This category includes the ingredients used in mascara or eyelash products, find out the main components used, the harmful ingredients, and the natural alternatives.
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 hair conditioners.
- Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a clear and colorless liquid derived from alcohol. It is most often used as a solvent and viscosity decreasing agent in cosmetics and personal care products such as fragrances, shaving, personal cleanliness products, and eye and facial makeup.
- Isopropyl Myristate: This synthetic oil is used as an additive in many cosmetic and makeup products. A unique characteristic of Isopropyl Myristate is its ability to reduce the greasy feel caused by the high oil content of other ingredients in a product. Although it is safe to use, in more than 5% of formulations, it can cause skin irritation. For this reason, it is considered a comedogenic and is aggravating to acne, so it is not the best ingredient to look for if you have an oily skin.
- Cyclomethicone: After two studies conducted, this ingredient is considered to be neither irritating nor sensitizing so it is safe to be used. It is extracted from silicon and oxygen and is used in many cosmetic and makeup products.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- 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.
- 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.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, not only this, but it does a great job promoting eyelashes’ length and strength. Add some charcoal, shea butter and glycerin to it and enjoy your homemade natural mascara.