What is Mineral Make Up


Mineral make up is getting popular in the cosmetics market. Products are coming out with the words “mineral” in them and seems to make the products look more appealing to buyers especially when other words such as “natural” comes with the package. What exactly is mineral make up and is it any better than the traditional make up?

What is Mineral Make Up and Is It Better?

It is called mineral make up because its ingredients are all natural, coming from earth’s minerals that are finely ground. Mineral make up is applied to the skin using a fluffy brush and when applied to the skin makes a natural, light, and long-lasting finish. Some claim it to be better than traditional make up because mineral make up only uses natural minerals and is free from synthetics, binders, preservatives, chemicals, dyes, fragrances, that are known to irritate the skin. Mineral make up then is marketed especially for those who have sensitive skin – even those acne-prone skin.

What is Mineral Make Up

Technically, traditional make up can already be considered as mineral make up because its base ingredients are minerals such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, mica. However, the traditional make up also contains a lot of skin irritants such as synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Any make up without these known skin irritants makes the make up better for skin application.

Mineral make up is also non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores. Moreover, mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have anti-inflammatory properties which is particularly good for acne-prone skin. Mineral make up is also marketed as having at least SPF 15, giving your skin some sun protection. However, this should not replace sunscreens but instead be used on top of sunscreens to add further protection.

Looking at Ingredients

Looking at Ingredients. Image by startsat60.com

Although make up products will have labels in them such along the lines of “all natural minerals” or “pure mineral make up”, buyers are still advised to take a look at the ingredients of the make up to make sure the product is indeed all made from minerals. Especially if you are looking forward to using mineral make up for your sensitive skin, it pays to look at the ingredients to make sure there are no synthetics, fragrances, preservatives, etc., to make sure the “all natural mineral” claim is indeed true.

Some might argue bismuth oxychloride is a natural mineral but in fact, it is not found in the earth; it is derived from lead and copper processing. Bismuth oxychloride is considered as a skin irritant and large amounts can even cause cystic acne. Check the ingredients on the make up to see if there are any bismuth oxychloride because it should be avoided especially for those who have sensitive skin. Some may react to bismuth oxychloride terribly but others will not. It is up to you to test and decide next time whether to get mineral make up with bismuth oxychloride. (Make up ingredients from cosmeticsdatabase.com)

Mineral Make Up Examples

Physicians Formula has a mineral loose foundation powder that is talc-free. Image by kmart.com

The most popular of mineral make up is foundation and blush. Physicians Formula has a mineral loose foundation powder that is talc-free. Talc is a common skin irritant that is included in other make up. It also does not contain bismuth oxychloride, making Physicians Formula mineral loose foundation powder a good choice for those looking for mineral make up.

Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Blush is an example of a blush mineral make up. Looking at its ingredients, it has bismuth oxychloride. Those who react terribly to bismuth oxychloride should find an alternative. Otherwise, the main ingredient of Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Blush is Mica which is a mineral coming from the earth. Mineral make up examples from tameraonline.com.


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