Before you make skincare purchases, what’s the key decision? Naturally, you’d want to know what’s inside the beauty product before putting them on the skin.
Don’t be nervous when you come across all the scientific jargon because there are websites will help you in regard to the ingredients and give you all the information you need. Here are five handy websites: SkinCarisma, CosDNA, INCIDecoder, Skinsort and Cosmily.
The people who started SkinCarisma are just like any other beauty enthusiast out there who had skincare problems throughout the years. When they encountered many people who experienced the same issues, they decided to create this platform to make it easier.
What I like about SkinCarisma:
SkinCarisma is the first skincare analyser that I use personally. At that time, I wanted to know more about the ingredients. Overall, this platform is easy to use. Some of the features that I like are the quick notes and the components related to skin type.
Back in 2017, I always used SkinCarisma and CosDNA back to back for comparisons. This platform is a user-submitted product database where it will list down the ingredients and rate them. Their data sources include international experts, institutions and publications.
What I like about CosDNA:
There isn’t much difference compared to other platforms. However, in the cosmetics analyser section, users can upload visuals of ingredients which makes for easier reference.
The tagline of INCIDecoder is certainly catchy: “Like CosDNA, but better”. Well, they certainly know what they are doing! You can check comedogenicity and irritancy ratings, main functions and good-for-the-skin-rating. The difference is they have detailed, research-referenced ingredient explanations written by a cosmetic formulator and scientist.
What I like about INCIDecoder:
The interface is modern and call me biased, but its choice of purple is a lovely colour for me. Besides that, I like the breakdown of each of the ingredients. As a skincare enthusiast, it’s very beneficial!
SkinSort started as a relatively simple idea – a routine creator connected to a product and ingredients database. Their product database is one of the core elements of the site since the platform algorithms have analysed thousands of skincare products to provide helpful information.
What I like about Skinsort:
I like the clean interface for the same reason as I am inclined towards INCIDecoder. But Skinsort is more than just an ingredients analysis website. You can also create a routine that is sharable to social sites such as Reddit and Instagram. Personally, I find everything to be more straightforward when I use this website.
Cosmily is a beauty and self-care products ingredients checker and the product reviews are written by real customers. This alternative platform will give you more about the positive effects of every component. The report that you come across on Cosmily may differ significantly from other websites.
What I like about Cosmily:
Cosmily reminds me of SkinCarisma. But, their organic/synthetic ration information is an extra feature. From there, you can see how many components that are natural and synthetic inside the beauty products. The breakdown of information is also apparent.
All you need to do now is copy-paste your ingredients’ list into one of these five websites. It’s good to know all the information, learn the potential threats and the jargon explained in the simplest form.
Based on Byrdie article, board-certified New York City dermatologist Dr Kenneth Howe stated: “Today’s beauty consumer is more concerned than ever before about what, exactly, is in the products they’re putting on their skin. The days of blind compliance – when a person just used whatever the “experts” told them to use – are long over.”
It’s easy to make quick decisions nowadays, but it’s advisable to seek medical advice if you still have doubts. You’re more than welcome to do that as a consumer!