I wouldn’t call myself an expert in product formulation, but here are the steps I take to avoid clogged pores and irritation:

Step 1

I paste the ingredient list into http://www.cosdna.com/eng/ingredients.php. NOTE: Make sure each ingredient is separated by a comma and has no symbols before/after it.

This program rates each ingredient based on the likelihood of it clogging pores, causing irritation, and safety. It also has a brief description of the purpose of the ingredient. It can provide outdated information though, which is why I make sure to move on to step 2.


Step 2

Because Cosdna is a bit outdated and isn’t always accurate, I cross check the ingredients with high numbers to make sure they really are something to worry about. I go here http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary and search each highly numbered ingredient at a time in the box (upper right-hand corner) called “Search Paula’s Choice.” Then, click the tab called “Ingredients.” Click on the ingredient to read more information on it. 

Why do I recommend double checking with Paula’s Choice? I trust them because they make sure their information is up-to-date and they have high standards. They pick apart the scientific studies they find and only choose the best. Paula’s Choice has disproven a lot of skincare “myths” out there.

Step 3

Because everyone’s skin reacts differently to products, no method is a 100% guarantee of success. To lessen the impact of getting a product that’s unsuitable for you, be sure to buy your products from stores that sell sample sizes or offer returns. Many stores are offering returns on used skincare products now, which is fantastic! I talk more about my favorite online beauty stores and info on their return policies here.

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