Looking for makeup trends and popular beauty products, one can see that everybody is talking about mineral makeup. It’s like a boom in beauty product industry and there is more than 60 beauty products companies whose products are based on mineral ingredients. It is nothing new however. Mineral makeup exists over 30 years now but only recently it becomes an extremely popular style of makeup, especially among those with sensitive skin and skin problems like acne and rose, post-surgical/post-chemical peel skin, or those with any inflammatory skin conditions.
So if you consider to trying mineral makeup for the first time or totally switch to one then here is what you should know about it.
Not all mineral makeup is the same, types of minerals and quality differ widely. Mineral based makeup products are considered those made mostly or completely of all natural, finely ground minerals from the earth, without any of the chemicals, dyes, and preservatives found in traditional beauty products. The main ingredients are minerals such as mica, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide (which have been primary components of most makeup products for decades). Mica is a reflective mineral that gives your skin a creamy, smooth, natural looking finish while diminishing the signs of aging by reflecting light away from wrinkles. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide block the sun physically giving a natural SPF of 15. These ingredients does not absorb into the skin like many chemical sunscreens, thus making it great for those with sensitive skin. Also they are both known anti-inflammatory agents. Iron oxides are used as colorants in mineral makeup. Some types of mineral makeup also contain bismuth oxychloride, also a mineral but not a natural one. Rather, it is a byproduct of copper and lead processing. It is used in makeup, both traditional and mineral, because it gives the makeup a silky feel and good adhesion, which helps it stay on your skin. FDA approved toxin-free bismuth oxychloride for use in products for the face, eyes, lips and nails, but you should be aware that it can cause serious skin irritation. Also it is a well known fact that 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body. So be very careful and read labels on beauty products. Look for products that contain only all natural minerals when you are buying mineral makeup. Mineral makeup is very finely ground – sometimes until the minerals are actually nanoparticles – in order to provide a smooth, velvety and seamless appearance. Ingredients are not nanonized, and not small enough to penetrate through the skin layers. When absorbed, these particles become toxic and pathogenic.
Mineral makeup products are considered purer and kinder to the skin, while providing natural sun protection, long lasting color and healthy-looking radiant glow. Mineral makeup’s texture is lighter and different, your skin can breathe. It does not clog pores and does not aggravate acne. But some say the colors have an ashy undertone that is a particular problem for ethnic skin types. Some dermatologists think that pure mineral makeup can even have therapeutic value for your skin so they claim it’s better to wear it than not to wear makeup at all. Some have gone too far claiming it is beneficial for skin if your wear it over night while you sleep.
And while mineral makeup comes in a variety of forms undoubtedly the most popular in all price ranges are the loose powder foundations and blushes, both of which are applied with a large, fluffy brush and literally buff away the years as they are applied.
source: Mineral Makeup Products