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Mineral Makeup: Beauty in the buff

Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about regarding Mineral Makeup?  Well wonder no more!  Mineral makeup is ultimately about the less-is-more philosophy when it comes to makeup.  It is a growing field within the cosmetics industry, and women are flocking to it in record numbers.

There are a number of skin-related benefits to switching to a mineral makeup:

  • The primary skin care benefit to mineral makeup is not what IS in the makeup but what IS NOT – preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance.  All of these are potential irritants to the skin, especially considering that the makeup you apply in the morning sits on your skin for hours every day.
  • Most mineral foundation formulas contain a natural physical sunblock in the form of titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.  This is more than sufficient for most skins on a daily basis.  It is always recommended to use a higher SPF if you will be exposed to significant sun for a longer period of time.
  • Zinc oxide is FDA-approved as a skin protectant and has been noted to have anti-inflammatory properties.  Many dermatologists recommend mineral makeup for patients experiencing rosacea or eczema.
  • Mineral makeup is often recommended after certain skin treatments such as waxing, lasers, or microdermabrasion.
  • It is usually noncomedogenic, and is often recommended for acne-prone skin types.

There are also several cosmetic advantages to this type of makeup formula:

  • It can be much more natural looking on the skin than a traditional liquid foundation.
  • It can minimize large pores and uneven skin texture while evening out the overall skin tone.
  • It doesn’t seem to collect into fine lines and wrinkles as easily as liquid foundation formulas.
  • It doesn’t tend to run or be absorbed by the skin so it lasts all day and rarely needs to be reapplied.

The mineral formulations have been branching out from just the foundation or base.  It is now made into blushes, eye shadows, eye liners, and more.

Most of the mineral foundation formulas work in the same way.  They are typically a loose powder in a jar.  The recommended application method is to transfer a small amount of product to the lid of the jar, pick it up with your makeup brush, and lightly buff the powder onto your skin.  It’s known as the “tap, swirl, buff” method, and really isn’t any more time-consuming than applying the traditional liquid foundation.

Two of the top-selling brands for mineral makeup are Colorescience and Jane Iredale Minerals.  There are countless articles and forums dedicated to this specific topic.  One of the more thorough is http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/the-lowdown-on-mineral-makeup.

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