How to save on expensive cosmetics
You may have heard that manybranded cosmetics do not contain any rare and expensive ingredients. Of course, the price is much more dependent on the brand and recognizability of the product than on the composition. Useful substances for body care are not so many.
This does not mean that manufacturers of cosmeticsby all means try to fool you; nobody is obliged to understand chemistry, pharmacology, biology and biochemistry, and it is easier for most people to trust professionals - albeit with great money - than risk their health.
This is reasonable and understandable. Therefore, we do not dare to say that all your expensive scrubs, lotions, peelings, conditioners and the like can be safely replaced with cheap analogs. However, if you really want to understand and understand what active substances are at their core, and at the same time save money, this is the article for you!
"Humidifiers are made on the basis of occlusive(petrolatum, dimethicone, etc.) and water-retaining substances (glycerin, etc.) with the addition of various sunscreen filters and herbal products for added functionality and advertising appeal ...
However, 80% of all formulas reveal somesimilarity. Most products are moisturizers with the addition of ingredients that are promotional. Whether it is a face cream, an anti-aging night cream, a sunscreen, a topical antioxidant or a skin whitening serum, they all have the formula of moisturizers. "
(Extracts from the study "Active substances in basic skin care products", conducted by dermatological consultation "Draelos ZD", USA).
Activated charcoal is a part of 25 cosmetics, from soap to exfoliants.
Best for face mask (mixRastolchenny coal with gel base). Another common use is for teeth whitening. The microporous structure of the coal perfectly cleans teeth and does not harm enamel.
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a part of 934 cosmetics.
It is a natural antioxidant that can be used in face masks. In addition, vitamin C restores skin pH and is the basis of most conditioning additives for the skin.
Boric alcohol is a solution of boric acid in ethyl alcohol. Boric acid is a part of various anti-acne and acne medications.
Thanks to the antimicrobial effect of boronacids, this substance is classified as a cosmetic biocide. This is the cheapest and absolutely safe remedy, which you can wipe problem areas on the face and body, if you want to get rid of acne.
Vitamin E (tocopherol) is an organic substance,It has an antioxidant and conditioning effect on the skin. It is part of more than 5,000 cosmetic products, since it has no side effects even in very high concentrations.
This is an ideal tool for strengthening the nails and care for the cuticle. Rub the vitamin E into the nail plates, and your nails will always be strong and healthy.
Hydrocortisone is a hormone secreted byadrenal glands of some animals, although a synthetic analog is often used in cosmetics. Used in ointments and creams - both cosmetic and therapeutic (for example, in funds from hemorrhoids).
Thanks to the smoothing and water-retainingEffects on the skin, hydrocortisone ointment is excellent as a remedy for wrinkles, eczema and rashes. It is hydrocortisone that is the main secret of "rejuvenating" cosmetics.
Yes, yes, the most common drug iodine! We include it in our list because of its extreme cheapness, although it does not have many cosmetic applications.
Iodine can be applied to the nails so that they aresmooth, shiny and unbreakable. Sometimes it is used as an ingredient in sunscreen filters and ointments against itching and rashes, but there is evidence that its long-term use can negatively affect the endocrine function.
If it does not cause you an allergic reaction, most likely, it is applied to the skin safely, but we still advise you not to risk and limit your fingernails.
Tincture of calendula
Tincture of Calendula (Calendula officinalis) -popular in cosmetics is a natural skin care product. Calendula is often included in lip balms, moisturizers for the face, shadows, shampoos and masks.
The best, in our opinion, use of tinctureCalendula - dilute it with water and wipe your face. This will save you from black dots and prevent the formation of blackheads. You can also use a diluted tincture as a conditioner for hair (before washing with shampoo).
Hydrogen peroxide has disinfectant and antibacterial properties, and is also used in cosmetic products as an oxidizing component.
This is an excellent antiseptic for edging manicure andeyebrow correction. In a diluted form, hydrogen peroxide is perfect as a lotion for problem skin. This significantly reduces the risk of skin diseases such as demodectic, staphylococcus and furunculosis.
Oil burdock (Arctium lappa) has many uses in cosmetics. It is a common ingredient in many sunscreen and cleansers.
But its main property is strengthening of hair. Burdock oil is often recommended to men as a remedy against baldness.
It is equally useful for weakened hair (for example, after lightening or painting) and simply as an air conditioner that promotes hair growth.
It is best to make a closed hair mask for a couple of hours before washing your hair.
Retinol (vitamin A) refers to aliphatic alcohols and is used in ointments, perfumes, dyes for hair and a couple of hundred cosmetic preparations.
Retinoic ointment perfectly removes irritation and redness of the skin, eliminates acne and eruptions, and also rejuvenates the face. It is applied in a thick layer as a mask.
For the sake of justice, we note that although retinolIt is widely used in the US and most EU countries, Germany and Canada prohibit its use in cosmetics because of the possible effects on skin cells.