Both makeup professionals and many “girls next-door” love the look and feel of mineral powder makeup. Unlike other facial powders, mineral powder makeup is milled hundreds of times making it soft almost invisible. When you sweep it on, you can see the difference too! Because it looks and feels so luxurious many people are willing to spend a little bit more for the mineral powder makeup label. However, here’s the question-is that mineral makeup really good for you and your skin?
Let’s talk about what is and what is not in your mineral makeup. According to Web MD, mineral makeup ingredients are “Not simply mined, pulverized and then poured into compacts. Zinc oxide is synthesized in laboratories. Titanium dioxide, another mineral makeup mainstay, starts out with natural titanium but it also goes through a process of extraction and purification in a lab.”
That said, quality mineral makeup offers your skin substantial sunscreen protection. For example, ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide block the sun and create an even application of makeup on almost any skin surface. In a recent article published in the American Academy of Dermatology Dr. Joshua Zeichner wrote, “Mineral-based makeup, which can provide good coverage without clogging pores. Heavier concealers also can mask dark or red spots.” A quick trip down the pharmacy aisle and you’ll find mineral makeup for your face, eyes, cheeks and even as a contour and highlighter.
If you were to shop for mineral makeup by ingredients look for these:
- Titanium dioxide: This product protects your skin from the sun, reflects light creating a smooth surface. The result? Great skin coverage and it clings to your skin effortlessly.
- Zinc oxide: another big sun protector, zinc oxide also calms, red, itchy, irritated skin and is great for women with skin conditions like eczema and rosacea
- Serecite mica: Another light reflector, serecite mica hides enlarged pores and those pesky fine lines. It is a popular ingredient for mineral eyeshadows because this ingredient keeps the powder in place longer without clogging pores.
- Magnesium silicate hydroxide: Also known as talc, this ingredient gives your favorite mineral makeup product that silky, smooth feeling.
- Silica: If you have oily skin, then you need to try mineral makeup that contains silica–an ingredient that controls oil.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of must-have ingredients but the most popular products do contain these.
Truthfully, the best thing about mineral makeup is what is not in it– it’s what’s missing. Quality mineral makeup is manufactured minus all the preservatives, chemical and parabens that can make you sick. If you want to improve the look and feel of your skin, try mineral powder products.