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Mineral Make-Up: A Natural Cosmetic for the Skin

Updated on November 7, 2014

Mineral make-up is one of the safest cosmetics known today. It has been around since 1970s but its use wasn’t as commercially known as it is today. It is different from the traditional chemically produced synthetic based make-ups. Raw ingredients used in mineral make-ups are made of pure minerals found in nature. Synthetic make-ups use comedogenic ingredients that can harm and age your skin.

Not all brands of mineral make-ups are the same, though. Some claim that they only use the purest and the most natural minerals as ingredients while others admit that their mineral make-ups are not as pure compared to the competition. Likewise, some people love the effects a mineral makeup can produce to their skin while others may complain of allergies and uneven tones on their skin.

Mineral makeup is manufactured using earth’s natural minerals. They are processed to make the ingredients safe for the skin. They are sterilized into fine powder. Because the minerals are inorganic and dry, bacteria cannot form on them, hence, they are naturally preserved. Pure mineral make-ups do not use artificial preservatives to prolong shelf life. When given proper care, pure mineral make ups can last a very long time naturally.

The Different Types of Mineral Cosmetics:

1. Lip gloss

2. Lipstick

3. Blush on

4. Foundation

5. Eye liner

6. Eye shadows

7. Bronzers

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Pure mineral makeups can be more beneficial for your skin.
Pure mineral makeups can be more beneficial for your skin.
Pure mineral makeups can be more beneficial for your skin.

Benefits of Mineral Make-up

One of the benefits of using mineral makeup is that you can sleep in it, literally. Because the ingredients are natural, it is light on the skin and does not cause irritation. Manufacturers also claim that it can actually help improve skin.

Mineral make-ups stay on the entire day. Women do not need to retouch makeup in the middle of the day. It gives a more youthful glow. Like traditional cosmetics, it can mask lines and wrinkles so women who use it would appear a few years younger. Wrinkles are not the only skin imperfection a mineral makeup can hide; it can also mask blemishes, acne, and other skin imperfections. When applied to the skin, it looks more natural than synthetic make-ups. Mineral make-ups are basically of matte finish so it won’t give you a caked appearance. There are many natural colors to choose from when choosing the right makeup for your complexion.

Many natural minerals are antioxidants therefore they help avoid skin irritations. Because mineral make-ups are free of skin irritants, they can be used as concealers to various skin blemishes without aggravating the skin. They are safe to use for people with acne. Mineral make-ups do not cure acne, but they have a chance of healing while wearing it due to the fact that it doesn’t aggravate the skin.

Mineral Make-up Ingredients

Unlike traditional synthetic make-ups, mineral make-ups do not use synthetic dyes. Instead, it makes use of natural mineral pigments to give color to the makeup.

Some Ingredients Included in Mineral Make-up

1. Zinc oxide

2. Titanium dioxide

3. Bismuth oxychloride

4. Calcium

5. Iron oxide (pigment)

6. Mica (pigment)

7. Ultramarine (pigment)

Although mineral make-ups are known to be safer on skin, some of its ingredients may cause allergic reactions to some skin types. Zinc oxide, mica, and bismuth oxychloride are the ingredients that may cause allergic reactions. It is advisable to test the product on your skin before buying to see if there are allergic reactions on your skin.

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide gives a natural sunscreen protection factor (SPF) of 15-20. Mica gives natural pigment that may range from matte color to high sparkle pigments. Iron oxide and ultramarine are natural pigments that add rich color to the make up.

What Mineral Make-ups Don’t Have

Mineral make-ups are considered to be non-comedogenic because they do not contain ingredients that are harsh on skin.

Pure Mineral Make-ups Should Not Contain the Following Comedogenic Ingredients

1. Fillers

2. Preservatives

3. Waxes

4. Oils

5. Fragrances

6. Alcohol

7. Synthetic dyes

Some brands however admittedly use preservatives on their product. They also admittedly add vitamins and other nutrients as additives on their products.


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