From cosmetics guru and author Paula Begoun:
Never buy a product claiming to
contain antioxidants or fancy ingredients (such as plant extracts) and
that comes in a jar. These ingredients don't like air and sunlight;
sticking your finger in (the container) contaminates the product. Opt
for tubes and pumps.
From Dr. Julia Hunter in Los Angeles:
When you visit a cosmetics
counter, always ask to see the box that the product comes in, because
that's usually where the ingredients are listed, not on the bottle or
jar. If you shop in open-sell stores (drugstores, supermarkets), read
the ingredients label before buying.
From Dr. Suzanne Kilmer, director of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California:
If you experience sensitive or
irritated skin, and you use dryer sheets, stop using them. Most people
don't realize that the fibers (in the sheets) are coated with perfume.
From Wil Baker of Max Green Alchemy:
For consumers who are really
concerned about what's in their products, consider purchasing an
ingredients dictionary and researching the products yourself.
From Carrie Stern, beauty editor at Quick & Simple magazine:
Sun protection is very
important. Look for products that have SPF (sun protection factor) 15
or higher and contain physical blockers like titanium dioxide or zinc
From Colette Courtion, founder and CEO, Calidora Skin Clinic in Seattle:
For consumers, what's best for
them is to not just rely on the marketing messages or celebrity
endorsements (for products). If possible, find someone who is licensed
and educated to explain what will work best on your particular skin type.