How to identify a good cosmetic for your health and the environment

Many people relate the word cosmetic exclusively to facial care products, perfumes or makeup. However, it also includes soaps and deodorants, external intimate hygiene products, for oral and dental care, bath and shower preparations, hair removal products and hair beauty, for nail and lip care, and sunscreens.

When using them, your body comes into contact with the ingredients that are part of its composition, which can be natural or chemical. The proportion between them depends on the type of product you use.

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How to read the labels of each product?

He International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) It is a denomination that is used internationally to name all the ingredients of cosmetics. In addition, in the patella they should appear ordered according to their importance and proportion in the formula.

Thus, the first components are those that are found in greater quantities and the last ones, those that are present in smaller quantities. Therefore, in a good cosmetic that tells us about the fantastic properties of an ingredient, it should appear at the top of the list.

When the size of the package does not allow to include all the indications on the label, a leaflet must be added that will be attached to the package and that will clarify all these aspects.

How to identify the vegetable ingredients?

In a good cosmetic, the vegetable ingredients are at the top of the list. To identify them, you should know that the Latin name of the plant is used followed by:

Aqua, water or distilate: for hydrolates and floral waters.

Extract: for extracts.

Oil: for oils.

Butter: for vegetable shortening.

Wax: for vegetable waxes.

Moreover, the term parfum You can refer to any substance that is added to the cosmetic to flavor it. Within this denomination, it can be included from a natural essential oil to ingredients that are suspected of being carcinogenic, such as toluene or phthalates. In a good cosmetic, it is usually indicated if it refers to an essential oil.

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It is advisable to store cosmetics in a cool, dry place away from light. When handling with your fingers, it is advisable to wash your hands before and after each use, and close the container tightly. Especially, creams that contain acids such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid) when exposed to light, oxidize and lose effectiveness.

If you are using a product with retinoic acid and decide to keep it until next summer, it should be closed very well and stored in a dry and cool place, such as the refrigerator door.

take into account dates

The expiration date, which must appear on the box, is another point that should not be overlooked. A habit not to be mistaken is to review every six months what we keep in the kit, from free samples to creams and cosmetics.

In the case of sunscreens, you must renew them every year, since it may happen that the filters that make up your formula have lost effectiveness. And most importantly, if when you open a cosmetic you see that it has lost the smell and color it had, either because its texture is watery or because it does not smell good, it will be better not to use it.

The adverse consequences they can cause range from allergic dermatitis, redness (erythema), swelling (edema), itching (pruritus), alterations in hair and nails, hives, photosensitization and blisters.

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