Being beautiful and healthy is the trend of recent years; no one tightens the waist with a corset or bleaches the hair with hydrogen peroxide anymore. Cosmetics for the face and body allow you to gently care for, maintain youthfulness, protect from the effects of the environment and the aging process. How to learn how to analyze the composition of cosmetics and choose a high-quality, harmless product on your own? Read on!
In the choice of funds is customary to look at the packaging, but a person without a chemical education makeup composition will not say much. So as not to cram an entire textbook of organic and inorganic chemistry, you should remember the basic harmful components.
How to determine the composition of cosmetics
…and what does conformity mean?
The fashion for everything natural and organic has entered all spheres of human activity. The names “cosmetics without parabens”, “on a natural basis”, “organic”, “does not contain harmful components” are everywhere. However, this is not always true, but rather a marketing ploy. The buyer will choose something with a natural name, using expensive oils, even if their entire production cycle is a couple of drops.
Before buying a cream, lotion, gel or shampoo, you should look at the level of chemicalization (not all manufacturers indicate it). The lower this indicator, the composition of the cream is safer and better. If the level is greater than one, the naturalness of the product is out of the question.
In addition to the level of chemistry on cosmetics can be a certification mark. You should not be in a hurry to put cosmetics in the basket if it has something like that. Cosmetics have no uniform standard, the concept of “natural cosmetics” even less so. The percentage of chemical content is different for each country of the manufacturer, so “bio”, for example, for Germany and the United States – different things.
Breaking the myth of product certification:
- Germany has the most stringent requirements for products. BDIH certification completely prohibits the addition of animal ingredients in cosmetics. Also in the cream by such standards you will not find GMOs, only natural ingredients are used.
- The quality certificate by French standards means that harmful substances of inorganic origin occupy not more than 5% of the product. Components of animal and plant origin grown without any chemicals are used. Cosmetics marked “bio” have no chlorine-containing ingredients.
- In USA, cosmetics products get the USDA Organic mark only if the natural ingredients are at least 95-100%. When natural ingredients are 70-95%, the product is labeled Made with organic.
- What is the harm of cosmetics to the skin
If the cream contains harmful and toxic substances in small amounts, then the harm is inevitable with constant contact. The instant result of wrinkle creams, the feeling of smoothness after an abrasive scrub is only one side of the coin. The flip side is the harmful composition of cosmetics, which can cause allergies, redness, itching, provoke premature aging and cancer. You can protect yourself only with the right products.
What should not be in the cosmetics?
Basically, pay attention to these ingredients, because they must not be present in your skin care products!
- Dimethicone. This ingredient is often added to foundation creams and used as a base for other products. It is another name for mineral oils and is used in cosmetics as an inexpensive and closer to organic product. Dimethicone is a non-toxic ingredient, but its use leads to clogged pores. It can result in a variety of acne, blackheads and allergies.
- Parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben) are the substances most commonly used in cosmetics to prolong their shelf life. Used in shower gels, shampoos, creams, toothpastes, that is everything you are used to using every day. These preservatives in cosmetics have a devastating effect on the endocrine, immune and reproductive systems.
- Benzophenol 3 is an organic UV protection agent. Studies have proven that the ingredient fails in its duties, under UV rays releases harmful compounds and causes allergies. The ingredient can be found in tanning products, but avobenzene is preferred. This ingredient is less harmful, but is indicated only for skin without inflammation.
- Propylene glycol, a derivative from petroleum refining, is used in moisturizing creams, gels and lotions. For brake fluids and antifreeze this product is second to none, but for skin it is dangerous. The effect of smoothing and smoothness after the first application is achieved by the harmful effect of displacing skin resources. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated and begins to age earlier. For the body propylene glycol promises liver and kidney problems.
- Alcohol in cosmetics can be different: both harmful and organic. Isopropyl alcohol is considered technical, but it is added to lotions. After using it, it causes irritation and can cause CNS disorders. But ethanol is an excellent solvent for organic ingredients and is included in professional cosmetics.
Deciphering the composition of cosmetics can seem like a daunting undertaking, but the skin will be grateful. The world’s movie stars, musicians, and celebrities are switching to natural products, abandoning soaps and fragrant shower gels.