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How to Find the Best Beauty Products

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How to Find the Best Beauty Products

Learn How to Tell Which Products Work and Which Don’t

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As a licensed esthetician, I am often asked which products are the best available. Most people assume it’s the most expensive ones, but that is far from the truth. If you know what to look for on the packaging, you can figure out for yourself whether the product is any good or not. I know that even as I am telling you this you may doubt me, so allow me to explain.

Let’s start with cleansers. You will need to look at the ingredients list for this. If one of the first few ingredients is any type of sulfate, put it back. This is a cheap detergent used to clean plane engines—not really something you want to be washing your hair or face with. Look for products that advertise the fact that they are sulfate-free. A lot of skin and hair products contain sulfates, but it’s worthwhile to do the extra work to find the ones that don’t. Doing some research may keep you from wondering why your $150 hair color seems to fade after a couple of weeks, or why your skin feels so tight and dry (that’s the sulfates at work). One product to try: Hugo Naturals.

You also want to look for products that are pH balanced for the skin. The skin and scalp have a lipid barrier that has a pH of 4.5. A lot of cleansers, shampoos, and other skin/hair products have a much higher pH, which strips off your skin’s protective barriers. That means they are working against your skin, not with it. Though some products will list that they’re pH balanced, many don’t say anything at all, assuming that most people won’t know what this means anyway. Invest in some pH strips (they can be found in health food stores, or online, and are fairly inexpensive) so that you can test your products at home. If you put some of the product on the strip and it immediately turns yellow, it’s perfect for the skin. However, if it turns blue, the pH is too high and is no good.

Are you looking at lip balms? If a product contains petroleum, mineral oil, or wax, don’t buy it. Petroleum and mineral oil are made from crude oil, and have contaminants that are not good for you. Consider that you are putting these things on your lips, and swallowing a percentage of them when you eat or drink. Waxes are not much better, as they only coat the lips, instead of really hydrating them. Look for a lip balm made from coconut oil, olive oil, and other food-based ingredients. My personal favorite is Dr. Bronner’s Naked Lip Balm in the purple tube. Other good lip balms worth your money include Burt’s Bees, Badger SPF 15, and Dr. Hauschka.

There you have it, Taazies. Now that you know, be sure to put your knowledge (and money) to good use.

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@smallfry349 Well, I guess you learn something new every day, especially on this site. This comment has been removed.
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I just learned I've been using a few bad products!......I will be making some changes now. This comment has been removed.
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i use beesline lip care with bees wax it is very smoth and i use beeslin lip care spf 15 very very perfect. This comment has been removed.
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I did not know anything about what you have just wrote. I'm learning things everyday. I'll def avoid sodium laureth sulphate. This comment has been removed.
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Haven't been on here in a while. Guess I have missed out on your articles. I just threw three lipbalms away. I don't want to be swallowing toxins everytime I take a sip. I'm going to hit the Whole Foods first thing tomorrow morning. This comment has been removed.
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This is so informative Faith! I'll have to check out Hugo Naturals and the lip balms you mentioned! Great stuff to know about ingredients when buying new products! Thanks for sharing! This comment has been removed.
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I got some pH strips from the Vitamin Shoppe and I have been testing like a mad scientist. I tested all of my Olay products. They turned yellow right away. When I checked the ingredients on the face wash, it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, so I guess I'm going to have to look for another one. Again, another really great article, full of really useful info. This comment has been removed.
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I just took a look at my shampoo, face cleansers, and lip balms. They all contain the ingredients you're talking about. I had no idea. Plane engine degreaser? What's the matter with the beauty products industry? Then you wonder why your hair is dried out and frizzy or we're becoming addicted to our chapsticks. It sounds like these products are causing problems rather than fixing them. All I can say, is thanks for opening our eyes. This comment has been removed.
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The pH strips idea is genius! Also, so true about buying pH balanced products. I have random spots of eczema, and I have to use my facial cleanser (that is pH balanced) for those areas :) Love the article! This comment has been removed.
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Your articles are always so helpful and I learn something new each time. I HAD heard about petroleum, but still use Vaseline. However, for regular lip balms, I'm going to take your recommendations. This comment has been removed.
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