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Guide to Skin Care Ingredients

The ability to understand and analyze the ingredients in your skin care is important for correctly choosing the products that provide the best possible balance of effectiveness and safety.

Why understanding skin care ingredients is important?

Unlocking the secrets of a skin care product's ingredient list

Functional categories of skin care ingredients

Potentially harmful ingredients

Is DMAE safe for your skin?

Nanoparticles in skin care: The risks may trump the rewards

Sun blocking agents

The dark side of chemical sunscreens. Should you be concerned about photosensitization?

Skin care ingredient glossary

FDA on Cosmetic / Skin Care Ingredients

Diethanolamine and Cosmetic Products
Phthalates and Cosmetic Products
Shelf Life and Expiration Date
Animal Testing
Cosmetic Ingredients Prohibited and Restricted by FDA

For more on regulations related to skin care ingredients, see FDA and Cosmetics.

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