When it comes to cosmetics, it can be hard to know what to look for.

Liquid, powder, bright, neutral, matte, illuminating; the options are endless.

These decisions don’t even take into account the all important ingredients. So many of us are wearing makeup most days of the week, for hours at a time, without realising that the products we apply are actually being absorbed into our skin as we wear them.

It is because of this that makeup should be considered an extension of your skincare. We are simply wasting our time and money on the perfect skincare regime if we choose to use cosmetics that are packed full of harmful ingredients. 

To help you know what to look for (and what to avoid), we have put together a handy ingredients checklist for you.

Ingredients you SHOULD be looking for:

  • Titanium Dioxide: This natural UV blocker is a makeup MUST. Titanium dioxide helps provide all day protection against harmful UV rays and works to conceal skin imperfections. You will find titanium dioxide in Cozmetic Lab foundations, bronzers and blushes.

  • Zinc Oxide: Zinc oxide naturally soothes and calms the skin. This powerful ingredient is anti-inflammatory and is commonly used in the treatment of acne and rosacea as well as assisting in blocking UV rays. Zinc oxide is one of Cozmetic Lab’s go-to ingredients for good reason.

  • Mica: We use mica in our products to help give you that healthy and luminous Cozmetic Lab glow.

  • Green Tea Extract: There is a reason green tea extract is a much loved skincare ingredient. From soothing redness and discolouration to repairing damage and reducing the appearance of blackheads, we have taken this skincare must-have and incorporated it into the Cozmetic Lab range.

Ingredients you should AVOID:

  • Fragrance: Did you know that cosmetic companies are not legally required to disclose the chemicals that go into their fragrances? This means that there is no way of knowing what chemicals may be making their way into your skin throughout the day. Chemicals in fragrances can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

  • Parabens: Parabens should be avoided in all beauty products. This harmful ingredient can wreak havoc on your skin by disrupting hormones, yet parabens can still be found in 70-90% of cosmetics. The Cozmetic Lab products are completely free of parabens to keep your skin safe.

  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate: Sodium Laureth Sulphate is found in many cream based cosmetics including foundations and concealers. This ingredient can cause skin and eye irritation and has even been linked to acne.