A Guide to Beauty-Product Labels
What it means: A dermatologist tested the product.
What it doesn't mean: It’s approved and endorsed by a dermatologist. “The implication is that the dermatologist liked it, but you don’t know that,” says Murad.
Best for: People who don’t necessarily need a doctor’s approval.
What it means: This word implies a hair-care product will restore hair to its natural structure―before it was damaged with styling and chemical
What it doesn't mean: That you can permanently restructure hair. This is a temporary fix that will leave hair looking and feeling healthier.
Best for: Anyone who damages her hair on a regular basis with heat styling and coloring.
What it means: The product doesn’t contain mineral oil, plant oils, or lanolin, which can clog pores and irritate skin.
What it doesn't mean: That it won’t cause a reaction. Be careful that something more irritating―like menthol, eucalyptus, or camphor―hasn’t been substituted to help the product glide on easily.
Best for: People with oily skin who don't want to look shiny by lunchtime.
What it means: Generally found on makeup packaging, it refers to the product’s staying power.
What it doesn't mean: Waterproof. “Long wearing” means it lasts longer under normal circumstances but still may not survive swimming or crying.
Best for: Times when you don’t want to touch up your makeup.
When it comes to the do’s and don’ts, you’ve got lots of questions. Here, solutions for making the season merry and bright.