What the symbols on your beauty products ACTUALLY mean, from the book to the leaping bunny

But it's the even more confusing symbols which tell you everything from the use-by date to whether it's been tested on animals.

Here's what those symbols on your beauty products really mean, and when you need to pay attention…

1. Handy to know

The hand pointing at a book isn't telling you to get studying, it means there's more information on a leaflet attached to the product.

You'll normally see this on beauty bits which come inside a box.

2. Jar of hearts

This little pot is probably the most important symbol, as ignoring it could cause blisters, eye infections and lip swelling.

Called the PAO, which stands for 'period after opening', it tells you the recommended time you should use the products for.

A 6M on your mascara, for example, means you should only use it for six months – if you don't want to end up with an eye infection, that is.

3. Hop to it

The leaping bunny also carries an important message, if you're concerned about animal welfare.

His job is to tell you the product is cruelty free, meaning it hasn't been tested on animals.

4. E marks the spot

The 'e' mark simply means the product has complied with EU laws on weight and volume.

Companies have to mark the weight or volume on the label, which helps you determine the value for money, but the number is normally an estimate.

5. Sunny disposition

UVA is important for sun protection, but you may have noticed not all your SPF products have this symbol.

It means your face cream or foundation contains the minimum recommended level of ultraviolet protection.

Although it's important to note that products not marked UVA can still offer sun protection.

6. Sending us dotty

These two intertwined arrows are known as the green dot – although they're not always green.

It means the company who created the product is a member of a recycling and recovery scheme dealing with packaging waste.

What it doesn't mean is that the packaging your product comes in is definitely recyclable.

7. Point to prove

These three arrows are known as The Mobius Loop, because they all point back to each other.

They indicate that the product's packaging can be recycled.

But it doesn't mean the product is made from recyclable materials.

8. Hourglass figure

Similar to the PAO, the hourglass means a product's lifespan is less than 30 months (two and a half years).

It's a must under EU regulations but we wouldn't worry too much about this one, you shouldn't be using two-year-old mascara anyway.

9. Eye say

Some of your products may have little eyes or faces on them too.

This one, from Benefit, means it's a brow product.

Others may have a picture of a woman doing her mascara, or a woman touching her face on a foundation bottle.

They should be pretty self-explanatory, although so should the words 'mascara' written on the front, but we guess it's a helpful reminder.

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