What's Actually in Your Makeup ?


How often do we actually think about the ingredients that are in our cosmetic products? We tend to just purchase what looks good and doesn’t visibly irritate our skin, and for many women, makeup is a part of everyday life.

Knowing what our skin is absorbing through the makeup we are applying is important though. You could unknowingly be using products that cause adverse health problems down the line, and it is always safer to educate yourself on the ingredients you are using.

So let’s take a look at what’s actually in your makeup, and what to avoid, so that you can safely put your best face forward every day.

1. Eye Shadow

Eye shadow is a great way to add a pop of color or a sultry smokiness to your makeup routine. Ingredients in eye shadow typically start with filler, such as talc or mica. A binder is added, usually zinc or magnesium, to keep the product sticking to the skin. Then, pigment and preservatives are included to give you the variety of hues that you see on the shelf, and keep them from deteriorating too quickly.

Oils and waxes are typically added to eye shadow in cream based formulas, which tend to keep their pigment longer when applied to the skin. Whether you wear a powder or cream shadow, you stick to more earthy tones to reduce the risk of irritation since they contain fewer dyes.