How to read cosmetic labels?

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A short and effective guide on how to read cosmetic labels

  1. Frist thing you need to know about cosmetic labels is that all ingredients are listed by concentration from highest to lowest except for those that are less than 1 percent of the formula, as well as colorants, fragrances, and preservatives.
  2. If the first ingredient listed is water or aqua, it is a water-based product. Similarly, if it is an oil, it is an oil-based product.
  3. The open-jar symbol represents how long the product is good for once it’s opened, such as numbers 6M, 12M, 24M, and so on.
  4. Chelating ingredients with EDTA or EDDS can prevent heavy metals in tap water (which can stay on your face after you cleanse) from degrading delicate ingredients in skincare. Emulsifiers (many have “-eth” suffixes) work to prevent your product from separating in the bottle — so you get active ingredients with every pump or scoop.
  5. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are generally recommended for normal skin types, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, sun damage, and fine lines. The most common AHAs are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, and mandelic acid.
  6. Sunscreens include two types of ingredients that help protect the skin from UV rays: physical (or mineral) and chemical. Physical ingredients block, reflect, absorb, and scatter the sun’s rays. Chemical ingredients absorb UV rays and transform them to heat. The main ingredients you should look out for include:
  7. Physical (mineral) sunscreen ingredients: Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide
  8. Chemical sunscreen ingredients: Oxybenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Avobenzone 
  9. Look out for parabens in the lower part of the list in cosmetic labels such as methyl- or propyl-parahydroxybenzoate which are commonly used preservatives but also highly allergenic.
  10. Silicones, such as dimethicone and phenyl trimethicone, are widely used in cosmetics. Perhaps the most common forms of silicone are cyclopentasiloxane and cyclohexasiloxane.
  11. Sulfates such as sodium laureth sulfates, alkylbenzene sulfonate, and sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, are usually found in cleansers because of their ability to create foam. Since they’re meant to remove dirt and oil, they also strip the healthy oils from the skin, leaving it dry and unbalanced.
  12. Parfum/ Fragrances are also on the unwanted list. They are usually very unsuitable for people with sensitive skin and can cause skin irritations.

About author

Selma Durmo M. Pharm

“As far as I can remember I have always struggled with sensitive skin. The issues culminated in my mid-twenties when I started having rosacea flares and redness. My personal quest for effective, safe solutions took a professional turn, and I was given the opportunity to apply my (Pharma) background in developing a new skin friendly product line. My goal was to create something new, a clinically proven sustainable skincare brand. This science backed probiotic skincare derived technology is a product of years of research and innovation in personal care products. Metabiotics contain naturally produced hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, SMase, lipoteichoic acid, over 40 peptides and enzymes. All assigned with specific tasks for activating the skins native repair mechanisms.” 

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Following the principles of Clean Beauty, we have joined the dedicated stream of safe, non-toxic beauty enthusiasts.

Our products contain carefully selected hypoallergenic ingredients suitable for sensitive and reactive skin.

We’re committed to formulating with natural, organically-derived, and skin-friendly synthetics while excluding popular “good feeling” and potentially harmful compounds to provide the best skincare solutions.

“It is easy to get hooked on conventional products, with inviting perfumes and the instantly pleasant skin feeling. The sooner you understand that those sensations are short-lived the better! Choose Clean Beauty and allow the science backed ingredients time to work wonders on your skin.”

Cinically proven

Our products’ superiority has been proven in a controlled study on 50 volunteers where it was shown that four-week product use leads to a significant increase in skin moisture levels (39%), increased skin elasticity (50%), and a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles (23%).

Other beneficial effects include decrease in skin sensitivity, increase in skin cleanliness, evenness of the skin tone, decrease in acne formation.

This study serves as proof of the skin’s gradual return of its protective layer, integrity, and balance. All study results have been published in a peer reviewed journal as well as the full study report.

“Putting all science aside, we are most proud of our users’ testimonials. All tested volunteers claimed visible and tangible improvement in skin feel and appearance.”


The greatest breakthrough discovery we stumbled upon is that skincare and cosmetics should not be sensational.

Personal care should be comprehensive, accessible, and efficient, just as all solutions that come from nature are.

We are often faced with labels such as anti aging skin care, organic skin care, natural skincare products, which lack the necessary explanation… What do these phrases actually mean?

“Grown tired of all the misleading, incomprehensive, irrelevant information used in the beauty industry we decided to stick to a no-nonsense approach. It is what it is, and skin care is not magic! It requires commitment, patience and understanding your skins’ needs.”


We are dedicated to neutralizing our negative impact on the environment as much as possible and have joined the stream of sustainable skincare brands. We’re taking you on for the ride (we’ve even packed the goodies)!

To help minimize our carbon footprint, for every product order a tree will be planted thanks to our amazing planters at One Tree Planted. It’s estimated that a mature tree nullifies around 20lbs of CO2 a year.

We’re doing our best to reuse, reduce and recycle. Wishing to inspire a circular economy we have partnered up, to create a customized recycling program. Collect three empty plastic packages to receive your Anbiome Recycling Envelope and follow the instructions on how to take part in our recycling mission. 

Your good deed shall be rewarded. For every three products recycled you receive one product gift!


Today’s trends in skincare require the use of synthetic active ingredients which interact with the skin. Our approach is to distinguish natural alternatives, which mimic the skins native repair mechanism and are more efficient and ecologically sound.

Translating solutions from nature into industrial settings is hardly an easy task, but it’s one we enjoy undertaking.

We have screened 500+ different wild probiotic strains from the nature, to find the most powerful ones.

Special fermentation process was developed to harvest powerful molecules (HA, LTA, SMase, LA and 40 peptides).

Result is the composition of native signal components and molecules that keep the skin balanced, healthy and protected.