Thursday, June 26, 2014

What Cosmetic Ingredients Should You Buy and Not Buy?

I believe smart cosmetic shopper is those who do not look at the brand name but the ingredients. There so so many famous brands advertised in magazine and yes there are product that are good, but there are also better products that is not noticed.

Good and better products is determined by their effect, and of course, ingredients. Many girls just look at the brand name or uses product that have been aired in Beauty Channels or cosmetic used by celebrities.

I'm not saying that it's bad, but it's better to see what ingredients you should get for your type of skin. 

**Please remember that it's better to determined whether the ingredients is bad or good by the amount, usually the end of the list of ingredients means they used less and front of the list means they used that ingredient the most**

This is from "How to Choose cosmetic depending on Skin Type" Published by Korea Dermatologist Organization in 2008.10.23

If you are not so sure what type of skin you have


  1. dibutul hydroxy toulene (DHT) : antioxidant in cosmetics, cause disorders, hair loss, irritability
  2. Mineral Oil : Liquid petroleum, Generated as by products in mixing crude oil and refined petroleum. Major component is Alkane and Paraffin
  3. butyl hydroxy anisole (BHA) : If drank cause walking difficulties, digestive bleeding, liver hemorrhage, genetic disorders, allergies 
  4. Sodium lauryl sulfate, SLS : Surfactants
  5. sorbic acid : cream surfactants, cause pore allergy
  6. avobenzone = Parasol 1789, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane : Sun Block
  7. Oxybenzone = benzophenone : Scored 8 out of 10 in toxic test
  8. imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin : Antiseptic, cause skin infections
  9. isopropyl methyphenol = Isopropyl cresol, 0-cymene-5-ol : Used fro sun cream, cause acne, pimples and rashes
  10. isopropyl alchol = Propyl alcohol, pro-phenol, isopropanol, rubbing alcohol : Used Hair conditioner, body scrub, hand lotion, shaving lotion, perfume and intensive 
  11. synthetic fragrances
  12. thymol : Surfactants in hair products, cause dizziness, Vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache
  13. triethanolamine (TEA) : Use to control pH, Cleansing Product main ingredients
  14. triisopropanolamine : Used for perfume, cuase driness and rough skin texture
  15. triclosan : Deodorant, anti-bacterial ingredients used as detergent, decrease the ability to create, modify and weaken the immune system 
  16. Paraben : Surfactants
  17. phenoxyethanol : Surfactants (Used instead of Paraben)
  18. polythylene glycol (PEG) : Lotions, creams, shampoo, moisturizer, etc., used as a surfactant, a organic ingredinet but most uses synthetic and this is considered carcinogen (Cancer causing)
  19. synthetic colors = Yellow 4, Red No. 219, Red No. 202 : FDA banned ingreidents, cause salt mill and scale lips
  20. Hormones = Estrogen, estradiol, estradiol, estradiol in chinil
  21. dimethicone : Silicon Oil, that helps absorbency and dehydrate fast, it cause pore blocking and can cause Fertility 
There are many Antiseptic out there it's hard to find something without one.
If you need this is the order of toxic of each Antiseptic:
Methyl <Ethyl <Profiles <butyl 
Methyl has no effect unless its been under the sun
Then it goes through reaction that causes DNA changes

OILY SKIN - Recommended Ingredients

  • Glycolic acid - reducing turn over, Helps abosrbe more moisture
  • Salicylic acid, I play oxy-9 
  • Chlorophyll- Oil Control
  • Green tea, witch hazel, lemon, menthol Campana,
  • Chlorophyll
  • Allantoin - Has snesitive relaxing effect, skin protection increase
  • Tea tree, licorice, zinc oxide, 
  • Calendula extract 
  • Sulphur - antiseptic, anti-inflammatory effect 
  • Trichloroacetic glass - reduce bacteria growth 
  • Titanium oxide - containing physical blocking sunscreen ingredients (Recommended for acne prone skin)

OILY SKIN - Ingredients You must NOT Use

  • Triglycerides
  • Palma tea salt
  • Myristic acid
  • Stearate
  • Stearic acid - emollient ingredients : Cuase more oil production, block pores and cause acne
  • Coconut oil : Potential to cause acne 
  • Shea butter : Potential to cause acne 
  • Vaseline : Potential to cause acne 
  • Oxybenzone, Methoxymate : Used as sunscreen chemically blocking ingredient, cause irritation

