Inci: if you know it, you read it the right way. It already happened to buy shampoo, bath shower or face and body cream without having the slightest idea of how they were made and how safe your skin was. If your choice is mainly based on the aesthetics of the package and the advertising you’ve seen on the TV, you’re probably buying commercial products that contain parabens and petroleum derivatives.
You are not the first and certainly you won’t be the last one. In this article we will help you make informed choices about your health and that of the planet.
One of the main tools to judge the goodness and nature of a cosmetic product is certainly the INCI. Literally “International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients” (International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients), INCI is a mandatory indication for manufacturers to be included on the product label. In this way the final consumer can make the best choice based on his needs.
However, it is often an advantage that is ignored by the user and people continue to make their purchases based on other criteria, ranging from the price to the advice of the seller, but also the advertising and the suggestion of a friend.
Very often indeed, purchases of products for beauty and cleansing of face and body are based on ignorance (in a good sense, mind you) of people on the subject, who risk spending their money for the purchase of cosmetics that are not only unsuitable for your skin, but are also unhealthy (if not carcinogenic) and polluting for the environment.
Fortunately, in recent years people are much more aware, conscious and attentive to what they use for the care and beauty of their body and hair.
Your INCI guide for reading the “good” ingredients of cosmetics
In this simple guide we will explain everything you need to know about INCI for cosmetic products and how to read labels to understand what you are putting on your skin. We advise you to read it carefully to never have more doubts and uncertainties when you will find yourself buying and using a cosmetic without risking being allergic or intolerant to any ingredient.
A cosmetic product can in fact contain harmful substances by law, but within certain limits that are considered “non-hazardous”. The concept is similar to that of cigarettes. Tobacco is not harmful itself, but many of the substances contained within cigarettes are. Yet they are sold the same. In fact on the packages there are always written the damages that these substances could cause, then it is up to the people to choose.
Cosmetics are not very different in this regard.
In them, in addition to the active ingredients, there are almost always other substances that can be irritating or even carcinogenic for some subjects. Especially if they are in particular physical conditions. In fact, substances derived from oil are often used to close the pores and are absorbed by the skin. The result? Redness, irritation and dermatitis.
Would you put petroleum on your skin?
You’ve probably already done it.
But thanks to a careful reading of the INCI you can easily identify harmful substances and make your choice. Here’s what and how to read the cosmetics label:
1) Pay attention to the order in which the ingredients are written. The ingredients must be indicated one after the other starting from the substance present in greater quantities and up to that in smaller quantities. In this way it will be easy to identify the percentage of possibly “harmful” substances that you are rubbing on your skin. But that is not all.
2) Language and numbering of ingredients on the label. When the substances are written with their own Latin name it means that they have been inserted without any chemical modification. Otherwise, the use of the English language and the numerical codes identify substances that are the result of chemical synthesis.
Essere Cosmetics are 100% natural and organic and are grown according to the rules of green chemistry, do not contain parabens or petroleum derivatives, are vegan free and are not tested on animals.
If you have any doubts and you want to investigate if a cosmetic ingredient that you read on the label is considered “good” or potentially harmful for the environment and for your skin, you can rely on the biodizionario in which more than 4000 cosmetic ingredients are listed according to the their level of acceptability.
Contact us for any inquiries regarding the INCI of the Essere products and we will be very happy to provide you with all the information necessary to make your choice.