Skincare ingredients for thought: is more always better?


Does anyone else get excited when they look at the ingredient list for a skincare product and see 20 different extracts + 5 different vitamins? More is always better…right?

Author: Jenny Wu
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  1. Stephanie says:

    This seriously got me thinking as well! This is why I’ve stayed away from expensive multi-ingredient brands and have really tailored my skincare products to specific skin concerns I want to target specifically! I’m seeing better results this way too!

  2. This is a really great post and something to really think about. Anything with a shorter ingredient list is just always going to be better in my opinion. A lot of products make promises but they do not deliver. xx

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  3. Nicole says:

    I really agree with this, i used to be that girl with a bathroom & dresser full of products but i’ve learnt that less is more and my skin thrives when i stick to a few basics.

    http://anaturellecraving.blogspot.sg/

  4. Batsheva says:

    I have to say, I am thoroughly enjoying the bobble heads you have been slipping into the photographs. I am definitely a huge believer in short ingredient lists– both for food, and what goes on my skin. It’s why I/m actually using a cleanser from trader joes right now, with honestly, amazing results. because everything is super natural, and there really aren’t that many ingredients. And I definitely have seen improvement on my skin. Wow though, 70+ ingredients? What does Naruko put in there?

    http://cynicalduchess.com

  5. Lorna says:

    I’ve found that too, the less ingredients and the more natural ones are always better!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  6. Mili says:

    I totally agree! We can also fall into the fallacy that something with a simple ingredient list is automatically “cleaner” or “more natural,” at least I’ve seen some products marketed that way. I recently saw a cream by a green beauty brand that bragged about its simple ingredient list and then when I looked at it, it was basically all mineral oil.At the end it really depends on the specific product and the ingredients.

    I think the problem arises with long ingredient lists when a product promises to do too many different things. Then it’s got a bunch of different ingredients competing to do 32094824 things and doesn’t exceed in any of them.

    Thanks for the interesting read :)

  7. Tara says:

    More is definitely not always better. What you wrote all makes sense. If there are more ingredients, it does up the chance of negative reactions. But it also depends on the products/ingredients for me. Sometimes something with a short list doesn’t react well with my skin, but then a long one can also affect me. Good food for the thoughts post, Jenny :)

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for reading Tara! And I agree, it’s still important to evaluate the actual ingredients rather than just looking at the quantity.

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  9. Emily says:

    This is a good topic! I have to agree, and the main reason why I personally think less ingredients work better, is because you get more of each product. If you have a vitamin C and E product, and then a A,C,D,E product, you’re then splitting those ingredients evenly in to four, vs two. And of course all the other ingredients that come in the product. I think higher concentrations work better, at least for me. At the end of the day though, it just depends on what’s in it. It can have a really long list and be a great product that I love. :)

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you Emily! My skin is very similar to yours in that higher concentrations of a few ingredients tend to work better for me as well :) In the end it’s just about finding out what works for us!

  10. Ash says:

    Fabulous post lovely. I love La Roche Posay products.

    Ash | http://www.mstantrum.com

  11. Katherine says:

    You make a great point! I think the shorter ingredients list is better and definitely makes me less worried to try it on my skin!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

  12. Cat L. says:

    Great post Jenny! I have super fussy, sensitive skin and long ingredient lists scare me! One of the brands I’ve been dying to try is Sum:37 but again the long ingredient list makes me a little skeptical. I do want to try Odacite, I know you rave about their products here on the blog and I always see them on Instagram. Thank you for sharing this post!

    ~ Cat L.
    http://www.CatsDailyLiving.com

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for reading Cat! One thing I’ve noticed is that Korean brands, unless they’re marketed as having simple ingredients, tend to have really long ingredient lists! I think that’s why they tend to be a hit or miss with my skin, probably because there’s an irritant in there but with so many other ingredients it’s hard to figure out which one is the culprit. Let me know if you ever try Odacite, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  13. Kiran says:

    I had never thought about this before, to me the more ingredients the wearier I am because there might be something not so great lurking in there and it will take more time to research the product. Great post! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you Kiran and that’s such a great point! I definitely find myself spending more time researching and analyzing the ingredients when the list is longer!

  14. I prefer shorter ingredient lists in my products. Not exclusively, but as someone that religiously scans every ingredient on the list I find that the longer the list, the more “filler” ingredients like thickeners, preservatives, fragrance etc. I get. For me more products with less ingredients each is the way to go.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Jenny says:

      That’s an excellent point, and now that you mention it I’m noticing it as well. That does make sense since with more ingredients I’m sure there’s more work involved to make everything blend well together, and I’m sure that probably involves adding extra ingredients to get the job done.

  15. This is a great post, Jenny and I personally feel that the shorter ingredient list is better as you said, it’s higher concentration of the ‘good’ stuff. I am not too fuss with the length of ingredient list (yet!) but I am learning to read what’s good and what’s not and currently am in the midst of slowly cutting out SLS from my products. I have a suspicion that it’s starting to irritate my skin.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you Shireen! It’s definitely easier to identify problematic ingredients when the list is shorter, and SLS is one of those for me as well – it dries out my skin and I have to work harder in my routine to rehydrate it :/

  16. I love the Naruko essence and oil as well but in general I also try to steer clear of products with mile-long ingredient lists! It’s just hard to tell what’s causing irritation or sensitivity. Those odacite serums sound amazing, I should check them out!

    • Jenny says:

      Totally agree Camilla, and it’s one of the reasons why I stopped using Missha products – they didn’t work that well for me anyways, and some would break me out but I had no idea which ingredient was the culprit! Let me know if you ever do try Odacite, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!