Mineral Make up
Mineral make up has become very popular over the last few years with more and more companies developing their own line of mineral make up.
With consumer awareness growing, the emphasis with today’s beauty is on natural products, using organic ingredients. Mineral make up originated in the mid 70’s – and were products made with 4-5 all natural, finely ground minerals from the earth–that were more beneficial to the skin than the chemicals, dyes, and preservatives found in traditional makeup.
Benefits of mineral make up
• Looks natural and feels great.
• Is sheer, light and provides great coverage for all skin types and women of all ages
• Doesn’t block the pores and allows the skin to breathe
• Doesn’t cause allergies and is ideal for sensitive skin
• Anti-inflammatory, helps to calm and soothe irritated skin
• Provides broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection
• Is water resistant and lasts all day without sliding off
• Doesn’t harbour bacteria so is perfect for camouflaging skin conditions
Pure mineral makeup is meant to be all natural which means no harmful ingredients. Unfortunately there is no set regulation for what constitutes mineral make up. Consequently manufacturers are free to add questionable ingredients. These ingredients may have good properties like oil absorption but the use of them opens up the possibility for skin irritations and dry skin as well as other health risks.
If you are looking for a pure mineral make up foundation that is natural the first two ingredients should be Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and should not contain talc, oil, dyes, perfumes, alcohol or other ingredients that cause blackheads.
Good Ingredients in mineral make up
• Titanium Dioxide – absorbs light and offers sun protection for the skin
• Zinc Oxide –aids healing of the skin as well as offering sun protection by staying on when the skin gets wet
• Serecite is a type of mica – a translucent mineral that sets and helps make up stay on the face
• Iron Oxides – these minerals add colour to mineral make up
• Silica –helps to absorb excess oil in the skin and adds a silky feel to mineral make up
• Boron nitride – absorbs oil from skin and creates a natural glow
Ingredients to Avoid in mineral make up
• Bismuth-Oxychloride known to cause irritation of the skin and though it has been used for years in traditional make up much higher concentrations are used in mineral make ups and cause many problems especially those with sensitive skin.
• Micronized Titanium Dioxide – even though it cannot penetrate the skin may enter the body through broken skin and be absorbed and become toxic
• Trisodium EDTA is a preservative and includes the family of parabens – methyparaben, propylparaben and diasolidinyl urea. All are harmful to the skin and to the environment.
• Talc is used in many mineral make up brands however it is a controversial ingredient in and ideally should not be used due to risk of inhalation of particles
• Manganese Violet is a cheap synthetic pigment and may be poisonous
• Carmine colouring is often derived from cochineal – dead insects – and is mainly used as a food colouring. When used in make up it is considered an allergen and can cause toxic reaction to the body.
How to apply mineral make up
There is a technique that you do have to master when applying mineral make up but it’s not difficult. Tap a small amount of powder into the lid of the jar. Use a good quality Kabuki or large face brush and make circular motions to get the mineral powder onto the brush. Tap the excess back into the lid. Apply a fine layer of make up by brushing light circles onto the skin working from the outside of the face towards the centre. Repeat with another layer if you need to build up more colour.