As we become more cognizant of the environment and our connection to it and about the products we put into and on our bodies, natural and organic products are taking the cosmetic industry by storm.
It’s highly likely that you’re noticing on the TV, the magazines and the internet all the skin care and cosmetic companies touting their “natural” and “organic” products. As you can imagine, just because they say so does not make it accurate. You as a consumer are entitled to be educated when it comes to cosmetics and skin care products.
This article deals specifically with mineral makeup. After learning what mineral cosmetics are and what ingredients are in it and what the benefits are, you can decide if mineral cosmetics is right for you.
Mineral makeup is simply made from rocks! It was originally recommend by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to women that had sensitive skin, rosacea and were recovering from plastic surgery because of it’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Originally it was powder that was finely milled minerals. Mineral makeup can provide very opaque or very sheer coverage, depending on how it is formulated and applied. Your face will not have that mask look because mineral makeup allows the natural radiance of the skin to show through. Normally it is free of preservatives and fragrances. Bacteria can not grow in minerals, so there is not a danger of spoilage, meaning no preservatives. It will not go bad. Mineral makeup is also very good for oily skin because it has many oil-absorbing components.
What are the ingredients of mineral makeup?
This is the most important part. Learning what ingredients are in mineral cosmetics will give you the ability to choose what meets your needs best. The following are the ingredients you normally will find in most mineral foundations
Titanium Dioxide – A white natural sunscreen and normally anti-inflammatory. It is very reflective with only the diamond being more reflective, minimizing lines and some skin discoloration.
Zinc Oxide – A natural sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
Iron Oxides- A natural pigment which is very opaque. It is used for tinting cosmetics
Mica – A natural glitter that provides shimmer and sparkle.
Sericite – A colorless mica that is used to lessen the opacity of titanium dioxide and also acts to absorb oil.
Corn starch – Cosmetic Grade – An oil humectant and can make acne worse as it is a source of food for bacteria.
Kaolin Clay – A natural oil absorber
Ingredients You Should Avoid
Ferric Ferrocyanide – Controversial because it is suspected to be toxic by some.
Bismuth Oxychloride – A known skin irritant, which causes itching, rashes and breakouts, especially when worn while sweating.
FD&C Dyes – Derived from coal tar
Carmine – crushed beetles
Talc – Common fillers that can cause respiratory problems
What brand is best for me?
If you are familiar with mineral makeup you’ve probably seen many of the infomercials. If you research deeper, you will find that many of these companies use some of the controversial ingredients and charge a lot for an inferior product.
There are many good mineral makeup companies that manufacture and provide a superior product at a more affordable price as well as superior customer experience. Many of the smaller companies which many of the larger ones do not. You can try the makeup for a fraction of the cost before you buy it. They do not have expensive packaging and advertising and therefore the savings are passed on to you.
About the Author
Alden Whytte has been involved in the creation of many health, beauty and consumer products. Not all mineral makeups are created equal. Make sure you purchase and use the ones that not only make you beautiful, but are the best for your skin. Liquid mineral make up is gaining ground because it is less mess and many women would prefer to use a liquid foundation. Visit http://mineralmakeup.name to learn more about new liquid mineral makeup options.