1) What are the notable effects?
Notable effect section lets you know what the product does apart from its basic product function – for example we all know a cleanser helps cleanse your skin, but can the cleanser help you further than that?
Here you will be able to see at a quick glance if the product can actually live up to its claims based on its ingredients and formulation. We currently have 5 notable effects that we keep track of:
2) How about the notable ingredients?
The ingredients responsible for notable effects in a product will be listed under the notable ingredient section.
It is important to note that, despite a product containing a notable ingredient, we cannot 100% assure you that the product will be able to replicate that studied effects of the ingredient. Many times, the effectiveness of a product will depend on the amount/percentage of the specific ingredient it contains. Even if a product has a tiny amount of it, they are allowed to put it on the ingredient label.
This is why we always recommend for people who have tried products to write reviews to help the Skincarisma community know your personal experience. It helps people get a full evaluation of a product to see if it’s effective as it seems to be!
3) A product I know has a notable ingredient but it’s not showing up – can I suggest it?
4) How does the skin profile ingredient section work?
5) Does this mean I should completely avoid a product if it contains a bad ingredient for my skin profile?
6) What does the Overall Product Long-Term Health Breakdown section mean?
7) Who is EWG and could you explain the EWG score?
8) Who is the CIR and could you explain the CIR Findings rating?
9) Could you explain to what the Cosmetic Functions are?
|FUNCTION NAME||FUNCTION DESCRIPTION|
|ABRASIVE||Removes materials from various body surfaces or aids mechanical tooth cleaning or improves gloss.|
|ABSORBENT||Takes up water- and/or oil-soluble dissolved or finely dispersed substances.|
|ANTICAKING||Allows free flow of solid particles and thus avoids agglomeration of powdered cosmetics into lumps or hard masses.|
|ANTICORROSIVE||Prevents corrosion of the packaging.|
|ANTIDANDRUFF||Helps control dandruff.|
|ANTIFOAMING||Suppresses foam during manufacturing or reduces the tendency of finished products to generate foam.|
|ANTIMICROBIAL||Helps control the growth of micro-organisms on the skin.|
|ANTIOXIDANT||Inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen, thus avoiding oxidation and rancidity.|
|ANTIPLAQUE||Helps protect against plaque.|
|ANTISEBORRHEIC||Helps control sebum production.|
|ANTISTATIC||Reduces static electricity by neutralising electrical charge on a surface.|
|ASTRINGENT||Contracts the skin.|
|BINDING||Provides cohesion in cosmetics.|
|BLEACHING||Lightens the shade of hair or skin.|
|BUFFERING||Stabilises the pH of cosmetics.|
|BULKING||Reduces bulk density of cosmetics.|
|CHELATING||Reacts and forms complexes with metal ions which could affect the stability and/or appearance of cosmetics.|
|CLEANSING||Helps to keep the body surface clean.|
|COSMETIC COLORANT||Colours cosmetics and/or imparts colour to the skin and/or its appendages.|
|DENATURANT||Renders cosmetics unpalatable. Mostly added to cosmetics containing ethyl alcohol.|
|DEODORANT||Reduces or masks unpleasant body odours.|
|DEPILATORY||Removes unwanted body hair.|
|DETANGLING||Reduces or eliminates hair intertwining due to hair surface alteration or damage and, thus, helps combing.|
|EMOLLIENT||Softens and smooths the skin.|
|EMULSIFYING||Promotes the formation of intimate mixtures of non-miscible liquids by altering the interfacial tension.|
|EMULSION STABILISING||Helps the process of emulsification and improves emulsion stability and shelf-life.|
|FILM FORMING||Produces, upon application, a continuous film on skin, hair or nails.|
|FOAMING||Traps numerous small bubbles of air or other gas within a small volume of liquid by modifying the surface tension of the liquid.|
|FOAM BOOSTING||Improves the quality of the foam produced by a system by increasing one or more of the following properties: volume, texture and/or stability.< /td>|
