Mineral make up is becoming increasing popular. More and more brands every day are starting to release mineral makeup lines. But what is mineral makeup? And is it really better than normal makeup for your skin?
Mineral makeup definition
Mineral makeup is made only from naturally occurring minerals (like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and mica) that are finely crushed and milled.
Is mineral makeup really all natural?
Because it is created with minerals found in nature, mineral makeup is touted to be all natural. Pure mineral make up doesn’t contain oils, preservatives, fragrances, alcohol, talc and dyes. However, the regulations for what constitutes mineral makeup is not very clear and therefore, any products containing minerals as a primary ingredient, even if it contains preservatives and other chemicals, can be marketed as mineral makeup.
Mineral make is created with very little ingredients so that it is natural and less likely to cause negative reactions. However, some ingredients are causing concerns.
Bismuth Oxichloride, an artificial mineral used to bind or bulk up products and to give a radiant glow, can make your skin itchy, red, bloatchy and, in large amounts, cause cystic acne.
Mica, another ingredient used to give your skin a glowy appearance, can cause breakouts.
Pure mineral makeup is good for skin because, being final milled, it is not comedogenic and won’t clog your pores. It is also especially good for people with sensitive skin as it doesn’t contain chemicals that irritate the skin.
Mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, who are the best two sunscreen ingredients as they protect from both UVA and UVB rays. However, they are used in powder forms and can easily be brushed off. While mineral makeup offers some UV protection, you should always apply sunscreen before makeup.
Mineral makeup is light but you can achieve full coverage layering on the powder until you get the effect you want.
These products come in loose powders form and are usually applied with a kabuki or large fluffly brush. First, cleanse and moisturize your face. Then, swirl the brush in the cap and tap off any excess powder. Apply it in a circular downward motion starting from the center of your face.
The messy factor
Mineral make up are loose powders that come in jars and can therefore be very messy. Loose powders can spill everywhere and are hard to travel with.
Is mineral makeup really better for your skin?
Mineral make up works very well for some people, while others report breakouts and irritation. Mineral makeup is not all the same. Different brands use different ingredients and formulations, so you just need to experiment until you find the right products that work for you.
So you use mineral makeup? If so, what do you think of it?