Why you shouldn’t be scared of a long ingredients list.

Let’s talk about something slightly controversial today. Skin care ingredients.

Over the years we have certainly become very adept at identifying issues with some brands and ingredients, and I think most of us are now pretty confident that we need to look after the skin on our face separately to the skin on our body.
This is fantastic! We’ve created a movement forcing the beauty industry to step up and cater to the new, educated market.

But there’s a problem...

We’ve overstepped the boundary... and now were scrutinising every ingredient in every bottle of every lotion. And why shouldn’t we? I want to know what’s inside this product that I’m putting on my face. But do I ACTUALLY know what it is?

I’m going to discuss why you shouldn’t be scared of a long ingredients list on your products, and it boils down to one important point:

They serve a purpose.

Take a look at the back of any skincare product you have laying around right now... lots of chemical names you don’t recognise, right? Chemicals are bad so these must be toxic and bad for me?

Take for example this ingredient:
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate. Very chemically sounding... I agree.
But what is it? And why is it in my skincare?
It’s actually a derivative taken from the humble Licorice plant. And its there to improve on flaky skin. It also helps hyaluronic acid to stay in the skin for longer lasting hydration, and youthful looking skin.

Ok... so this makes sense... but what about preservatives?
Preservatives do just what the name implies... it preserves.
They’re in your product to ensure that you don’t get bacteria or mould growth rapidly, and gives you time to actually use the product before it expires. I definitely agree that there are some preservatives which are better than others, for example our serums use rosemary leaf extract as a preservative.

However, if you are determined to have skincare which has absolutely no preservatives and maybe a few ingredients at most, you better be prepared for the possibility of serious bacteria growth. Skincare isn’t like food, you don’t throw it away 3 days after opening. This is why it is a big problem not to have preservatives in your skincare.

You need to exercise caution before you commit to purchasing ‘all natural’ or ‘chemical free’ skincare, because the likelihood is that it will expire before you’re done with it, or the formulation will become destabilised and ineffective altogether.

As always, if you have any questions about specific ingredients, or skincare overall, please reach out to me via Instagram or through the contact us page on the Genocell website.