It is likely that you’ve noticed new skincare and cosmetic companies popping up with all natural and organic products. Of course, all though this may be advertised, it does not necessarily make this true. That is where consumer education comes in, and why it is so important.
This article will focus on Mineral Makeup. After learning about mineral makeup, ingredients that go into it, and the skin benefits, you can decide if this is the right choice for your skin.
What Is Mineral Makeup?
Mineral makeup is designed from all naturally occurring products. It is often recommended by dermatologists to women with sensitive skin, rosacea, post operative, laser and other procedures because of its intrinsic skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a powder makeup of finely milled minerals. It can provide very sheer or very opaque coverage, depending on the formulation and application. However, it still allows natural skin radiance to show through, so you don’t get the dreaded mask look. It is typically free of fragrance and preservatives. Minerals cannot feed bacteria, so there is no danger of spoilage, thus it needs no preservatives. It does not go bad. It is very good for oily skin because it has several oil- absorbing components.
It is usually applied with a brush, and typically buffed into the skin. This technique forces the makeup into your pores, which is never a good thing. A technique that works with better quality mineral makeup (as we will discuss further on) is dusting the makeup on, instead of buffing. If brushes irritate your skin, you can also use a non-latex or flocked sponge. Application can be done either wet or dry.
What Are The Ingredients?
Learning what is in your makeup will give you the ability to choose what will meet your needs best. Below are ingredients you will most likely come across.
- Titanium Dioxide- A white natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory agent. It is highly reflect, with only a diamond being higher, and thus minimizes fine lines and some skin discolorations
- Zinc Oxide- A natural sunscreen providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
- Sericite- A colorless mica that can be used to cut the opacity of Titanium Dioxide and also works as an oil absorber
- Cornstarch/ Rice Powder- Cosmetic grade- An oil humectant (draws oil out of the pores). Can make acne worse as it is a source of food for bacteria
- Kaolin Clay- Natural oil-absorption
- Mica- Natural glitter, provides shimmer and sparkle
- Iron Oxides- Natural pigment- very opaque. Used for tinting cosmetics
Ingredients To Avoid
- The ingredients are also common, but can cause problems so are best to avoid
- Talc/ Various Powders- Common fillers- can cause respiratory problems
- FD&C Dyes- Derived from coal tar
- Bismuth Oxychloride- Known skin irritant- causes itching, rashes and breakouts. Especially prevalent when the wearer sweats
- Ferric Ferrocyanide- Controversial because of its suspected toxicity
- Carmine- Crushed beetles
What Brand Should I Buy?
If you’re familiar with mineral makeup, it’s likely that you’ve seen the infomercials. Conducting research you’ll find these companies use controversial ingredients, and charge quite a bit for their products.
Several good mineral makeup developers provide excellent products at affordable prices, in addition to superior customer experience. Product samples are offered. Larger companies generally do not offer these incentives. Utilizing samples will give consumers the luxury of trying makeup (unlike in the drugstore!) for a fraction of the cost or free prior to making the decision to buy it. Samples are not packaged with expensive advertising that generally is included in the cost point. Savings are passed on to you if fancy doesn’t consume your buying decision.
As we become more aware of our environment and more aware of the products that we are putting into and onto our bodies, natural and homeopathic products are taking the cosmetic industry by storm.