A Guide to Product Labels for Eye Creams

All products are not created equal. To determine if an eye cream is right for you, it’s important to read both the front and back labels. Here’s your guide to deciphering product labels to get the results you are looking for.

The Front Label

Step One: Look For In Active Ingredient

If the product contains an active ingredient, it may be prominently displayed on the packaging along with its concentration. These active ingredients are over-the-counter formulations of drugs, and increase the chances that a product will be effective.

Step Two: Identify The Product’s Goals

The front labels often feature key action buzzwords, such as “anti-wrinkle” or “instant eye repair,” relaying what the product was designed to achieve.

Step Three: Determine If The Product Is A Drug Or Cosmetic

When a product contains an active ingredient, it is classified as a drug, which means it affects the structures or function of the body.

The Back Label

Step One: Note The Active Ingredients

An active ingredient is the chemical that makes the product effective. The percent next to the active ingredient reveals its potency. Essentially, the higher the potency, the higher the effectiveness. When the percentage of certain active ingredients exceeds a specific concentration, they are classified as prescription drugs and can only be dispensed by a doctor.

Step Two: Review The Inactive Ingredients

Inactive ingredients help serve functions other than the products primary, underlying intent. They can help stabilize the product, prolong its effectiveness, enhance its color, deliver its active ingredients to the skin or contribute to its fragrance.

Note: The back label of a product that contains an active ingredient that is classified as a drug may follow a specific format. At the very top you’ll find the active ingredient in its concentration, followed by warnings, directions, inactive ingredients and other information.

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