Chances are you pay more attention to your body and skin in summer, given the warm conditions and the desire to look perfect during your endeavours. However, when it comes to winter, you become lazy and hide the dullness of your skin under those layers of thick jackets, pants and scarfs. Well, this does not have to be the case and we all know how important healthy skin in regards to overall well-being. In this post, we are going to discuss a few things you can do to make your skin look and feel great during those cold months.
Has it ever crossed your mind how your makeup is made? There is no doubt that there is big business in cosmetics. Here in North America, we are spending around 35 billion each and every year on our foundation, mascara, lipstick and the list goes on. There is no doubt that when it comes to the heart of artifice, money is to be made. However, in former days, the popular use of mercury and lead in makeup means that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to play a role in ensuring that cosmetics are safe and pure. In today’s world, manufacturers use ingredients that have a safety factor for contact with humans.
So how is great makeup made?Initially, the big expectation of consumers is consistency. When a consumer uses the last swipes of their ‘Coffee Shimmer lipstick they expect the shade to be just the same as the first swipes. Of course, when a consumer purchases makeup they take many factors into account. How long does it last? Will it run? Will it look fresh or rub off easily? To meet all of these high expectations, manufacturers have spent many years coming up with formulas, which they guard carefully. They have also invested a significant amount into equipment, which can produce cosmetics that are safe, well blended and offer colour, scent, and ingredient mix consistency.
How Do Manufacturers Make Foundation?Let’s start with the art of foundation making. Dry and mineral-based foundations are on the market; however, liquid foundation tends to be the most familiar. Oils and pigments start the process, as well as a potential fragrance, they are mixed extremely well with air operated diaphragm pumps. What we could call the ‘blending well’ part of the process is where the need for the right equipment comes into play. So that the product is smooth and consistent when it comes to colour and texture all of the ingredients, need to be blended in a way, which is far more complex than that of a household appliance. In fact, some products, which we have on the market today, are only available thanks to advanced submicron processing. In this process, the particles are made very small. Quadro Liquids is an example of excelling at this technology. Taking into account the expected final product, manufacturers will use various sophisticated machines to carry out the mixing and perform complex tasks, such as:
- The production of stable emulsions
- The hydration of suspending and thickening agents
- The disintegration of solids
- The mixing of stabilisers, rheology modifiers and thickeners
- The dissolution of powders
- The blending of liquids which have a variety of viscosities.