DRY SKIN - Recommended Ingredients

  • Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, propylene glycol
  • 1,3-butylene glycol
  •  Shea Butter - A powerful moisturizer increases skin function
  • Sodium PCA - one of the natural moisturizing factor
  • Vitamin E - help blood circulation, nutrition skin
  • Vitamin A - Renewing Skin
  • Vitamin C- collagen synthesis increase skin elasticity
  • Collagen and elastin - the fiber protein dermis, Increase in skin moisture retention
  • Avocado Oil, Bean extract - preventing water evaporation
  • Oatmeal protein, soy extract - increases skin elasticity
  • Chamomile, cucumber, peach, seaweed extract - Moisturizing, and skin softening
  • Mori Cortex extract, kojic acid arbutin - whitening effect, reducing age spot, dark spot
  • Grape Seed Extract - a powerful anti-oxidant skin aging
  • Beta-carotene, the file's wort extract 
  • Vitamin B complex - skin softener, wrinkles prevention
  • Panthenol - skin conditioning effects

DRY SKIN - Ingredients You must NOT Use

  • Alcohol - sterilization Compound, Cause dryness
  • Mud - Sebum absorption ingredients, cause dryness and sensitivity
  • Menthol, Peppermint - Soothing and serum effect, cause skin irritation

SENSITIVE SKIN - Recommended Ingredients

  • Vitamin K, vitamin P, the host nut extract Zest - Strengthening the blood vessels 
  • Chamomile, Aloe, Cornflower, Allantoin - relax sensitivity
  • Seaweed extract - rich in minerals and nutrients contained helps skin to become healthy
  • Titanium oxide - Physical sunscreen ingredients

SENSITIVE SKIN - Ingredients You must NOT Use

  • Alcohol - sterilization, the sterilization cuase dryness
  • Surfactants - the cleaning composition, more dry and sensitivity can get worse 
  • Menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus-soothing skin, cause iritation 
  • Aromatic oil - skin irritation 
  • High concentration of fruit acids (AHA) - strong acid cause irritation 
  • Lemon, orange, raspberry-citrus acid is a strong fruit cause iritation
  • Oxybenzone, Sina Methoxymethyl-mate - chemical sunscreen blacking ingredient cause irritation
  • Best to not use any of the 20 ingredients that is not recommended to use above


  • Amyl Cinnamal
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Cinnamyl Alcohol
  • citral
  • Eugenol 
  • hydroxycitronellal
  • isoeugenol
  • Amylcinnamyl Alcohol
  • Benzyl Salicylate
  • Cinnamal 
  • coumarin
  • geraniol
  • Isohexyl 3-hydroxy-cyclohex-aldehyde Vox senka
  • Anise ethanol
  • Benzyl cinnamate
  • Farnesol
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional
  • Linalool 
  • Benzyl Benzoate
  • citronellol
  • Hexyl Cinnamal
  • Limonene 
  • Methyl2-octanoate
  • alpha-Octanoate
  • Oak moss extract 
  • Tree moss extract

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  1. This is a super helpful article! ^^ I'm taking note to make wise choices.
    Want to buy with you, I'll make a list and send you an email to see how much would be the cost...I'm in Chile, so everywhere I see (Gmarket, Testerkr) prices are high.-

    Best regards!

    1. Thank you Evelyn, I really hope this help you make 'wise choices' like you said
      Their cost is the lowest but their shipping fee is the highest, that's why.

  2. Thank you for this. I am going to bookmark it!
    Do add me back via GFC and G+

    1. I really do hope that it helps you make the right decision when you buy cosmetic :)

  3. Wow, thank you for this useful post! I have mixed feelings whenever I spot 'cones and parabens in my beauty products x_x because there's a positive thing but also negative thing from those ingredients ;(


    1. Me too, But it's best not to use it as much as possible. It's not easy though to find something that doesn't have any of these, even if there is the cost is quiet high.
      I try to find something that doesn't have things that are dangerous. and see how much amount is used.


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