Mineral makeup was originally created to be safer, lighter, and more natural than other kinds of makeup. But is mineral makeup really better?
The most common questions about mineral makeup are the same as for most natural cosmetics:
Is mineral makeup safer?
Does it work as well as it’s supposed to?
What Do The Experts Say?
Skin care experts, makeup artists and cosmetologists don’t agree on whether or not mineral makeup is all it’s cracked up to be. No wonder there’s so much to think about!
Some say it’s worth the price because it’s gentle on the skin, and gives the best finish without the ill effects. Others say it is drying and collects in fine lines and wrinkles..
You need to find the right type of mineral makeup for your unique skin type and color. They are not all the same!
What is Mineral Makeup?
You might be surprised to hear that all makeup is mineral makeup! Whether you’re talking about foundation (which is what most people think of when they hear the term “mineral makeup”), eyeshadow, or blush, most types of makeup have mineral ingredients. Some as pigment or binding agents. The minerals used can include:
Not convinced? Pull any random makeup product from your bag and check out the ingredients. More than likely that you’ll find at LEAST one of these minerals listed.
What’s usually meant by the term “mineral makeup” are powder-based products, especially when it comes to foundation. It’s really about what’s not in the product! Any mineral makeup brand worth their salt will be free from harmful ingredients, such as:
Synthetic dyes and colors
Petroleum based mineral oil
Good riddance! Products without these ingredients are better for you and the environment! They are much better for your skin, too. Since you’re wearing makeup to improve your appearance in the first place–choose products that don’t damage your skin!
Benefits of Mineral Makeup
The benefits of mineral makeup include light coverage, easy application, and sun protection.
Mineral makeup coverage is light. You’ll love it if you don’t want the goopy, heavy feel of liquid foundation.
It’s quick and easy to apply:
Dip the appropriate brush into the powder.
Gently tap the excess away.
Sweep it over your face or eyelids.
Mineral ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are effective at blocking out UV rays. These minerals physically block out the sun preventing skin damage and sunburn.
Downsides of Using Mineral Makeup
People with sensitive skin may have a reaction to certain types of mineral makeup. The culprit may be an ingredient called bismuth chloride. It’s added for a “pearly” or iridescent finish.
If you have dark spots or severe discoloration, mineral foundation may not be “heavy” enough.
The Bottom Line When It Comes to Mineral Makeup
Now that mineral makeup is more popular, there are many “spins” on it. Some companies are adding toxic and petroleum-based ingredients into their formulations.
Just because the label says “mineral makeup” does not mean it is a true, pure mineral makeup – or safer!
Always look at the ingredients list of any product you buy. A good rule of thumb is to look for a short list. The shorter the list, the more pure it will probably be.
Give mineral makeup a try if you are looking for:
bright, bold pops of color with your eyeshadow or blush.
a bit of natural sun protection
an easy way to even out skin tones
a light “barely there” feel
If that’s you, give it a shot! There are plenty of brands to choose from.
By the way – the myth saying it’s OK to sleep in your mineral makeup? Not so fast! Take 2 minutes to clean your skin. Your skin will love you – and you will like what you see in the mirror in the morning so much better! If you want seriously fast and easy, check out ibody science skin solution towelettes. Remove makeup, cleanse and moisturize in one simple step. Then rest easy!