Safe Cosmetics That Love Your Skin
There are tons of cosmetic brands available in the market today that it gets very confusing to go and pick the one you should give a try, let alone decide on which cosmetic brand to trust. Still, remember that the safety of our skin is at stake. As such, it is but proper for us to be picky – very picky.
Purchasing cosmetics should not be dictated by what's new, what's popular or what's being used by celebrities. Aside from being overly-expensive, some of these hyped-up cosmetics may not even agree with your skin type and cause allergic reactions.
So how do you know which ones to buy? It takes a little digging (READING to be more exact) but hey, wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?
Cosmetic Ingredients – Natural Wonders
African shea butter or simply shea butter is found exclusively in the tropics of West Africa. It has high levels of non-saponifiable fatty acids, which are known for its moisturizing properties and retaining the skin's elasticity. This "Wonder Cream" is also perfect for protecting your skin from the elements – even from the harmful rays of the sun – as it naturally contains UV protection, and encourages wound-healing as well.
Tea Tree OilTea tree oil is one of nature's antiseptics. It has such wonderful healing properties that it's used for treating an impressive number of ailments ranging from skin problems to respiratory infections. For the skin alone, it's perfect for combating acne, rashes, warts, wounds, insect bites, blisters, even oily skin. It also has anti-fungal properties to fight more severe skin diseases like ringworm and athlete's foot. Because of all these, tea tree oil makes such a wonderful base ingredient for cosmetics like soaps, deodorants, toothpastes and aftershaves.
Aside from being a natural sweetener, honey is also known for being nature's moisturizer, antiseptic and disinfectant rolled into one. Honey is made up of different kinds of sugars and contains different vitamins and minerals, making it perfect for combating common skin blemishes. Since honey contains antimicrobial agents, it prevents infections by killing bacteria, speeding up skin healing at the same time.
Taking your daily dose of Vitamin C doesn't only protect you from the common cold. Used on your skin, Vitamin C also does wonders as it has been proven to increase the synthesis of collagen, a key structural protein of the skin. Being an antioxidant, it also helps reduce skin damage, keeping wrinkles at bay, improving skin texture and leaving skin feeling firmer and hydrated.
Vitamin E, just like Vitamin C is famous for being an antioxidant. It helps reduce scarring of wounds as well as stretch marks on the skin. So just imagine how much help it would be for the face – it effectively smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.
Aside from choosing cosmetics with natural base products, here are a few keywords to watch out for and what they imply. (Note that I used the word imply instead of mean.) Remember though that some cosmetics may be using these terms in vain, so it’s still important for you to stay alert, read labels and test the product before totally using it.
Implies that the ingredients are well, natural or extracted from plants or animal products as opposed to being man-made or artificial.
Implies that the product is less likely to cause allergic reactions. Be careful about this term though because many cosmetics companies themselves are also the ones doing the tests and thus proving that their product is hypoallergenic.
This term usually pertains that the product does not contain ethyl alcohol but may contain other alcohols, like cetyl, stearyl, cetearyl, or lanolin.
Implies that a cosmetic product has no distinct odor. However, some fragrance may have been added to mask any unpleasant smells from the raw ingredients.
Implies that product does not contain common pore-clogging ingredients that can cause excess oil and even acne.
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