What’s in Your Cosmetic Products?

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Not all women pay attention to the composition of cosmetic products when buying them. This fact should be one of the first things to take into consideration. No one will doubt that there are few people who do not care about what they eat. Why aren’t then some women concerned about what they apply on their face and body?

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When buying cosmetic products, it is necessary to remember that each person is different and her skin is also unique. For one person, some products will be just perfect, while in somebody else they can cause allergic reactions and various skin manifestations.

What do you need to know?

  • Firstly, let us not trust advertising blindly. Let us not rush to buy the products advertised on television. Not all advertised products will be good for you.
  • Secondly, a woman should be clearly aware of the properties of her skin and its reaction to any of the ingredients. If you have this knowledge, you will find it easier to choose appropriate cosmetics. There are manufacturers who indicate a detailed composition, its effect on the skin, and the purpose of this or that product, but not all of them do this.

Some think that if we use organic products, we should not worry about this fact. It is a mistake to think so. After all, few people know exactly what ingredients, even organic ones, are suitable for their skin type.

Lawmakers try to somehow differentiate between medicines and cosmetics, so they invent the criteria to delimit pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. For example, it is suggested that a cosmetic product should affect only the stratum corneum of the skin. In this case, cosmetic products should not contain any active additives. Emollients that soften the top layer of the skin will be enough. But there is no guarantee that they will not penetrate the epidermis. This is also true of preservatives, surfactants, and other substances, which penetrate the stratum corneum barrier.

There are three groups of active complexes:

  • compensating for deficit;
  • modulating;
  • protecting products.

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The products compensating for deficit are essential to our skin; protectors provide our skin with the protection from various external factors; and modulators affect the speed and intensity of physiological processes in the skin.

Here are some ingredients used in cosmetics manufacturing:

Salicylic acid

By the way, it was first extracted from willow bark by Rafael Piria, an Italian chemist. It is also found in wintergreen leaves and birch bark. It possesses antifungal and antiseptic properties.

Allantoin

It is used primarily for skin surface smoothing and the improvement of skin tone.

Beeswax

It is a natural wax derived from honeycomb. It refreshes and softens the skin.

Kaolin. Natural clay

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It mildly exfoliates dead skin cells and removes toxins and other unwanted substances from the skin.

Hyaluronic acid

It is used as a wetting agent. Low molecular hyaluronic acid stimulates collagen synthesis and cell division of the skin. It is a component of wound healing and regeneration products.

Hydrolyzed wheat protein

It is characterized by a smoothing effect due to moisture retention. It reduces dryness and tones the skin.

Polyethylene microbeads

These are small crystals used for peeling the skin.

Silica

It absorbs excessive sebum.

Titanium dioxide

This is a sunscreen preventing skin damage by solar radiation.

Retinol acetate

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It normalizes the sebaceous glands performance, controls pigmentation, and restores the dermal matrix that is important in fighting against acne and aging.

Phytoestrogens

Phytoestrogens slow down skin aging, normalize the secretion of sebaceous glands, and increase the synthesis of collagen. In cosmetics, red grapes, humulus, dates, alfalfa, pomegranate, and red clover are used.

Essential oils

These are mixtures of odoriferous substances. They are used as active agents in cosmetics.

If you identify your skin type and select the products correctly, you will provide your skin with years of smoothness, hydration and fresh look.

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