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Foundation and Bases

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Foundation and bases are the primary step before wearing makeup. Depending on the skin type, they can either moisturize and hydrate the skin a bit more for dry skin or reduce the appearance of pores and redness for oily skin. In addition to this, they make the makeup look flawless on the skin.

1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  • Talc: One of the main components of foundation is talc. Talc is composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, magnesium and is usually used in baby and face powders as well as foundations and other makeup products. It is found in rock deposits and is mined from the ground to finally be crushed, sorted and then milled to a powder. Talc is generally used to absorb moisture and oil, reduce the appearance of large pores, or prevent rashes. 
  • Stearic Acid:  It is a saturated fatty acid containing an 18- carbon chain. It is listed in the PETA’s caring consumer guide as a substance of animal origin. Stearic acid has opacifying agents, cleansing agents and emulsifying agents. It can be found in cosmetic creams, pastes, and soaps.
  • Dimethicone: It is the most widely used silicone-based polymer in cosmetics. You can find it in creams, lotions, bath soaps, serums and shampoos. Since dimethicone has fluid properties, it helps the products flow smoothly on the skin leading to an improved texture.
  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Color Additives: In case you are wondering where does the blue in your eyeliner or the pink in your blush are coming from, here is your answer. Color additives provide to consumers all the appealing colors they will find in their products, even in contact lenses. These ingredients come basically as dyes, pigments or other textures to impact the color when added to other substances. They are usually considered to be safe except from some colors.
  • Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and cosmetics.

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Color Additives: In case you are wondering where does the blue in your eyeliner or the pink in your blush are coming from, here is your answer. Color additives provide to consumers all the appealing colors they will find in their products, even in contact lenses. These ingredients come basically as dyes, pigments or other textures to impact the color when added to other substances. They are usually considered to be safe except from some colors. 

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Aloe Vera: Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus aloe. It has many uses such as soothing sunburn, relieving skin irritation, and adding extra moisture to the skin. It is rich in both vitamins A and C as well as it is rich in antioxidants. This can be an efficient alternative for a base as it is natural and does not harm your skin.
  • Rose Water: Rose water helps in maintaining the skin’s pH balance as well as it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You can use it on your face before applying your makeup and it will leave your skin smooth and hydrated.
  • Tinted Moisturizer: If you still need a relatively high coverage and don’t want to apply foundation, you can opt for a tinted natural moisturizer or a tinted natural sunscreen as they usually contain less chemicals than foundation.

 

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