Bismuth Oxychloride

Bismuth oxychloride is a natural ingredient found in the majority of mineral cosmetics.It is the main irritant in some brands of mineral cosmetics. Though a natural by-product, bismuth oxychloride often causes itching, rashes, and mild to severe cystic acne. This is extremely unfortunate, since many women are attracted to mineral cosmetics due to their reputation for being good for sensitive skin. If you have had a reaction to mineral cosmetics in the past, it is likely because of the bismuth oxychloride in the product. Afterglow Cosmetics understands your need for a mineral cosmetic without irritating ingredients like bismuth oxychloride, which is why none of Afterglow’s products contain this ingredient.

Bismuth oxychloride is not an ingredient you find very often in natural circumstances. It is a by-product of copper and lead refinement and can also be found on the periodic table. What may surprise you is that bismuth oxychloride chemically resembles arsenic and antimony. It is also considered a heavy metal. Cosmetically, bismuth oxychloride is considered a pearlizing agent and produces a high shine. In addition, when applied to the skin as a foundation, bismuth oxychloride often has an unnatural glowy finish. Many women find this strange ‘glowy’ finish unappealing. Bismuth oxychloride also has a very soft, almost slippery feel.


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