Is Glitter make-up good or bad for your skin? This million dollar question has been plaguing the cosmetics industry for ages but till now there is no definite answer to it. There are a whole lot of variables that need to be considered – the type of glitter you use, where it is being used and in what state it is in makeup. An analysis of all these three will partly help in inching closer to a judgement.
The glitter that is commonly used in cosmetics is made from PET plastic and aluminium. Sheets made of these materials are dyed in various colours and then ground into very fine particles that are rounded and without sharp edges that might scratch or irritate the skin. A word of caution here, if glitter is rubbed deeply on the skin there is a definite possibility of rashes and abrasions and that may look really bad once you take off the makeup.
If this happens, you have to use soft and mild gel based glitter till your skin heals. Better still, avoid makeup during this period. Another option is to opt for specialised treatment of skin rejuvenation and microdermabrasion on state of the art IPL machines at top end beauty salons. This will leave your skin fresh and sparkling again.
However, this is not as simple as it sounds. Only the best of treatments should do for you since it pertains to your skin and looks. Clinics that have installed equipment from Australian Aesthetic Devices have an edge over others. This is because this firm imports and distributes the latest technologically advanced machines that guarantees safety and performance.
The sizes of glitter too matter a lot and are not uniform. It depends on the type of cosmetics it is to be used in. Those that are to be applied around the eyes are finer while those used to highlight cheekbones are bigger in size.
Opinions differ on glitter. The European Union (EU) is not officially against the use of glitter in cosmetics as it considers harm from glitter as very negligible. The FDA does not approve of glitter and considers it to be a non-approved colour additive. Hence, technically speaking, sale of cosmetics in the USA is not legal.
Mica is another substance that replicates the look of glitter and is widely used in cosmetics too. But it is to be remembered that mica is a mineral and must be used with caution. Cosmetics with mica especially in powders give a matte look and are therefore a much preferred option for mature ladies. However, these are extremely small particles and can cause respiratory problems if inhaled. This is why experts suggest that such cosmetics and powders be applied with a long handled applicator and any excess powder be shaken off away from the body.
To ensure that glitter does not cause harm, always use it with a gel or a gloss or an adhesive. Loose glitter applied directly on skin can cause scratches if not tempered with a semi-liquid substance.
The question of whether glitter make-up is good or bad for your skin therefore remains unsolved. It depends solely on the mode of application and the type of glitter being used.