What's an INCI List and How To Read One. - Obvs Skincare

What's an INCI List and How To Read One.

An INCI (International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient) List is a list of systematic names internationally recognised to identify cosmetic ingredients, commonly written in Latin and are in concentration order (the first one being the highest).
On a cosmetic label, ingredients can be listed in two ways: alphabetically or in decreasing order of concentration, with the latter being the more prevalent. When components on a cosmetic label are listed in order of concentration, the greater the concentration, the higher the concentration. Water is generally the first component included on a cosmetic label, indicating that it makes up the majority of the recipe (Obvs Skincare only formulates oil-based products as these are far more concentrated, and natural compared to water-based products).
Knowing that components on a cosmetic label are listed by concentration might help you determine the concentrations of key compounds in the product. For example, if a business states that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a major component in a product, but it is near the bottom of the ingredient list, you can bet that the product isn't supplying enough vitamin C to be effective. However, there are certain outliers, such as retinol. According to research, retinol concentrations as low as 0.01% are beneficial for reducing several indicators of ageing. Most ingredients, on the other hand, if they're at the end of the ingredient list, the company is employing just enough to make claims about the ingredient while still using it, to save them money.
Furthermore, understanding that the first few components on the list constitute the majority of the formula might assist you in determining whether potentially dangerous chemicals are being utilised in excessive proportions. Brands, for example, would frequently employ high quantities of denatured alcohol to produce an immediate degreasing and tightening effect. However, when used in high quantities, denatured alcohol is well recognised to induce skin dryness, irritation, and even disruption of the skin barrier. Avoid goods that contain alcohol denat., SD alcohol 40, isopropyl alcohol, or ethanol among the first ten components. You will not find any of these in ingredients in any Obvs Skincare products... ever!!
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