1: Choose make-up without perfume
Check your mascara, concealer, bronzer and lipstick. More often than not make-up contain perfume. It is used mainly to mask the natural smell of the product. And that is it, others cannot smell it. The perfume does not do anything else than mask. Chances are that you do not even smell and notice it. It does not add to your beauty. But it can take from your beauty. In fact, your beauty will take a severe hit, if you develop a perfume allergy and have an allergic reaction in the face. Perfume in make-up is not necessary.
2: Colophony should be avoided
Colophony is a sap derived from trees. It is used as an adhesive in many types of products and in makeup such as eyeshadow, powder foundations and blush. It is a known allergen, which means the risk of you developing an allergy towards colophony is real – so our best advice is; do avoid it.
3: Chrome has many faces
Most people think “A metal in my mascara, no thanks!” when they hear of Chrome in make-up.
But there is actually no reason for you to worry about Chrome in your products and to buy make-up that say: “free from Chrome”.
Yes, Chrome can be an allergen and yes, you might have heard that Chrome in make-up is bad, but there are several different kinds of Chrome.
Trivalent Chrome (Chrome 3) is the only type that is found in cosmetics. It is a natural impurity in natural ingredients and in dyes. This type of Chrome is also found naturally in different kinds of food such as vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, nuts, dark chocolate and shell fish. It is essential for humans and we cannot live without it. Overall Chrome 3 in cosmetics does not penetrate the skin and is not known to cause allergy. In other words – there is no reason to worry and to avoid Chrome in cosmetics.
The type of Chrome used in leather goods and metals such as jewelry and buttons, Chrome 6, is a different matter. Most cases of health issues from Chrome are occupational and caused by Chrome 6. This type has the ability to penetrate skin and therefor causes skin allergy if there is skin exposure.
4: Mineral oils are like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
“Should I avoid mineral oils in makeup?”. Altogether and forever?
Yes and no – it depends on where you apply the product. You should not avoid it – if you have issues with dry skin.
There are no known health hazards – allergenic, carcinogenic or other – to applying products with mineral oils onto our skin. In fact, dermatologists often recommend parents whose children have atopic eczema or very dry skin to start using cream high in petrolatum to prevent the skin from drying out.
So, if you have issues with dry skin makeup and skincare products with mineral oils might help as they lay an occlusive barrier on the skin and prevent the skin from drying out and losing its own moisture and water.
When it comes to lip products it is a good idea to avoid mineral oils. Mineral oils are toxic if we swallow enough of it, and because a study showed we consume a lot more of our lip products than expected – mineral oils should be avoided in lip products.