Mineral Makeup Really Good for your Skin?
Discovered in the late 70's, mineral
makeup has only recently started gaining popularity in the
cosmetics world. One of the most famous claims regarding
mineral makeup is that it is actually good for your skin. Is
there any truth to this claim? Read on and find out.
First of all - what is mineral makeup? Mineral makeup is made
from naturally-occuring crushed minerals, usually zinc oxide,
titanium dioxide, iron oxides and mica. These loose minerals
are combined together in different quantities to make a variety
of mineral makeup powder formulations such as foundations,
finishing powders, concealers, blushers, bronzers and eye
shadows. The minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in
particular, act as a natural sunblock, effectively filtering
UVA and UVB rays to deliver sun protection of up to SPF 20.
Mineral makeup is free of irritants like perfumes,
preservatives (such as parabens), alcohols and dyes. Many
traditional makeup brands use synthetic FD&C dyes in their
products - however, these dyes have been identified as the one
of the leading causes of allergic reactions in makeup. Most
mineral makeup lines do not use synthetic dyes, instead, the
colors are derived from naturally-occuring iron oxide pigments.
All this makes mineral makeup very suitable for people with
sensitive skin. In fact, mineral makeup has even been used
after surgical procedures like laser peels, when skin is at its
However, not all mineral makeup lines are completely free of
chemical irritants. Some brands use the bismuth oxychloride,
which can be very irritating on the skin. Bismuth oxychloride
is a mineral that is used in some major mineral makeup lines
because it imparts a shimmery look to their makeup, and is a
cheap filler. Bismuth oxychloride is also heavy, hence the need
to 'buff' or force it into your skin. Mineral makeup lines that
do not use bismuth oxychloride tend to be lighter in texture
and easier to apply.
Mineral makeup can also be good for acne sufferers. By its very
nature, mineral cosmetics are non-comedogenic, oil-free,
anti-inflammatory and cannot harbor bacteria, which means that
acne blemishes can be covered or concealed without further
aggravating them. Mineral makeup will not necessarily cure
acne, but skin has a much better chance of healing while
wearing it, compared to traditional makeup. Many have also
reported that they have fallen asleep wearing their mineral
makeup without suffering any breakouts the following day. In
fact, some mineral makeup lines even have mineral night-time
treatments, which are specially-formulated mineral powders that
you can wear every night to improve your skin. A good excuse to
wear makeup to bed?
Crucially, mineral makeup avoids the use of talc, a known
carcinogen found in a lot of traditional makeup. There are also
no petrochemicals or coal-derived ingredients, common in a lot
of traditional makeup. As you can see, the ingredient listing
in say, a mineral foundation is much shorter compared to a
traditional liquid foundation.
The positive claims of mineral makeup cannot be applied to all
mineral makeup brands or all people. Some will have different
reactions compared to others. It is always good to research
first before you buy.
About the Author:
Erin Kelley writes for
beauty and health E-Zine. She recommends Earthnicity Minerals mineral cosmetics, which is free of parabens,
preservatives, fragrances, alcohol,mineral oil and bismuth