I wish I could tell you “Absolutely Nothing”, but the truth is labels can be useful. Shoot, maybe even fun. On the lighter side of things, a label should tell you a bit more about the brand who designed it for you. Kind of like clothes on a person. We know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the cover does give you clues about the vibe of the book at a glance. If I am being honest, sometimes I buy products (and by products, I mean wine) just because I like the label. I’m not saying that is the most well thought out reason to buy something, only admitting it is a personal weakness. But on the more serious side of things, there are very real reasons that the label on your beauty care is something that you may want to pay more attention to. Here are three reasons that may matter to you.
I hear a lot of folks say things like “I know my products are safe, if they weren’t they couldn’t be sold at the store”. And that is mostly real. We are lucky to have regulations that protect us and safety reviews of ingredients. But keep in mind that just because ingredients are safe, doesn’t necessarily mean they are right for you. It is important to pay attention to the results that you get, personally, from your products. Both the good and the bad results. And take note when you get something noticeably good or noticeably bad, what are the ingredients in those products? Also take note of the order in which the ingredients are listed. The highest content ingredients really are listed first, so if you are buying a product for a specific ingredient but it is listed last…well, consider comparing it to other products that may have a higher concentration of the ingredient you are seeking.
I think we are all aware that there are two types of people, those that read directions and those that don’t. For the sake of my marriage, I will leave it at that (wink). But even if you are on the side of never “needing” to read directions, they can sometimes help you get the most out of your products. I find this especially true now that there are so many fancy names popping up for beauty products. Thinks like “skin milk” or “hair perfecter”. What is the best way to use a skin milk? And do I want to perfect my hair before I wash it or after? The truth is that there is really no way of knowing how a product is best used without reading the directions. Sure, you can wing it, but you may end up not getting the most from your products. This is not a lack of knowledge on your part, but rather an indication that not all manufacturers mean the same thing by “skin milk” or even “conditioner”. Some conditioners have ingredients that can penetrate your hair, but need to be left on a certain amount of time to be fully effective for example. These things will most often be easily understood by simply reading the directions.
Warnings and Contact Information
This really speaks for itself, but warnings are put onto product labels for a reason. It is best to listen to the warnings called out on any product. And just in case something does go wrong with a product that you purchase, there should be a phone number or other contact information on the label that can connect you with the company to get the proper guidance to follow to keep you safe and hopefully happy!