How to Read A Product’s Ingredient List: The Easy Way

Today, I have a short, but hopefully very helpful post for all you beauties! If you are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by trying to understand difficult and unpronounceable names on the ingredient list of your skincare or makeup products, I have found an easy solution for you. There are two main sites that I use to help me understand more about some of the ingredients within my products that I may not know about. I think it is important to do this because it helps you understand what your skin is soaking in (as it is our largest organ), and what may be potentially harmful, irritating or comedogenic. This is a great and easy way to look up certain ingredients, without you needing to be a chemist to know all about them.

1. The first site I use is This is by far my favourite website for analysing an ingredient list. It’s so quick and simple!

This is what you will see:

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Then, simply, copy & paste the whole ingredient list of a product within the white space and click Analysis. You can also just put in one ingredient if you just need to check it individually. You should see something like this:

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You can see that most of the time, the “analyzer” can identify what product the ingredients came from (in this case it was “Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser”). From left to right, you have the ingredient name, it’s function or purpose, whether it causes acne (From 1-5. 5 being the worst), whether the ingredient is an irritant (most of the time if it has a number, from 1-5, in the irritant section, it will also have one in the acne section, and finally the safety of the ingredient (Green is safe, usually natural, yellow is unsure/maybe be careful, and red being somewhat hazardous (usually the preservatives).

2. The second site I use is This site is great if you want more in depth information a particular ingredient.

Simply, type an ingredient within the search tool in the top right corner.

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Then, click on the “Ingredients” tab.

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Then, select the “View” button.

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Finally, you will come across a page with the selected ingredient. There are sections that cover what it is, its functions, its safety measures/side effects, as well as recommended products with the ingredient.

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I hope that you find these sites helpful. They significantly help me decide on whether to purchase a product or not. It saves you a lot of money and hassle!





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