Here at Who What Wear Beauty, we eat, sleep, and breathe skincare. We’ve tested all the most iconic eye creams and gotten our hands on the exclusive moisturizers your favorite celeb can’t stop raving about on Instagram. But when we turn to the ingredients list only to find a slew of tongue-twisting words that just sound bad, we can’t help but give those (sometimes pricey) formulas a stern side eye. Are they really safe?
Even as editors, we sometimes find it a hassle to wade through all the misleading labels, tricky buzzwords, and ingredients we can’t even pronounce to determine whether or not a product that claims to be clean or organic actually is. Especially when it comes to moisturizer, a product that so many of us use twice daily, it’s difficult to stomach the idea that the ingredients in those jars could be causing toxicity in our bodies, and leading to serious health issues down the line.
To get the rundown on which ingredients to skip altogether, we tapped Tamerri Ater, product development director for Versed (Who What Wear’s actually clean sister skincare brand), to get the scoop on the ingredients that belong on all of our blacklists. Read on for the five most commonly used toxic ingredients, then check out our edit of the 20 best organic moisturizers that will reveal healthy, hydrated skin.