Mineral makeup has become a mainstream must have. This mineral concept may seem like a healthier alternative to other cosmetics, but take a look at the ingredients. Though mainstream mineral makeup companies constantly use phrases such as "with natural botanicals" or “mineral based” to market the product as a healthier product, what are you really getting?
Recent UK studies advise of strong health risks when using Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) in nanoparticle form in powdered mineral makeup. These inhaled TiO2 nanoparticles coming in contact with living tissue have a similar effect as asbestos and could cause lung cancer.
However, TiO2 is safe when contained in cream form as it cannot then become airborne. This is typically the case in sun screens. In cream form, TiO2 stays on the upper layers of the skin and does not come in contact with living tissue.
Titanium Dioxide is often used in cream form in products to provide all-natural mineral-based sun protection. It is not used in powered form. TiO2 particles in products are a larger size (not a nanoparticle) and is additionally coated with stearic acid to further prevent interaction with living tissue.
Before you go grabbing for the first “Mineral” makeup you find, make sure to check the ingredients first. Just because the label says mineral, doesn’t mean the product doesn’t contain potentially dangerous fillers. To help you make sure you’re getting the best ingredients in your makeup, we’ve put together a checklist.
An excellent study was published in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology: Nanoparticles - known and unknown health risks