No matter how beautiful the packaging is, the composition is still more important. What to look for in the list of ingredients, so as not to doubt the effectiveness of the funds? Let's talk about it in more detail

There are hundreds, even thousands of cosmetic ingredients, but not all of them are equally effective in solving skin problems, helping to maintain its he alth. But there are components that are highly valued precisely for their active action and serve as a certain guarantee that your expectations from cosmetics will not be deceived. And it's not just about care products.Such ingredients began to be included in make-up products. How to understand the composition of cosmetics, we told here. And about which components are really useful, read further in the article. After all, the most valuable thing in any make-up is products with the right composition.

Hyaluronic acid

This substance is produced in the human body, performing many important functions. For example, joint he alth also depends on the level of hyaluronic acid.

Elastic skin with a sufficient level of moisture is also her merit. In the dermis, "hyaluron" fills the intercellular space - between collagen and elastin fibers, as well as connective tissue cells that are involved in their synthesis - fibroblasts.

Hyaluronic acid is a kind of sponge: just one molecule can attract up to 1000 water molecules and thus provide the skin with moisture. Look for it in moisturizing foundations and primers to keep your skin from feeling thirsty.


Like hyaluronic acid, it attracts water. The advantageous difference between glycerin is that it creates a film on the surface of the skin that prevents moisture from evaporating quickly and promotes its deeper penetration into the skin.

It's often found in creamy products - you can find it in the ingredients list of foundation or BB cream, blush or highlighter with a fluid texture.

Vitamin E

" Vitamin of youth" tocopherol, or vitamin E, is in good standing with cosmetics manufacturers. It is especially loved by those who are trying to give make-up products anti-aging properties.

Vitamin E stimulates cell renewal, improves their oxygen supply (here it is, the “breathing” of the skin) and also protects against free radical attacks. Interestingly, it is added not only to primers and creams.You can also find vitamin E in lipsticks - for example, in the classic Round Lipstick from NYX Professional Makeup.


Squalene is naturally present in the skin (it is, for example, in sebum), but over the years its content decreases. This negatively affects the condition of the skin, so the developers of beauty products have found a way to make up for the deficiency - due to squalane, which is now obtained from plants - sugar cane or olive (previously the source of squalane was shark liver, but this method of obtaining a valuable ingredient is a thing of the past).

Squalane, firstly, helps to deliver other active components of cosmetics to the deeper layers of the skin. Secondly, it itself increases the level of skin hydration.

Shea butter

Cold-pressed shea butter preserves the maximum of natural benefits: vitamins A and E, fatty acids, phytosterols and many other useful substances. The oil is well absorbed and nourishes the skin with everything it needs. Perfectly softens, helping to get rid of the feeling of dryness and tightness.

May be present in creams and fluids for dehydrated skin. It is also found in lip products - balms and glosses.

Vitamin C

In our body, the synthesis of vitamin C does not occur, which is a pity: this substance has many useful properties. When ingested with food, it goes first to the organs that need the vitamin the most, and the skin, as a rule, receives it on a residual basis.

Therefore, it is best to vitaminize it with the help of cosmetics. Vitamin C relieves skin of oxidative stress and, like other antioxidants, protects against photoaging.

It also promotes collagen production - and therefore is present in anti-age products. In addition, this vitamin brightens the skin (for those who struggle with pigmentation) and helps it gain radiance.

It's interesting that vitamin C is even included in lipsticks: it is, for example, in the list of ingredients of Vice Lipstick from Urban Decay.


This is a group of substances, each of which is a "residue" of amino acids connected to each other by peptide bonds. High hopes are placed on them: experts believe that they are the future of anti-aging cosmetics.

They are distinguished by the ability to penetrate deep into the skin through the epidermis due to the small size of the molecules. They can activate collagen synthesis and inhibit glycation, the process by which simple sugars bind collagen fibers together (which is why a balanced diet is so important for youthful skin).

Peptides relieve inflammation, heal and restore the skin. Please note: peptides do not work in combination with some cosmetic ingredients.For example, with retinol. Learn the subtleties of their action so that your care (or makeup - peptides are in the Matrixyl 3000 component of the Naked Skin cream from Urban Decay remains effective.


Foods rich in antioxidants can be beneficial for more than just the diet. They are also added to the composition of beauty products. Including those that we use for makeup. So, Maybelline New York has Instant Anti-Age Eraser Concealer, a concealer that contains goji berry extract.

This component was entrusted with an anti-aging mission and protection of the skin from the negative effects of free radicals. Since the skin around the eyes is thin and sensitive, it is very vulnerable, and such a boost in the anti-dark circle concealer formula is very useful.

For more information on how to apply concealer to this delicate area, we talked in this video tutorial.

What is more important for you: the external effect of make-up products or a useful composition? Write a comment.