When it comes to buying skin care products, do you really know what you're putting on your face?
Although it’s difficult to keep tabs on all the ingredients used, there are some key things to look out for.
An article published on The Conversation titled Health check: Is make up bad your skin? reveals the ingredients to keep on your radar.
"Unless you have a known allergy or sensitivity, there are no specific ingredients that everyone should avoid," writes Cara McDonald, Consultant Dermatologist, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.
"But looking for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic products is wise. Those with an oily skin type or a history of acne should also limit oil-based cosmetics."
However, anyone prone to skin irritation should take extra care.
"Those with a sensitive or dry skin type, an underlying inflammatory skin condition or history of contact allergy should try to avoid irritants and potential allergens," says Cara.
"Foaming agents, astringent products (such as toners that remove oils), scrubs and acids (such as alpha hydroxy acids used in acne and anti-ageing) tend to be irritating. Hypoallergenic formulations and those targeting sensitive skin are a good choice."