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Cosmetics Literacy: Ingredients and Usage Method

2019/08/04

Untill 2000, listing all the ingredients on cosmetics
back label was not compulsory with regard to Japanese laws.
The obligation of listing was limited to only 103 specific
components which were regarded as susceptible
to allergies or irritations to customers.
However, since April 2001, the law was upgraded 
to encompass the display of all ingredients.

But, although all ingredients are listed now on the cosmetics packages,
how many of you do fully understand cosmetics ingredients labels?
Are these ingredients labels useful to make the best choice?

Japanese cosmetics ingredients labels http://www.ankh-jp.com/english/

Japanese cosmetics ingredients labels

Hello everyone!
It is Obara Komina, Total Balance Beauty Planner.

There are various problems related to the cosmetics ingredients labels,
here are some of the concerns I have heard from my clients:
“I don’t know the criteria based on which I can choose a product that suits me the best…”
“I had chosen the product because it was labeled as organic,
but when I used it, eczema apeared on my face and back.”
Moreover, “I don’t want to use those products containing chemical components. 
I prefer to make my cosmetics by myself!”
  
Although there are many other aspects that should be considered
as well such as the contents of the products, the price, the method
of purchase, etc., today I will try to explain about ingredients
labels found on Japanese cosmetics and how to read them.

Usually, the ingredients are grouped and displayed by category:

◆ Specific components
This category s
hows only any of the 103 ingredients that might
cause irritation or allergies, depending on the person.

◆ Additive-free

This category does not contain any of the above 103 ingredients.
But, it might still contain synthetic surfactants, synthetic polymers,
silicone oils, synthetic preservatives, tar pigments, chemically synthesized
components derived from petroleum, etc.

◆ Organic cosmetics

So, which category you are more likely to choose in case you have sensitive hair and scalp?
Organic cosmetics appear to be the most suitable, but in Japan,
the definition of this category includes a wide range of products which,
unlike the above two categories, use natural agents such as plants and natural minerals.
  
The problem is that the products that are sold in the Japanese market
are not only those whose the categories’ boundaries are clearly separated.
 

There may be more mixed types…
Also, when purchasing products according to their purpose, then the usage might vary.

So, it is very important to consider what is the point that you connot compromise with.

There is a wide variety of products that can be put on the skin, from the top of the head
to the toes, and even inside the mouth.
So, if you are using so many products with various ingredient’s categories, 
then how can you manage to choose them?
I think this is why getting some cosmetics literacy is important…  (^^)
 
One other problem regarding the ingredients is when one
displayed name can refer to different contents.

For example, when it comes to a silicone agent, it might refer
to plant-based substances or oil-derived products that can be harmful to hair and skin.

Surfactants can also be very harmful and destroy the skin barrier.
So they shouldn’t be used continuously.

The category of products used everyday are mainly face wash,
shampoos,
and body wash, but quite often it is enough
to wash away the sweat with only hot water.


I myself wash my face in the morning using lukewarm water only.
I think it is enough to not get it dry.

As base makeup, I use herbal products which are 
clinically formulated with a firm moisturizing effect.

(Herb magic cosmetics or Jiyugaoka clinic doctor’s cosmetics)
And then, I apply a very gentle foundation to the skin
(Cle de Beaute product).


Because I have the opportunity to meet many people in my job, 

and even though I opt for natural cosmetics, I do not want to get crumbled makeup.

For point makeup, M.A.C has the richest color palette (do you agree?).

If there is anything that one should not be flexible about, it is the lips.
Whatever brand you use, your lips will get rough soon after (tears),
I use herb magic lip color palette.
It is a hypoallergenic product that is almost a tinted lip balm.

I think that my skin does not probably look too weak
from its appearance, but it definitely is sober.

I also always wear comfortable underwear made
from natural materials such as cotton or silk!
If you wear synthetic underwear, you are at risk to get eczema.
So, layering with natural materials is essential. (^ ^)

Yet, there are so many other things to mention,
but I will finish it around here today.
 

If you have any problems, please feel free to contact us (^ ^) /

  

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