What's in Mineral Makeup?
Minerals such as iron oxides, talc, zinc oxide, mica, bismuth oxychloride and titanium dioxide are micronized, or ground and milled, into tiny particles to create makeup. The minerals are not all necessarily from mines or unrefined (titanium dioxide, for example, needs to be refined to be usable on our skin). What makes mineral makeup different from traditional makeup isn't the ingredients it contains but what’s left out.
You will find that most of the leading mineral make-ups do not have parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes or other additives that can either irritate sensitive skin or potentially cause breakouts. Mineral products are also preservative-free and often also fragrance-free, the two top irritants in make-up according to many dermatologists.
Mineral-only makeup also binds to oils rather than water. This is why, if applied correctly on the right skin type, it creates a very clean look and ample coverage on your skin.
The ads will tell you it looks completely natural. I think I’ve also heard “like your own skin, only better.” Not so fast …
These powders can be applied sheer, but the very nature of their ingredients results in a textured application that can look powdery and "made-up", so use a light handed approach. This is especially true if you have any dry patches on the skin because these mineral powders exacerbate dryness and flaking. They are also not a best friend to wrinkles, where the powder can gather.
For those whose skin is very oily, mineral makeup can eventually pool in pores and look thick and layered just like any powder can. Generally speaking, mineral makeup is best for normal to slightly oily skin.
So Many Health Benefits
It’s soothing, clears your skin and has SPF built right in! Maybe, not really and technically yes.
In order of the claims:
The Choice is Yours
By no means are we against mineral make-up, nor do we think it's for everybody. Many of us here at Tierra Mia Organics use it. However, make-up trends such as these can often be seen as a one-size-fits-all solution. We all have different skin types and that requires finding what is best for your skin. And please, read your labels. Know what is and what isn't good for you - or for that matter - anyone.
We care about you and we care about the health of your skin. The information available about mineral make-up is extensive and this is a very condensed overview. If you have any specific questions please contact us here.
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