Friday, October 28, 2016

the role of vitamins in cosmetics

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These are organic chemicals that we usually get through food. They regulate various reactions of our metabolism, they are necessary for the normal functioning of the body, while total or partial deprivation of vitamins causes a number of pathological conditions, such as avitaminosis.

I will not extend here about what happens when we take vitamins through food; so there is google - a search will get you millions of results 😊

The reason I wanted to write about vitamins is because I found out that many people think, that adding vitamins to cosmetics is just about for the effect of selling, that they just appear on the label but that they do not really exist in the cosmetic product. This is true for the mass-produced cosmetics of multinational companies, which not only do not contain vitamins in their products but they are producing purely chemical formulations that have no job with our skin; well, it’s ok to use them for cleaning the stain on the furniture 😜

Herbal cosmetics, and especially the handmade, contain real vitamins. Various kinds of vitamins feature in a wide range of cosmetic products such as body lotions, facial masks, creams, toothpastes etc. They are categorized as water-soluble and fat-soluble and the main ones we use in our cosmetics are: A, B, C, E and F.
So let's see what role vitamins play in our cosmetics and what needs they serve.

vitamin A:
It belongs to the category of fat-soluble vitamins and is considered, not unfairly, "the vitamin of the aged skin". It prevents premature aging, regenerates skin cells, exerts intense anti-wrinkle action to repair even the deepest wrinkles, and acts as an exfoliating agent by removing dead cells. It is used both in anti-aging products and in acne-fighting products, since it works balancing the skin, regulating the secretion of sebum.

provitamin B5 (d-panthenol):
It belongs to the category of water-soluble vitamins and is famous for its moisturising and regenerative properties. Provitamin B5 belongs to the complex of vitamins B and when applied topically to the skin it provides rich and deep moisturization while acting against aging as it tends to "fill" fine lines and wrinkles. It soothes and heals irritations, burns and wounds while stimulating our hair while keeping it smooth and soft. We also find it as an essential ingredient in makeup products.

vitamin C:
Water-soluble vitamin, also known as ascorbic acid. Rich in antioxidant properties, it strengthens collagen production, regenerates skin tissues, while fighting free radicals, restores firmness and makes the skin shine literally. It tends to remove the dead cells and thus perfect the texture of the skin. Especially helps to "fade" dark spots, fights telangiectasia and is the perfect treatment for sun-damaged skin as an after-sun product.

vitamin E:
Fat soluble vitamin, the strongest antioxidant in our cosmetics. Maintains moisture on the skin at normal levels, thus fighting dryness and dehydration. It acts as a natural preservative for the other ingredients in a cosmetic product, has a rich anti-aging and softening effect and protects the skin from the destruction created by free radicals. It works well with vitamin C.

vitamin F:
It's not a real vitamin, it's actually a name for classifying unsaturated fatty acids omega-6. It comes from the safflower plant, is used in cosmetics to help cases of atopic or seborrheic dermatitis while soothing dry skin. It is also used to protect our hair by improving the quality of the hair and keeping the scalp hydrated while regulating sebum secretion. Fat soluble substance.

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