Cosmetic Ingredient Safety


We all want to be healthy, and we all know that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our bodies. But with so many options out there, how can you know which products are safe and effective? In this article I'll explore the different types of makeup (organic, mineral-based) and discuss their pros and cons. I'll also talk about whether or not they're actually better for your skin than conventional cosmetics.

Are natural and organic makeup ingredients truly safer and better for your skin?

The natural cosmetics market has grown at a rapid pace in the past decade, and while many people are drawn to these products because they believe they are better for their skin, this isn't always the case. Many natural ingredients used to make makeup can be just as toxic as synthetic ingredients—and some even more so!

For example, bergamot oil (a naturally occurring substance derived from a plant in the mint family) is known to cause skin irritations and allergic reactions when applied topically. Although some synthetic ingredients have been linked with cancer risk over time (i.e. Talc), so you're on the right track seeking Gemma Vendetta Cosmetics, as my products are formulated without Talc, especially. Additionally, all manner of cosmetic ingredients may pose serious health risks if not properly stored or handled according to manufacturers' instructions.

The bottom line: what we do know from decades of research done by reputable institutions around the world is that everything we put into our bodies should be treated like medicine; this means reading labels carefully before purchasing any new product and making sure each one contains what it says it does on its label without any additional additives lurking inside (more about reading labels later).

Does mineral makeup actually protect the skin from sun damage?

Mineral makeup does not protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation. It is not a sunscreen, nor is it a sunblock.

Although mineral makeup contains many of the same ingredients found in chemical sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, these minerals are only effective at blocking visible light rays and cannot make up for an SPF (sun protection factor) rating. Sunscreens are tightly regulated globally, and rightly so. The formulations need to be tested for their SPF Human in-vivo trials, prior to sale to consumers.

What are the main ingredients in mineral makeup?

Mineral makeup ingredients are micronised minerals. This means that they have been finely ground and reduced to the size of a micron. The smaller you can make your particle size, the better you will be able to cover blemishes and fine lines with makeup. Mineral makeup is also naturally derived, which goes hand-in-hand with its natural composition and appearance on the skin. It's easy to see why mineral makeups are popular: they're gentle on your skin, which makes them a great choice for those who suffer from sensitive skin conditions like rosacea or eczema.

Natural Ingredients in Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup also contains ingredients that are pH balanced for optimal use by human skin cells—and this is another reason why these products work so well for many different types of people! In addition to being non-comedogenic (meaning they don't clog up pores), all mineral makeups are 100% non-toxic and free of irritants such as fragrance oils or talc fillers that could potentially cause allergic reactions in some users.[2]

What are the main ingredients in organic makeup products?

Organic makeup products contain a variety of ingredients, including:

  • Natural ingredients, such as plant oils, fruits and vegetables

  • Minerals like iron oxides and titanium dioxide (which are also used in non-organic cosmetics)

  • Plant waxes such as jojoba and beeswax

Because organic makeup is made from all-natural ingredients, it doesn't contain any preservatives or artificial colours. Organic makeup also contains no petroleum-based ingredients.

Finally, unlike products that are tested on animals or genetically modified (GMO), organic products are guaranteed to be free of both those things—and that makes them safe for your skin!

What is the best hypoallergenic foundation or concealer for sensitive skin?

When shopping for a hypoallergenic foundation or concealer, it’s important to consider what ingredients could be irritating your sensitive skin. It’s also good to look at the ingredients in products you already use as a comparison.

  • Choose a fragrance-free product. You might think that scented products are better for sensitive skin, but this isn't necessarily true. Fragrance may contain several chemicals (which are legally allowed to be excluded from cosmetic labelling, as long as they're named 'Parfum') that can cause irritation and allergic reactions in those with sensitive complexions, so opting for an unscented option is your best bet.

  • Look at the ingredient list first. Most brands will provide their product's ingredients list on their website or packaging; if not, ask them directly! If the brand doesn't provide their ingredients list, I wonder what they may be trying to hide? Look through these lists carefully and see if any common irritants or allergens are listed—if they are, try another brand of hypoallergenic foundation or concealer instead!

How do you find a good hypoallergenic and acne-prone skincare product?

If you're looking for a good hypoallergenic and acne-prone skincare product, here's what to look for:

  • Look for products that are labelled "hypoallergenic." These products can be helpful if your skin is sensitive or easily irritated.

  • Look for products that are labelled "non-comedogenic." This means they won't clog pores and cause breakouts because they don't contain ingredients that have been known to cause acne (e.g., mineral oil).

  • Look for products that are labelled "fragrance-free." Fragrance often contains chemicals that may irritate your skin or trigger allergies.

  • Look for products that are labelled "mineral oil-free" or "silicone/dimethicone free" These ingredients may clog pores and cause breakouts on normal skin types, but even more so in those with sensitive, oily, or acne-prone complexions


The truth is that there are more options on the market than ever before. There are brands whose business ethos' prefer natural, nature-identical and naturally derived ingredients over synthetic/GMO. Do your research, always patch test if you're unsure. Focus on finding a product that works well for your skin type and needs. And if you're still unsure, there are many qualified and educated Formulators, Future Cosmetic Chemists, Hairdressers and Makeup Artists that would love to help you on your journey. Including this one! ^_^

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