Natural beauty through mineral makeup.As we become more aware of our surroundings and more aware of the products we put into our bodies, natural and homeopathic products are taking the cosmetic industry by storm.
Chances are you’ve noticed new cosmetics and skin care companies springing up offering “all-natural” and “organic” products. Of course, just because they say they are doesn’t mean it’s necessarily true. This is where consumer education comes in and why it is so important.
The title of this article is “Mineral Makeup”. After learning what mineral makeup is, the products it uses, and its benefits, you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.
What is mineral makeup?
Mineral makeup is made from all-natural products. It is often recommended by dermatologists for women with sensitive skin, rosacea, after surgery, laser and other procedures due to its inherent soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is a powder makeup of finely ground minerals. It can provide great coverage or very matte coverage, depending on the formulation and application. However, it still allows the skin to naturally glow, so you don’t get the dreaded “mask” look. It is usually free of fragrance and preservatives.
Minerals can’t feed bacteria, so there’s no risk of spoilage, so it doesn’t need preservatives. Not bad. It is great for oily skin as it contains some oil-absorbing ingredients.
It is usually applied with a brush and is often shown to “polish” into the skin. This technique forces makeup into your pores, which is never a good thing. One technique that works with higher quality mineral makeup (which we’ll talk about later) is to “dust” the makeup instead of “polish” it.
If the brush irritates your skin, you can also use a latex-free sponge or sponge. Application can be done wet or dry.
What are the ingredients?
This is the most important part. Figuring out what’s in your makeup will give you the flexibility to choose what will best suit your needs.
These are the ingredients that you will most likely come across. • Titanium Dioxide – Natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory agent.
It is highly reflective, with only one diamond being higher, and thus minimizes fine lines and some skin discoloration.
• Zinc Oxide – Natural sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
• Sericite – A colorless mica that can be used to reduce the opacity of titanium dioxide and also functions as an oil absorbent.
• Corn Starch / Rice Flour – Cosmetic Grade – Oil humectant (pulls oil out of pores). May aggravate acne as it is a food source for bacteria.
• Kaolin Clay – Absorbs natural oils.
• Mica – natural “glitter”. Provides shine and shine.
• Iron oxide – Natural colorant – very cloudy. Used to color cosmetics.
Ingredients to Avoid
These ingredients are also common, but can cause problems, so it’s best to avoid them.
• Talc / Miscellaneous powder – Common filler – can cause breathing problems.
• FDandC Dyes – Derived from coal tar.
• Bismuth Oxychloride – Known Skin Irritant – causes itching, rash and hives. Especially in vogue when the wearer sweats.
• Ferric Ferrocyanide – Controversial due to its toxicity.
• Carmine- Beetle.
Which brand should I buy?
Well, if you’re familiar with mineral makeup, chances are you’ve been through the web. Upon further research, you will find that these companies use controversial ingredients and charge quite high fees for their products.
There are several good mineral makeup companies that offer a much better product at a more affordable price, along with a superior customer experience.
They also offer templates that the big companies don’t offer.
You’ll be able to try on makeup (unlike at the drugstore!) for a fraction of the price before you buy.
They have no ads or expensive packaging to pay for, so the savings are usually passed on to you. Did you find this article helpful? For more helpful tips, advice, points to ponder and keep in mind,