What´s In My Make Up?


Many of us wear make up almost everyday. I can include myself in that list. But have you ever wondered what it is that you´re putting on your face daily? Yeah, I know foundation, blush, bronzer, concealer and powder. What I mean is have you ever thought about what ingredients those products have? I recently just realized that every make up product I own is basically just a combination of different chemicals that I trust to not harm my body. So I grabbed four of my current favorite products and did some research on the main ingredients.


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Talc I Talc is a crystalline mineral with a matte white color. It´s used in many powders to make them more long-lasting by absorbing fluids. It is broken down into tiny particles that can easily be breathed in. These tiny particles can stay in our periphery airways and cause inflammation or lung cancer. They can even cause cancer in our ovaries because the particles can move by reproducing. There´s no law to restrict the amount of talc in cosmetic products yet so the amount in some of them can be dangerous.

Mica I Mica is a group of sheet silicate minerals also known as mineral glimmer. Wet ground Mica is pearlescent which makes powders shimmer. Wet ground means that the mineral is broken down into it´s tiniest flakes, made wet and broken down even further. Even when broken down into its tiniest particles, Mica still consists of flakes. Flakes have edges which makes them shimmer but edges also means that the flakes are able to cut. It is reported for harming respiratory organs when inhaled by scaring our lungs and causing irritations or possibly inflammations. It could or could not be bioaccumulative as well. However, other sources say that it´s anti-inflammatory. I´m confused.

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Isononyl Isononanoate I Isononyl Isononanoate is the chemical ester of isononanoic which is a fatty acid. It´s used in many hair products for it´s antistatic quality. It´s also emollient and skin conditioning. This means that it helps to keep the skin dry by reducing water loss from the epidermis. In that way the lower layers of our skin keep their water in and therefore the skin stays moisturized. It´s original form perlagonic acid is used as a food additive. It is rated as safe to use in cosmetics by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review. So far no harm to the human body could be found.

Ricinus Communis Seed Oil I Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the seeds of the ricinus communes plant. It is mostly used as an emollient in cosmetics. It´s actually very good and moisturizing for our skin.


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Aqua I Obivously water is not harmful to the human body in any way.

Cyclopentasiloxane I Cyclopentasiloxane is a water-thin chemical silicon oil. Like many silicons it lubricates, is waterproof and provides shine. It can be used as a solvent to lighten thick consistencies. It helps to make products spreadable and gives a silky, slippery feeling to the skin as well as forming a protective barrier and filling in fine lines and wrinkles. It basically gives your face the perfect plumb look when it´s used in a foundation. The only harms found to the human body are mild skin and eye irritations that can appear. It is mostly seen as critical for it´s harm on the environment. It´s not biodegradable and therefore accumulates in the nature and can harm animals especially when it´s released to the marine life.

Titanium Dioxide I Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. It is used as a white pigment in many different products because it also enhances the opacity of these products. It can also be used as a sunscreen or absorbent. Studies have pointed to it being a carcinogen and photocatalyst. Both are qualities that are not particularly good for human bodies. Especially its nanoparticles  are pathogenic and disease causing. Studies have shown that the smaller the particle the more dangerous it is. With new technology the beauty industry mainly uses very fine fibres such as nanoparticles.

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Isodecane Cera Alba & Copernicia Cerifera Cera I Beeswax and Carnauba Wax are both natural wax products produced by honey bees and the leaves of palm trees. They help to keep emulsions from separating and increase the thickness of lipids. By that they allow smooth application of a product and keep products solid. They also stiffen but not harden the product. Their flexibility and plasticity facilitate application of products. Waxes are commonly used in human food and flavoring and there is no known harm to the human body.

Disteardimonium Hectorite I Disteardimonium Hectorite is a chemically modified clay compound. It is used as a dispersing agent to thicken oil-based products as well as a stabilizer for emulsions. There is no known harm to the human body, so it´s safe to use in cosmetics.


Overall I am surprised how many non-harmful ingredients I´ve found. I was expecting so much more ingredients to be really bad for us. The one thing I am taking away from this is that everyone should keep away from Talc. I´ve been checking all the powder products I own and have gotten rid of the ones that use Talc. I´ve also started to check if the companies that use Titanium Dioxide use them as nanoparticles. It´s hard though as not many companies say that on their website, so I´ve been contacting the costumer support of those. Also everyone should stay skeptical towards products that have Mica in them. We don´t know yet if it´s harmful or not.

The P.S. Love Blusher was the first thing that got banned from my make up collection. I´ve really been loving it but I can´t justify it anymore with the ingredients in it. I really don´t want any illnesses just because I´ve been using the wrong make up products. I´ve gathered that the dangerous ingredients are cheap to get, so companies use them to keep their products at a very low price. Maybe it´s just safer to get more expensive make up.

If you now want to check the ingredients of your make up products, I´d suggest going over to Cosmetics Info. I´ve taken information from many different websites here but I´ve found them to be the best for a quick overview of the ingredient. Whatever you do, please just be aware that some ingredients can harm your body and many companies might not care about that.

2 comments

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! It was interesting and unique - I'll definitely be checking ingredients in make up before purchasing now! Thanks TeenGenesis xx

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  2. Great post and beautiful photography! Loving the autumnal theme! xx

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