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Typical Substances Found In Makeup – The Basic Rundown

By Dina Mills

Acid: – Acids are sometimes found in small quantities to adjust the pH of a product. There are a few different kinds: Citric, boric, phosphoric, sulphuric, hydrochloric and lactic.

Alcohol: – Most commonly used as a lubricant or emollient. These alcohols aren’t drying to the skin.

Almond: – Most products add almond kernels to act as a gentle scrub for your skin. It removes dead skin cells and helps clean dirt out of the pores.

Aloe: – This is very typical in beauty products as its known for its healing and soothing properties. Aloe juice is also very beneficial for the skin.

Camphor: – This comes from the wood of the camphor tree and is known for its soothing properties.

Coconut Oil: – This oil is best known for its lubricating, soothing and cleansing properties. It is mainly found in shampoos or soaps.

Collagen: – This is best known for assisting in the elasticity of your skin. The collagen that is found in cosmetics actually comes from animals.

Formaldehyde: – This is basically just a gas found in products that acts as a preservative and disinfectant.

Glycerine: – This comes from animal fats and is used as an emollient.

Laureth: – This is the emollient that comes from coconut oil.

Oleic Acid: – This is a fatty acid that comes from olives.

Seaweed: – We all know what seaweed is but it is used to thicken some cosmetics and products.

Soy Oil: – This comes from the soybean and is included in moisturizers and conditioners.

Talc: – Talc is a soft mineral that is usually used to make talcum powder. It is also used in cosmetics such as powders to help with coverage.

Urea: – This is a compound that can be formed in the body but can also be made as a synthetic version..

Witch Hazel: – Witch Hazel comes from the witch hazel shrub but is also mixed with alcohol to give it cleansing properties.

Zinc Oxide: – This is a white coloured powder added to cosmetics for pigment.

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