|GEL FORMING||Gives the consistency of a gel (a semi-solid preparation with some elasticity) to a liquid preparation.|
|HAIR CONDITIONING||Leaves the hair easy to comb, supple, soft and shiny and/or imparts volume, lightness, gloss, etc.|
|HAIR DYEING||Colours hair.|
|HAIR FIXING||Permits physical control of hairstyle.|
|HAIR WAVING OR STRAIGHTENING||Modifies the chemical structure of the hair, allowing it to be set in the style required.|
|HUMECTANT||Holds and retains moisture.|
|HYDROTROPE||Enhances the solubility of substance which is only slightly soluble in water.|
|KERATOLYTIC||Helps eliminate the dead cells of the stratum corneum.|
|MASKING||Reduces or inhibits the basic odour or taste of the product.|
|MOISTURISING||Increases the water content of the skin and helps keep it soft and smooth.|
|NAIL CONDITIONING||Improves the cosmetic characteristics of the nail.|
|OPACIFYING||Reduces transparency or translucency of cosmetics.|
|ORAL CARE||Provides cosmetic effects to the oral cavity, e.g. cleansing, deodorising, protecting.|
|OXIDISING||Changes the chemical nature of another substance by adding oxygen or removing hydrogen.|
|PEARLESCENT||Imparts a nacreous appearance to cosmetics.|
|PLASTICISER||Softens and makes supple another substance that otherwise could not be easily deformed, spread or worked out.|
|PRESERVATIVE||Inhibits primarily the development of micro-organisms in cosmetics. All preservatives listed are substances on the positive list of preservatives (Annex VI to the cosmetics Directive).|
|PROPELLANT||Generates pressure in an aerosol pack, expelling contents when the valve is opened. Some liquefied propellants can act as solvents.|
|REDUCING||Changes the chemical nature of another substance by adding hydrogen or removing oxygen.|
|REFATTING||Replenishes the lipids of the hair or of the top layers of the skin.|
|REFRESHING||Imparts a pleasant freshness to the skin.|
|SKIN CONDITIONING||Maintains the skin in good condition.|
|SKIN PROTECTING||Helps to avoid harmful effects to the skin from external factors.|
|SMOOTHING||Seeks to achieve an even skin surface by decreasing roughness or irregularities.|
|SOLVENT||Dissolves other substances.|
|SOOTHING||Helps lightening discomfort of the skin or of the scalp.|
|STABILISING||Improves ingredients or formulation stability and shelf-life.|
|SURFACTANT||Lowers the surface tension of cosmetics as well as aids the even distribution of the product when used.|
|TANNING||Darkens the skin with or without exposure to UV.|
|TONIC||Produces a feeling of well-being on skin and hair.|
|UV ABSORBER||Protects the cosmetic product from the effects of UV light.|
|UV FILTER||Filters certain UV rays in order to protect the skin or the hair from harmful effects of these rays. All UV filters listed are substances on the positive list of UV filters (Annex VII to the Cosmetics Directive).|
|VISCOSITY CONTROLLING||Increases or decreases the viscosity of cosmetics|
10) I can see some ingredients, but don't see any information regarding it - is this an error?
11) I see an ingredient where it's information is incorrect? How can I fix it?
1) How accurate is the product ingredients?
The product ingredients should be very accurate! Most of them are sourced from the brands website or other third party sources such as reputable retailers. If you believe a product does not contain the correct ingredient, please let us know by clicking the red flag on the product page and selecting incorrect ingredients. You can let us know the correct ingredients - you'll get some points if we find out your suggestion is correct!
2) The ingredients don't exactly match the ones on the label - why is there this discrepancy?
3) I can't find a product, how can I add it?
4) I added a product and I can't see it yet?
5) I analysed a product and some of the ingredients are not showing
6) I want to contribute and get involved further!
7) I spotted a bug/a website function isn't working!
8) How can I support you guys?