Mineral cosmetics are definitely the buzz now. Even Hollywood A-listers are raving over this revolutionary beauty product that promises far more than what the usual makeup used to. But the common question in the mind of many, especially the ladies, is whether how this so-called natural makeups differ from the usual type and from each other. Obviously, there are differences as not all mineral makeups are the same. There are many grades and quality that exists on the market today. And shockingly, not many are as natural as they claim to be. And there is no clearer proof than what ingredients were used to make them.
Most people who uses cosmetic products, especially those who suffers acne and rosacea, may probably want to stay away from makeups that contains ingredients such as talc, preservatives, parabens or bismuth oxychloride. This is because these things causes allergic reaction and may worsen the cases of skin diseases and irritation. But to further help understand and differentiate the different brands of mineral makeup, here is a list of ingredients to watch out for. These ingredients are non-earth, non-pure mineral which may exist in your favorite “mineral” or “natural” cosmetic brands.
First, bismuth-oxychloride. This is a byproduct of refined lead and copper, which has a pearlescent property to increase the shine or luster of mineral makeup. Many expensive mineral makeup brands use this as it is cheap to buy, making it an inexpensive filler. People who suffers acne and rosacea will find that using products containing this ingredient will irritate their skin.
Titanium dioxide, on the other hand, is a natural mineral and safe to use on the skin. Usually, these particles are not small enough to be absorbed by the skin. However, some mineral cosmetic brands use nano-titanium dioxide or micronized titanium dioxide that have undergone nanotechnology making them very small that it can be absorbed by the skin and later on become toxic and pathogenic, causing major health problems.
One more usual ingredient of mineral makeups that makes it rather “unnatural” is methylparaben, which is basically a preservative that prolongs the shelf-life of the product. Though it is believed that this chemical is readily absorbed through the skin and does not have any effects on human, cases of allergic reactions to ingested parabens have been reported. Another preservative commonly used on “natural” cosmetics is trisodium EDTA, which is basically a combination of methylparaben, propylparaben and diasolidinyl urea.
Other unnatural ingredients that are included in supposedly natural cosmetic products are talc, which is used as a cheap filler; manganese violet, which is a poisonous pigment used in place of the more expensive cobalt violet deep pigment; and carmine, which basically contains animal byproducts.
So there you go, some chemical ingredients that can be found on some of the so-called natural makeups. If you see one of more of these ingredients on the mineral cosmetics you are using today, then you have been fooled. As it turned out, your natural makeup is not so natural after all.