Monday, January 17, 2022

Mineral Makeup Myths

My sister loved using mineral makeup because it lent a shine to her skin.  She said the makeup made her skin glow so she didn't have to. Mineral makeup is composed of naturally derived ingredients and minerals that are good for the skin and it is not a new trend.  It has been around for about 25 years. 

Over time, several myths have evolved concerning mineral makeup.  Some of the myths are true and some aren't so we'll let you know which are and which aren't.

The first myth is that mineral makeup is good for sensitive skin. This one depends on what brand you buy. Some are free of parabens, binders, or fillers which make it a good choice but if the brand contains bismuth oxychloride, then there could be a problem.  Bismuth oxychloride is found in crystalline form in mineral makeup because it is the ingredient that makes your skin glow.  This ingredient can get stuck in pores and cause irritations. 

Another myth is that it is good for oily skin.  Again, depending on the brand, it may or may not be correct.  In general, mineral makeup creates a dry powdery finish which could make your skin produce more oil.  When the oil mixes with the powder to form a caked look.  If you look carefully, you might find a brand that is designed to be used on oily skin so you shouldn't have the same problems.  Furthermore, look at using a matte finish so your skin doesn't shine as much.

Since mineral makeup is marketed as "natural" and hypoallergenic, one assumes it is good for the skin. In general mineral make up is free of fragrances, dyes, and preservatives so in this sense it is good for your skin. Preservatives used in the. makeup can make it last longer and keep bacterial growth from happening so they aren't all that bad. 

Furthermore, mineral makeup is often advertised as being faster to apply and easier to use than regular makeup because the powder is applied in a swirling motion using a large brush. This can cause small particles to attach to your fine face hairs giving the illusion that you have peach fuzz. Instead of a brush, use soft sponge applicator.  The other thing, is depending on the brand, you might get a liquid foundation instead so you don't have to apply it with a large brush.

Many brands of mineral makeup is based on a white compound that may cause the light to flash when having your picture taken. In the final picture, your skin may look paler. If you aren't worried about having your picture taken, then it is not a problem but if you take selfies and your skin looks whiter than you thought, this is why.

Then there is the myth that says wearing mineral makeup will make your wrinkles more visible to everyone. This is true only if you choose the wrong type.  If you use a face primer first to fill in all wrinkles before applying the mineral makeup, you'll have a much smoother face. In addition, buff in the powder foundation because buffing warms the minerals and gives your skin a smooth finish.

Of course, one myth says that mineral makeup has a natural sunscreen in it.  As long as the minerals are Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, or both, then yes it does have some protection, usually in the SPF 8 to 15 range. To provide better sunscreen protection, apply sunscreen under your mineral makeup so you have the maximum amount of protection.

So what it all boils down to is the type of mineral makeup you buy.  Always read the ingredients list before buying and be aware of potential issues.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear. Have a great day. 

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