oils (e.g. “paraffin”, “propylene”, “petrolatum”), these form a barrier layer which can block pores, prevent active ingredients from entering, and gradually dry the skin.

Around 95% of high street skincare products contain mineral oils as main ingredients because they are cheap but feel silky to the touch.  That’s why premium skincare products like Dermalogica, which are packed with active ingredients instead of fillers, cost a little more.

So get savvy when you shop for skincare, because what you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your body.