Composition of mineral cosmetics
Mineral cosmetics are becoming more and more popular. The main argument of their users is that their composition is completely natural. When using minerals, you don't have to worry that the pores will become clogged, which will result in a deterioration of appearance and blackheads, or that the cosmetic will accelerate the aging of the skin around the eyes.
Tiny particles of mica perfectly reflect light. Thanks to it we obtain cosmetics that mask imperfections and wrinkles. Mica can give a more or less opaque effect, comes in white or is sometimes coloured with natural dyes.
Titanium dioxide (Titanum Dioxide)
This is a white pigment that can be used to lighten up too dark cosmetics and moderate their color. What is more, it also has covering properties. Treats the reproduction of microorganisms, so that the skin will not become infected and imperfections will not appear. Titanium oxide is also a sunscreen.
It is also a great UVA and UVB filter, which does not require the use of artificially obtained substances. It is characterized by its antibacterial effect. Thanks to its zinc content, it dries changes, soothes irritated skin and heals changes. It also strengthens the waterproofness of the cosmetic.
They are used to give colour to cosmetics. They are available in a wide range of colours, from yellow to dark browns. Used especially in powders, bronzers, sometimes in eye shadows. They are great for hiding - not much pigment is needed for an intense shade.
They are also natural pigments that come in a variety of colors. Thanks to ultramarines it is possible to obtain violet, red, blue, yellow shades.... Due to its properties, ultramarine is used in colour cosmetics.
Its main task is to absorb sebum and create a matting effect. The more kaolin clay, the more matting the cosmetic and the better it will work for oily skin.
Just like kaolin, silica absorbs sebum and mattifies the skin. It also disperses light, which allows to achieve the effect of illumination and hide imperfections. Particularly suitable for powders.
Reading warehouses is not a waste of time
Along with the fashion for mineral cosmetics, marketing tricks have also appeared. Some manufacturers call their mineral cosmetics because they add one or two of the above mentioned ingredients. The rest are silicones, talcas, smells, preservatives.... Real mineral cosmetics do not smell and contain nothing but minerals. What should worry us? It is primarily the long, intricate composition, alcohol content, bismuth oxychloride, mineral oils, emulsifiers, oil derivatives.
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