Everyone’s talking about Mineral Makeup. But what is it really? Does anyone know?
Well, I flexed my fingers and hit up Google and the information online about Mineral Makeup is simply overwhelming!
What is Mineral Makeup?
In a nutshell, Mineral Makeup is makeup created from the most basic of natural ingredients mined and ground from the earth with no perfumes, talc, alcohol, dyes, mineral oil or preservatives. The most popular mineral makeup item is mineral foundation.
The main ingredients in mineral makeup is are minerals such as mica, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide. A “pure” formulation of mineral makeup will not contain any talc or fragrance or additives.
Can Mineral Makeup be used in place of sunscreen?
It is the use of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that has given mineral makeup the reputation for being able to protect the skin from the sun. Can it really? Is there enough sun blocking product in the thin layer of mineral foundation we apply on our skin to protect the skin from the aging effects of the sun?
To a degree, I suppose there is some sun-blocking properties in mineral makeup, but I personally would not put all my trust in using only mineral foundation as a sun block or sunscreen and will also invest in using proper sun screen prior to applying makeup.
Is Mineral Makeup better for your skin?
Some people say yes and some report breakouts. For some, mineral makeup works so well for them that they actually find their skin looking better than before. This is especially so for those with very sensitive skin as fragrance or chemicals in conventional makeup may irritate the skin and cause breakouts or irritation.
For others, they might even react to the ingredients in mineral makeup and have problems with their skin. A very common reaction I’ve read about is itchiness. Many people report that their skin feel itchy after applying mineral foundation and this could be due to any number of reasons; the primary reason being incompatible ingredients with the skin. Viva Woman has a good list of potential irritants in mineral makeup that is worth looking at.
A very common ingredient that causes skin itchiness or reactions is Bismuth Oxichloride, which is present in many brands of mineral makeup. Bismuth Oxichloride is a pearlizing agent that gives the “glow” associated with using mineral foundation and also commonly used to bind or bulk up products. If you have rosacea or sensitive skin you are advised to avoid products containing Bismuth Oxichloride as it can cause itchiness or even cystic acne. (source)
Should I use Mineral Makeup?
I’d say its a case of one woman’s holy grail is another’s nightmare. 🙂 You won’t know until you try it to see if it works for you. If it does and your skin benefits from it, that’s wonderful! If it doesn’t and your skin reacts to it, you’ll know that mineral makeup isn’t quite for you. The good thing about mineral makeup is that many brands sell sample sizes so you can test it out to see if it works for you or not.
That said, it is also worthy to note that many online mineral makeup stores are small companies and I have sometimes found that quality can differ from order to order and colour too. This, and the hassle of color-matching is the reason why I personally do not use mineral makeup at this time. It is not to say that I’ll never use it, but at this point of time, I’m not.
If you want to know more about mineral makeup, a good blog to read is The Mineral Makeup Blog. It is all about mineral makeup and the many brands available both online and commercially and its truly an education in itself!