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How To Check The Ingredients Of Your Beauty Products
Hey there! We’ve designed our ingredient checker to be the only place you’ll need to know to get an understanding of the ingredients in any skincare or cosmetic product.
In this little guide, we’ll be going over exactly how you can use our ingredient checker to get a complete breakdown of any product you wish.
There are a few different steps involved. If you’re already familiar with how an ingredient analyzer works, you can use the table of contents below to jump around 👇
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Finding The Product’s Ingredients List
The first, and often one of the toughest parts of using any ingredient checker, is finding the correct list of ingredients that a product contains.
If you’ve got a product in mind, you can likely find it’s ingredients on the website of the brand that creates it. For example, if I was looking for the ingredients of the Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner, the first place I would look is the official Good Molecules website.
If you can’t find the ingredients on the brand’s official site, or if they don’t have their own site, we suggest searching popular retailers (Sephora, YesStyle, Amazon) for the product. These sites will often have the ingredients for a product on its’ listing.
SkinSort also has its own product database, which tracks the ingredients in over 5,000 different cosmetic products. Use our search bar (click the menu icon if you’re on mobile) to search our database. There’s a good chance we’ve got your product in it!
For the purposes of this guide, we’ll use the ingredients list for that Niacinamide Brightening Toner from Good Molecules:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Betaine, Arbutin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Dextrin
After we’ve found the ingredients list for a product, we’re ready to move onto the next step! 🎉
Paste The Ingredients Into Our Analyzer
With your ingredients found, simply paste them into the analyzer at the top of this page, and hit the “Analyze Ingredients” button!
After a couple of seconds, you’ll be directed to a new page. It should look something like this:
Read Through Our Analysis
Now that your analysis has been run, you’re free to look through all the details!
Start scrolling down the page for a complete breakdown of the ingredients list that you analyzed. We start things off in the “Product Info” section. Here, you’ll be able to get some useful and commonly needed information - such as whether or not the ingredients list contains fragrances, sulfates, fungal acne triggers, and more!
Here’s what the Product Info looks like for the ingredients list we entered in the previous step:
Continuing on, you’ll see our Ingredient Details section. This section is designed to highlight the benefits, concerns, and notable ingredients contained within a product! We’ll tell you which ingredients are causing each item, and you can click on it to learn more.
Here’s what that looks like with our sample analysis:
After taking in the ingredient details, scroll a bit further to reach our Ingredients List Explained section. Here, you’ll be able to see more details about every ingredient in the product, and you can even click on the ingredient itself to learn more about it!
If you’ve added liked or disliked ingredients to your SkinSort account, you’ll also see an icon on the ingredients list here to let you know.
Here’s what an explained ingredients list looks like:
We hope this has helped give you a better understanding of how to use our ingredient checker!
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch with us! We love helping our users achieve their skin goals 💕
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I check my skincare ingredients?
You can use our ingredient analyzer to check any cosmetic ingredient list!
Scroll up on this page and paste a list of ingredients (or upload a photo of an ingredient list) into our ingredient checker.
Give our algorithms a few seconds to work their magic and you'll get a complete breakdown of what each ingredient does.
How do you know if ingredients are safe?
Our ingredient analyzer helps you determine whether or not a product contains ingredients such as common allgerns, potential fungal acne triggers, and non-reef-safe ingredients.
Which skincare ingredients should I avoid?
Figuring out which ingredients are good and bad for your skin is a challenge, and often requires a lot of trial and error before you can fully understand what is good/bad for your skin.
Our ingredient checker marks certain ingredients that are best avoided by those with certian skin types and concerns.
If you want to find new products without these potentially irritating ingredients, check out our product database.
How do you find the ingredients in a product?
It can sometimes be a challenge to find an accurate ingredient list for more obscure products.
First, we recommend checking any large retailers for the ingredient list. Vendors such as Sephora and Ulta typically have up-to-date ingredient lists for the products that they carry.
We also recommend doing a search on our product database. There's a chance that one of our users has already submitted the product along with it's ingredient list!
How Does It Work?
Wondering how we're able to provide a detailed breakdown of what any cosmetic ingredient list does?
When you paste an ingredient list into our ingredient analyzer (or take a photo or one), our algorithm extracts each individual ingredient and finds it in our ingredient database which contains detailed information on over 27,000 cosmetic ingredients.
When our analyzer algorithm has matched up all of the ingredients in a list, it generates an easy-to-understand explanation of what all of the ingredients do. It'll tell you how many ingredients in a product have anti-aging properties, which ones are forms of fragrance, and so much more.
Our analyzer is designed to help you make better skincare decisions. You deserve to know exactly what the ingredients in a product do 😊
We're constantly working to improve SkinSort, and appreciate any feedback 🎉