Who would’ve though that mineral makeup could possibly be dubbed as dangerous or harmful to the human body? These are recent claims which slam the purity of mineral makeup, and expose the dangerous chemicals included into products which both women and men use on a daily basis.
Do you ever catch your face feeling itchy throughout the day? This may happen 5 minutes or 5 hours right after applying a full face of makeup. Most big-brands have the means to mass produce makeup that is packed with fragrance, preservatives, talc, and parabens – all of which can jeopardise healthy skin. So naturally, many people turn to mineral makeup which is often recognised as being free from impurities – besides bismuth.
What is bismuth?
Bismuth oxychloride is a bi-product of copper and lead which serves as a main ingredient in most mineral cosmetics. This is the reason your face feels itchy, breaks out irregularly (you though it was that time of the month), and can cause substantial rashes to your face and body.
Why is it added in mineral cosmetics?
This ingredient is found in a large portion of mineral cosmetics because it gives an artificial glow when applied as an illuminator or foundation, and generally helps your makeup to really last the distance.
Nude By Nature Liquid Mineral Foundation, $39.95 (Bismuth-free)
How can I tell if my makeup contains bismuth?
All ingredients are generally published on the packaging of the product, but if you have thrown all that out then there are other ways to determine whether your makeup contains bismuth. Apply the product on the back of your hand, and wait for it to settle onto the skin. Even if the product doesn’t contain SPF but still has a shine, then it probably contains bismuth.
Another way is by rubbing the product between your fingers – you should be able to feel if it has a very soft and silk-like texture which is normally bismuth. Sometimes the colour of foundation can also be another way to determine whether your makeup contains bismuth – it will often take on a pearly or pink hue when observed away from the light.
How is bismuth bad for my skin?
As mentioned previously, bismuth causes an irritating itchiness on the skin – this can vary from the forehead, chin, neck, and cheeks. If you’re in a warmer climate, then sweating can often bring upon a nasty rash, which is very difficult to get rid of.
Are there any makeup products which don’t contain bismuth?
Absolutely. But please take into consideration that these products aren’t packed with as many ingredients and you will find that your makeup generally won’t last that long – that’s why bismuth and talc are used in the first place! Mineral makeup which doesn’t contain bismuth is harder to get your hands on, but if you’re taking the longterm effects into consideration – it’s so much healthier for your skin.
What do you think about mineral makeup?
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Felicia is a Sydney local who first showed an interest in social media and public relations, before making the leap over to writing. She now spends her days writing about a number of topics including beauty tips and tricks and runs an online fashion blog in her spare time. Follow Felicia on Twitter.