Cosmetics - she's medicine ?!
 Would you like to have in your purse universal remedy for skin care, which would save you both irritation and dryness, would provide the necessary protection, eliminating the possibility of an allergy? I'm sure every modern woman looking for just such a tool. Most of us, unfortunately, not enough time for intensive care of your skin, so the daily circuit includes, as a rule, only the purification and coating resembling a type of skin cream.

Urban ecology makes our skin prone to allergic reactions, so the manufacturers have recently on the packaging of creams do the words "hypoallergenic." It is assumed that a cream with the smallest probability cause allergy. Is this really the inscription? After all, in order to produce a hypoallergenic test, involves serious material costs that can afford, usually only large manufacturers.

In any domestic standards in the manufacture of cosmetic products are poison control, that is, first of all checked the overall safety of the products. Such assays detected the presence of toxic components and their concentrations, and the ability to cause an allergic reaction. This is a common test that can show only a general product safety.

What next?   How to gain confidence in the fact that the cream that we use really is responsible not only safety, but also will have a guaranteed effect, declared by the manufacturer? To this end, the manufacturer further tests its products in order to prove the claimed effect. On the results of this study can find information on the package of cream, for example, "The test carried out with the participation of 40 women for a month." This wording can be accepted, if it is an ordinary moisturizer without other alleged effects. The composition of this cream is quite simple, respectively, to wait extraordinary "glowing" appearance of the skin is not necessary.

And if you do not need to moisturize, but also protection from external influences, the removal of irritation, I advise you to look at the means of medical cosmetics - one that is sold in pharmacies as a result of consultation with a pharmacist or doctor.

Note that the division of cosmetics on the "medical" and "non-therapeutic" rather arbitrary, as all cosmetics in Russia is certified to the same standard (Sanitary rules and regulations SanPiN 1.2.681-97 "Hygienic requirements for the production and safety of perfumery and cosmetic products") . So stated on the package cream effects are entirely on the conscience of the manufacturer.

From the point of view of legislation in Western Europe (where most of the funds made medical cosmetics, namely in France), medical cosmetics - this means that have guaranteed the therapeutic effect in certain skin diseases, stated on the basis of clinical trials.

Unlike clinical trials of cosmetic - a number of subjects. Cosmetic tests are carried out on a group of 30-50 people. Clinical - 500 only in a clinic under the supervision of dermatologists. In conducting such tests, doctors are always watching long-term consequences - how long does the effect at a number of subjects, etc.

That such cosmetics in Russia and called the medical or pharmacy. Purchase can be in the pharmacy. The compositions of such funds is very balanced, contain active ingredients in such concentrations that could have a guaranteed effect. The number of constituents such cosmetics can be up to 10. The balanced composition can provide a number of different effects, such as deep hydration and the action against the surface without wrinkles of allergic reactions and other troubles.

Medical cosmetics made taking into account the possibility of using both healthy people without their luggage in skin diseases, and people with sensitive skin prone to allergic reactions, or suffering from any skin diseases.

As a rule, most of the "therapeutic" or "drugstore" cosmetics brands are composed of thermal water.   This is the water of mineral springs, relieves irritation, firming skin, has anti-aging effect and beneficial effect on the skin with dermatological diseases. Thermal water in the composition of cosmetics is the guarantor of its "therapeutic." It removes allergy moisturize and prepare the skin for makeup application. All of these effects are provided by mineral salts that are part of the thermal water.

Another essential component - any of the biologically active substances.   List them is not so great. These substances are generally well known and have been successfully applied not only in the "home" of cosmetics, but also in many "salon" means.

For example, one of the most frequently encountered components of medical cosmetics - collagen.   Collagen - the main structural component of the skin that defines the bearing, mechanical, transport and protective functions. Collagen - a protein having a specific composition. With age, the content in the skin decreases considerably. "Normal" is only the production of collagen to 25 years, then the production of collagen every year it becomes less and less, and by 50 years the body loses 15% of the ability to produce collagen. It suffers the whole body, especially the skin.

In cosmetics used collagen of different origin - marine, plant and animal. The content of the component ranges from 1% to 8 in combination with other components, providing moisture retaining properties. Thanks to good collagen ability to absorb water, it is used in cosmetics as an "internal moisturizer" (it can absorb water up to 30 times its own weight!).

Collagen can have different effects on the skin. On one hand, collagen in the skin forms a protective barrier that prevents the loss of skin moisture. On the other hand, collagen performs nutritional function by embedding into their own synthesis of collagen fibers of the skin.

Animal collagen in the composition of cosmetic products - the most dangerous in terms of allergies and inefficient. The reason is the large size of the molecules - they are not able to form a "bond with the skin." Vegetable collagen (wheat) is very expensive to produce, but perfectly absorbed by the skin. Marine collagen (from fish skin) is the most structurally similar to human collagen. The presence of the latter two types of collagen in cosmetics greatly increases their price!
Author: Olga Zorina