Choosing the right product is rarely easy for me because I want the BEST one at the most reasonable price I can find. And that means research; lots and lots of research.
One thing that can really take the guesswork out of the buying process is skipping the claims the product makes and looking at the cold hard facts: What’s in this stuff? When you start paying attention to the list of ingredients, you put yourself in the driver’s seat.
Here’s a great example: I’ve been researching skin care like a madwoman lately as I am utterly envious of makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s skin. It is so gorgeous, and she uses a wide range of products to cater to every whim of her epidermis.
One product on her list (and the lists of many, many other women) is the Eve Lom cleanser. This mythical creature will run you between about $66 and $140. That’s about $20.50 per ounce at its cheapest. “Sounds like spreadable gold! Where can I purchase this fine product?!” you might ask.
Well, if you have a wooden cutting board at home, you might already be using the main ingredient to treat the wood that you use to cleanse your face: Mineral oil. That’s right. Mineral oil. Here’s the complete ingredient list for this cleanser:
PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), PEG-30 LANOLIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, ALUMINUM STEARATE, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, PEG-75 LANOLIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) LEAF OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS) CONE OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, BHT, BUTYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN.
I was utterly shocked by the lack of ingredients that are actually good at nourishing the skin. Save your money, and find an oil that works best with your skin type instead.