Know What You're Buying With This Skin-Care Emoji Guide

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
When it comes to picking the best skin-care products for you, did you know that scrutinizing the symbols on the packaging can be just as informative as reading the ingredient labels themselves? Just start thinking of them as the beauty industry’s own set of emojis — except, instead of being deployed at random by, say, your 17-year-old cousin, they're there for a good reason. And, we're here to give you a quick lesson, so you will know what they all mean before you purchase that product you’ve been lusting over. 

Click through for a short "101" session on universal skin-care language to help you make sure you're buying what you're looking for.