Nowadays bismuth oxychloride is often added to most mineral make up products. However people become more and more conscious of the cosmetics which they are putting onto their skin and most of them wonder what is bismuth oxychloride and why it is included in most famous brands of mineral cosmetics.
What is Bismuth Oxychloride?
Bismuth oxychloride is achieved through the combinations of bismuth and salt.
Bismuth is a by-product of lead and copper refining. It can be rarely found in nature. This element is very heavy and chemically resembles arsenic and antimony.
It has a whitish/iridescent hue and extreme shine property to it.
The components of bismuth are used in everything from detection work, to making acrylic fibers, to safety devices in fire detection and extinguishing items, soldering, magnets and medicine and also in cosmetics manufacturing.
Most cosmetic companies add this element to their products because it is a cheap filler. It has no binding qualities which means that the make up will «stick» well to your skin.
There are two varieties of this type of mineral make up: shiny and pearlescent. Due to this ingredient the cosmetics becomes more refractive which is beneficial for camouflaging fine lines, wrinkles and discolorations.
If you apply cosmetics containing bismuth oxychloride you will notice a shiny look after the application. It won't look like oiliness it wil add shimmer to your face. This shimmery is achieved due to the bismuth oxychloride in your make up.
Because of that this element is heavy some people find it difficult to wear this make up. You may need to force it into your pores because it can slide off the face. The heaviness of this make up can clog pores or cause skin irritation. The manufacturers of mineral make up who don't use bismuth oxychlorie in their cosmetics create a lighter feeling make up which blends into your skin better.
The Problems Connected with the Use of Bismuth Oxychloride in Mineral Make up
This element has a cristalline shape in its molecular form which may cause itchiness when you wear it. Many women also state that they exprerience noticeable itching when they sweat.
So, if your mineral make up has bismuth oxychloride as the ingredient and you are experiencing some skin problems with it, you should consider switching brands and give the preference to cosmetics which are 100% bismuth free.