Does the beauty of Oriental women attract you? The surrounding riot of colors, clear arrows edging the eyes, and alluring mystery in the look - all this fascinates many. The East is a storehouse of contradictions and ideological limitations. How can a beauty attract attention if the body is hidden under a veil, and only the eyes are open for prying eyes? Antimony will come to the rescue. "What is this?" - the inexperienced European will ask. The answer is simple - an excellent natural cosmetic product for decorating the eyes, which can preserve youth, beauty and he alth. Not without reason in the eastern camps not only women use antimony. With eyeliner, you can easily meet both men and children.
Did you pay attention to the Hindus, Arabs, Bedouins of the desert with lined eyes? Antimony it! What is it that Eastern men saw in it, using the remedy on themselves not only for decoration, but also for a therapeutic purpose? In the hot deserts of Africa, as well as in India, antimony was used as eye protection from sand, dust, and the scorching sun. The antiseptic properties of the product helpedprevent the development of various infections of the visual organ. In Iran, for example, crushed black stone (the basis for the preparation of antimony) was used to treat burns. Thanks to this, people got rid of blisters. It was also placed along the edges of the wound to decontaminate it and speed up healing.
So, a universal remedy that combines both cosmetic and therapeutic effects is antimony. How to use the eye product depends on its form of release. It comes in the form of a powder, a pencil, a paste in a tube. Antimony can vary in color: the palette starts from blue-black and ends with an almost colorless, light shade. Often it contains additional substances that enhance its properties. For example, camphor, cosmetic oils and herbal essences.
Let's look deep into the etymology
In different languages, the same tool has variations in names. When they say "kohl", "kadzhal" (or "kudzhal"), "kayal", they mean the same antimony. The word is translated from Turkish means "blackening". This applies to eyelashes and eyebrows. Other variations slightly change their meaning. So, "kayal" from the ancient Assyro-Babylonian language is translated differently - "cosmetics". The word "kajal" is most often used in relation to an antimony soft pencil. And in the manufacture of antimony from coal, called black stone or kohl, a similar name goes to the eye remedy itself.
Are you relatedeye antimony with a chemical element?
Cosmetic antimony has little in common with the chemical element of the same name. However, skeptics continue to ask: what is antimony? Such a chemical compound cannot be useful. In certain quantities, this metal is toxic to the human body, although it is invariably present in small doses. In addition, the role of this trace element in the development of living organisms is still unclear.
The semiconductor industry uses antimony itself. Its compounds with lead are used to enhance the strength of the latter. In general, the addition of antimony to alloys and compounds with other elements gives the new material obtained additional properties, expanding its scope.
Secrets of making antimony for the eyes
Naturally occurring antimony sulfide was previously used as a medicine and cosmetic. But now only one name remains. At the same time, today in the Iranian-Iraqi countries, antimony for the eyes is made from crushed black coal or ismid on a vaseline or oil basis. The quality of a mineral is determined by its ability to crumble. It is heterogeneous in structure:
- The shell of the stone has a dark color with a certain sheen. She goes to make blue-black antimony.
- The core of the mineral is light. It is used to obtain gray and light gray antimony.
- The intermediate zone is painted in dark colors, but without the tide. It is the most preferred for grinding, therefore it gives the finestbaby.
Ismid may contain lead sulfide. It is toxic to humans, so only high quality antimony with a good degree of purification should be chosen. As a rule, cheaper Iranian, Egyptian and Chinese contain lead in the maximum allowable doses.
Homemade antimony in the traditions of India is made from muslin fabric. It is soaked in sandalwood oil and burned in a special lamp filled with castor oil. The soot remaining on its walls will be used as antimony for the eyes.
Colorless antimony for the eyes is used for therapeutic purposes. It is difficult to find doctors' comments about its non-traditional use, since doctors are usually reserved in comments related to folk methods of treatment. However, there are no obvious contraindications and excuses either.
To enhance the therapeutic effect, camphor, oils or herbs are added to antimony. Thus, the first substance has a cooling and refreshing effect, causing tearing and some discomfort in the eyes during the first application. But when the victim of beauty blinks and can open her eyes, her eyes take on a clear and he althy look without a drop of fatigue. The addition of oils has a positive effect on eyelash growth and hydration of the skin around the eyes. Basma and herbal extracts nourish the epidermis. They are also great for lashes and brows.
Healing antimony helps in the following cases:
- Treats eye infections: conjunctivitis, styes.
- Used for seasonal allergic eye irritation.
- Relieves eye fatigue.
- Improves blood circulation of the eyeball, strengthening the vascular network.
- Makes vision sharper and clearer.
- Accelerates the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows.
If a fashionista wears contact lenses and is allergic to cosmetics, then antimony can be a great alternative to decorative cosmetics.
The famous oriental arrows for the eyes are drawn with antimony! However, pursuing cosmetic goals, you should carefully approach the choice of funds. For example, Al-Sherifain is powdered Indian antimony. The reviews of those who have tried it are full of statements that it is good only for medicinal purposes, since the arrows made with it quickly crumble. Another Indian-made tool - Hind ka Noor - is positioned as an excellent makeup base: the arrows are not thin, the inner eyelid is decorated remarkably. With the help of antimony it is very easy to make the famous smoky eyes. Makeup is obtained thanks to the powder structure of the product. At the same time, clear arrows are drawn with oil or pencil antimony.
Antimony powder is applied with a special stick, which usually comes with the product. It can be wood or glass. The first option is considered environmentally friendly, besides it is pleasant to the touch. But there is a risk of getting a splinter or infection, because this is a fertile material forbacteria reproduction. Glass is more durable and sterile. The quality of grinding matters: the finer the powder structure of the material, the easier and more uniformly applied antimony.
To avoid shedding of the powder, you can first apply a fat cream to the skin around the eyes. It will serve as the foundation. Oriental beauties, before emphasizing the eyes with antimony, lighten the skin under the eyes with powder. Then the product is applied and excess powder is removed with cotton pads. As a result, the makeup is more contrasting and very neat.
Pencil is an antimony powder pressed for easy application. The oil base gives it softness. Therefore, it is more pleasing to the eye than similar European cosmetics. The pencil is good for correcting powder makeup and quickly applying arrows. Such antimony does not raise questions in application. Anyone who has ever used a pencil eyeliner can easily cope with makeup.
Antimony in the form of oil or paste
This form of release of antimony is suitable for the winter period. It does not spread, does not crumble, perfectly decorates and refreshes the eyes. Eyelashes are well nourished, as a result of which they grow quickly. In summer makeup looks too massive and bright. Oily antimony is not suitable for girls with oily skin. Shine of the skin around the eyes (not at all brilliant) is guaranteed by them.
How to apply antimony?
As a cosmetic, antimony is applied in the morning half an hour before going out. If beauty pursues healinggoals, then the drug can be left overnight, specially making up their eyes before going to bed. Antimony does not need to be rinsed off. But if there is such a need, it is enough to wipe the eyeliner with oil or wash your face with foam or soap. It is better for contact lens wearers to apply antimony first, and then put on optical elements. This is due to the possible reaction of the eyes to the remedy. Tearing, temporary redness of the eye area may appear.
Antimony - what is it? Now you can easily answer this question, even give a short lecture. Maybe you want to try this miracle remedy for yourself. Agree that the mysterious East has become a little closer and more accessible, slightly opening the veil of its charming color.