The Mineral makeup industry is booming! It is not a new concept really but has recently become a phenomenal beauty cosmetic that countless women look for in a label. Many have joined the bandwagon because of its non-comedogenic reputation, enticing women’s attention as if hearing that the “ultimate” make up foundation has finally arrived! Well, the discovery of mineral makeup is music to the ears indeed— especially to women with sensitive skin.
So what does non-comedogenic mean anyway? If you are suffering from bad case of acne, your skin care therapist would probably suggest non-comedogenic product. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this term as “not tending to clog pores.” So since most women hate putting on pore-clogging foundation and makeup to the face that makes them feel and look too heavy, but do it anyway to conceal the imperfections and control the shine, this is fantastic news!
Mineral Makeup Ingredients
The most popular mineral makeup cosmetics are the blushes and loose powder foundations. These are finely ground, loose and light minerals that are buffed into the face using thick, fluffy brush. The ingredients of makeup foundations typically include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, bismuth oxychloride, and mica. Many dermatologists consider mineral makeup as a purer and less harmful cosmetic than traditional makeup because it eradicates usual irritants including talc, preservatives, fragrances, synthetic dyes and binders.
The Pros: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are commonly found in classic sunscreens, so several manufacturers claim that mineral makeup provides sun protection. But take note that whether this is true or not, these ingredients can only add extra protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays and must never use as a replacement for sunscreen.
Zinc oxide is nearly water insoluble so it won’t dissolve quickly if your skin gets wet or when you perspire. Titanium dioxide is a widely used white pigment due to its high refractive index which provides radiant, glowing skin when the light refracts off the face. It makes the skin appear clean and pure that can also conceal dark circles around the eyes and fine lines.
These two ingredients are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and calm the skin. If you have inflammatory condition including acne and rosacea, mineral makeup wards off your current skin problems from worsening, thus aid in treating them.
The Cons: Mica and Bismuth Oxychloride
No beauty product is perfect, same goes for mineral makeup. Mica has been reported to cause breakouts and Bismuth causes itchiness in hot, humid climate. In worse cases, the skin can possibly turn red, irritated and bloatchy. Bismuth is a mineral that is not supposed to be found in your foundation.
Not all mineral make up foundation are equally safe and effective. Mineral foundation and makeup are generally safer, purer and better than traditional makeup. However, it is best to try a product sample first or do a patch test before using the product on a regular basis. One product can bring forth beauty wonders to other people, but could be a total disaster for you. Love your skin, nourish it!