The difference between mineral makeup and traditional makeup is the ingredients left out of mineral makeup. Ingredients not contained in most leading brand mineral makeup include fragrance, preservatives, parabens, mineral oil and chemical dyes. Many dermatologists endorse mineral makeup because these ingredients may irritate skin. Mineral makeup is less likely to cause a reaction in sensitive skin and because it doesn’t contain oil, won’t affect acne-prone skin.
What is mineral makeup?
An umbrella term for cosmetic products that are natural and contain pure, mineral makeup contains mineral ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals formulated in a laboratory. Mineral makeup products run the gamut from foundations and blushers to eye shadows and bronzers.
Suitable for any age and for all skin types and tones, mineral makeup is often described as having a lighter texture and is softer on skin. Mineral cosmetics have experienced a surge in popularity recently.
For women in their 30s and 40s who have bathroom counters filled with products that have caused reactions because of one ingredient or another, mineral products means they may be able to wear make-up without irritation for the first time.
The switch to mineral or organic cosmetics can also greatly reduce the number of toxins you put on your skin daily and improve its condition, texture and appearance. As with anything, it’s important to read the fine print before applying a new face cream or foundation.
How does mineral make-up help skin?
Mineral make-up and organic skincare products are carefully formulated. This means they are a preferred choice for anyone with a skin condition or problem skin. The natural ingredients may improve the appearance of dermatitis, blotchiness, acne and rosacea.
Mineral make-up contains naturally occurring titanium and zinc oxide and its loose, dry minerals don’t require preservatives and other skin irritating ingredients. Zinc provides anti-inflammatory properties, which are the ingredients that help reduce acne, eczema and rosacea. For sensitive skin, a reaction to mineral skin products is rare.
The water base used in mineral makeup means make-up stays in place but doesn’t clog pores and reduces the chances of an unwanted breakout.