Some of the most common concealer ingredients are talc, macadamia oil and ground mica. Additionally, titanium dioxide and shea butter can be found in many concealers. Not all of these concealer ingredients are considered safe; for example, talc and titanium dioxide can irritate the lungs when inhaled. Macadamia oil, mica and shea butter are generally safe unless the user has an allergy or easily irritates the skin. Typically, dozens of other minerals, chemicals, and vitamins are mixed with these basic ingredients to create the final product.
Terrestrial mica reflects light.
Talc is a natural mineral found in many cosmetic products, including some concealers. When applied to the skin, it gives the wearer a pearly glow. It is also used to make crayons, paper, and some foods. The safety of using talc is somewhat controversial, so some makeup companies are now making talc-free products. People extracting or grinding this corrective ingredient may be at risk of lung cancer because of the amount of talc they breathe during working hours.
Concealer is normally chosen based on the individual’s skin tone.
Macadamia oil is among the most common concealer ingredients found in natural concealers. This oil is expressed from the nut of the same name. In addition to its use in cosmetic products, it is used as a culinary ingredient and in perfumes. When slightly refined, the oil is light yellow, but can be refined until completely transparent. It has a slight odor even when very refined, which is usually covered by an added fragrance or smells from other natural ingredients.
Applying concealer with your fingertips can increase the chances of clogged pores.
Ground mica is commonly found in mineral makeup concealers. Mica reflects light, which can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other blemishes. By itself, mica is transparent and glossy and does not provide colored coverage. When mixed with other mineral makeup ingredients, it helps the powder go smoother and gives the wearer’s face a polished finish that shimmers in bright light. Along with zinc, mica can help protect the wearer’s skin from sun damage by physically blocking the rays.
Titanium dioxide is also among the most popular corrective ingredients. It is a very versatile chemical found in minerals that can thicken and color makeup. In addition, it can be used as protection from the sun, as it acts as a barrier between the skin and harmful rays. It does not penetrate the skin well and therefore can be used by people with sensitive skin. The general safety of titanium dioxide is debatable, especially when it is included in products that can be accidentally inhaled.
Like macadamia oil, shea butter is extracted from a nut. It is a pale yellow fat that is often used to condition hair and skin. In addition to being used in beauty products, it is used in the manufacture of candles, in the waterproofing of items and even in some foods.