Mineral Makeup Or Normal Foundation: What Should You Wear?

It’s well known that eating natural foodstuffs is better for us than processed junk. But actually we can apply this principal to a lot more things than just what we’re having at mealtimes. Mineral makeup is the latest trend in that direction. But how does it differ from traditional makeup and is it really worth the effort of changing over from what you currently use?

Well, aside from the different brand names and marketing strategies, most mineral makeups are actually very similar. The ingredients are usually a range of the same basic things, often comprising micronised titanium dioxide, iron oxide, silk mica and hydrated silica.

Micronised titanium dioxide is actually a common ingredient in sun cream and other products designed to block the sun’s rays against your skin. As such it’s ideal for protecting your skin against the damaging ultra-violet light. Iron oxide is naturally found as a red and orange colourant. It can be blended to provide the ideal colours for foundation.

Silk mica and hydrated silica are used to soften the mineral compounds in the skin. The silk mica gives the makeup a smooth texture, while the hydrated silica helps bind minerals together to make them look less messy.

There are a number of benefits to using the mineral makeup. Firstly, because the products are all natural you won’t find any irritants such as dyes or perfumes. This can make them ideal for people with sensitive skin or those who are prone to allergic reactions.

Mineral makeup is hypoallergenic, organic and oil-free – and that means that it won’t clog up your pores like some traditional makeups will. The nature of these more natural creations is that they will be lighter so you don’t run the risk of the over-made-up look.

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