Blushes are a makeup product that is used to highlight and accent the cheekbones. In this category, you’ll discover some of its most used ingredients, the harmful ones, and the alternatives to commercial blushes.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- 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.
- Carbomer: a series of polymers made from acrylic acid. They are white, fluffy powders but are usually used as gels in cosmetics and personal care products.
- Camphor: Camphor is a white waxy crystalline solid that is used also to give nail polishes their shiny and glossy- like appearance, this ingredient is even used in cold remedies sometimes such as nasal sprays and is judged to be less toxic than the other ingredients. Camphor can be found in many cosmetic products, personal cleanliness products and makeup. Too much exposure to the ingredient can lead to allergies, skin irritations and can even lead to nausea and dizziness.
- Zinc Oxide: This ingredient is commonly known as a key sunscreen ingredient that provides protection against UV rays. It is used in a long list of cosmetics and personal care products from which we can state makeup, sunscreens, bath soaps, and baby lotions.
- Sorbitan Stearate: Sorbitan stearate is a white-tanned colored solid composed of sweetener sorbitol and stearic acid. It is used for its emulsifying agents.
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.
- Talc: One of the main components of the face blush is talc. Talc is composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, magnesium and is usually used in baby and face powders. 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, but some researchers say it might lead to skin cancer and irritation on the long run.
- Titanium Dioxide: This ingredient is an inert earth mineral that is used for its thickening, lubricating, and sunscreen properties.
- Silica: Also known as silicon dioxide, this ingredient is a mineral that is used in cosmetics and personal care products. Silica has no definite form but the amorphous form is usually the one used in the beauty industry.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Shea Butter: If you want to make your own natural homemade blush, use shea butter as a base, mix it with other ingredients like aloe vera, natural mineral powder with color of choice, cocoa powder, mica powder. Mix the ingredients together and let is become dry before usage.