Making the switch from conventional makeup to mineral makeup
Having healthy-looking, flawless skin is a top priority for any woman. With all the beauty products available in the market, women have so many choices when it comes to which makeup to use. For years, conventional makeup ruled the market, up until the 1970s when beauty product manufacturers were forced to display the ingredients used in their makeup on the packaging. Then it became clear just how many harmful products women exposed their skins to on a daily basis. This is why it became essential to create organic products which wouldn’t expose the skin and body to damage; hence the advent of the mineral makeup age.
Now, mineral makeup has become the preferred choice for both performance and health reasons. Since it was discovered, mineral makeup has gone through various transformations. Manufacturers are always trying to find the best minerals to include in their products. Mineral makeup is essentially made from minerals carved from the earth. Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide and Kaolin Clay, are some of the ingredients which are present in mineral makeup products. Therefore the distinguishing factor between conventional and mineral makeup is that mineral products do not contain any preservatives, chemicals, dyes or fragrances. The absence of these is what makes mineral makeup the best option for anyone looking to have healthy skin.
Women with sensitive skin or are suffering from acne or rosacea are advised to make the switch from conventional to mineral makeup. It is beneficial to acne-prone women because it contains no fragrances, irritants or preservatives – just safe, pure, soothing minerals that offer buildable coverage. If you have very sensitive skin, it is best to be careful. Check what ingredients are in the products you are buying. You want to invest in mineral makeup products that do not contain fillers including bismuth oxychloride as these could be harmful and expose your skin to infections.
Myths surrounding mineral makeup
As with many things there are several myths surrounding mineral makeup. A few of these myths have surfaced as a result of unhealthy competition with conventional makeup manufacturers who want to see mineral makeup lose its popularity. However, most of the myths are propagated by people who are yet to understand what exactly consists mineral makeup. It is also important to remember that not all minerals are equal – check our ingredient page for more information.
MYTH #1: Mineral makeup is so good, you can sleep in it.
This is partly true – the odd night with your makeup left on is likely to be absolutely fine because mineral makeup allows the skin to breathe. No matter how good and healthy mineral makeup is, you cannot sleep with it on every night. It is always best to cleanse makeup from the skin – no matter what type of makeup you are wearing.
MYTH #2: Mineral makeup is also great in liquid form
This is an interesting one! Makeup has always contained some of the key minerals we use in our pure mineral makeup – for example Iron Oxide. This gives the natural pigment or colour to foundations. The benefit of mineral makeup in a powder form is very high – even compared to a mineral makeup in a liquid form. Here is why: a loose mineral powder foundation is entirely breathable on your skin, there is no risk of a “tide mark” on the jaw, as the product is applied with a brush. The loose minerals also move with your skin – so no cracking around laugh lines.
Importantly loose mineral foundation does not need a preservative or any other ingredients other than the protective, soothing minerals. Bacteria needs water to live and breathe – so in a dry product, there is no need to include a preservative of any type.
MYTH #3: Bismuth Oxychloride is necessary for glide and texture
The truth is that Bismuth Oxychloride is actually a potential irritant and even though it is in essence naturally dervived, that does not make it a safe or necessary ingredient. We view bismuth oxychloride as a filler. There have been reports that the repeated use of this compound in mineral powders and foundations is likely to cause irritation to people who have sensitive skin. Even though the compound is synthetically prepared, it is derived from natural elements. Because bismuth is a heavy metal, it can be quite hard to absorb into the skin, making it likely to clog pores. Mineral beauty products that do not contain bismuth are lighter and easier to spread on the skin, making them friendlier.
Key ingredients that distinguish mineral make up from run-off-the-mill drug store makeup
For centuries, people have been using makeup to enhance their looks and bring out their beauty. Long before mineral makeup begun being commercially manufactured, people were using conventional drug store makeup. These two types of makeup can be a bit confusing, unless you know what differences to look out for. The major difference between mineral and conventional makeup is the ingredients.
Conventional makeup contains emollients, chemicals, fragrances and preservatives. Mineral make up does away with these. On the other hand, mineral makeup contains minerals such as iron oxides, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and mica. These minerals are ground up into small particles to create makeup. When buying mineral makeup, its not enough to have a product labeled “mineral-enriched”. It is advisable that you take a close look at the ingredients contained in the product. You want to ensure that it contains the minerals mentioned above. Zinc oxide is particularly helpful and soothing for people who suffer from acne and it can help to reduce inflammation and irritation. The lack of filler ingredients such as cornstarch, talc, magnesium stearate and bismuth in mineral makeup can lead to less pore-clogging, meaning fewer breakouts.
Zinc oxide is approved as a skin protectant, while titanium dioxide works perfectly as a safe broad spectrum sunscreen. This has been researched, tried and tested. Therefore products that contain these two minerals will definitely be beneficial to any skin type.
Because mineral makeup does not create a mask on your skin, it tends to be very long wearing even in humid environments or with perspiration. The skin does not reject the product and it tends to be very long wearing.
Ingredients to avoid in your makeup
As you buy makeup and beauty products, you no doubt want the best products for your skin. Unfortunately, not every product available in drug stores and beauty shops can be considered good for your skin. Some of the conventional makeups available contain harmful, skin-irritating compounds that can cause skin infections and aggravate acne and rosacea conditions. Here are some of the ingredients that you need to look out and avoid in your makeup:
- Bismuth Oxychloride: This compound is synthetically manufactured, although it contains natural elements. Bismuth rarely occurs naturally, and is found in the Periodic Table as element Bi. Its chemical structure is similar to arsenic and it must go through various processes to ensure that it is safe for use on the skin. Because of its denseness, it has been known to make rosacea and/or acne worse by clogging pores. It can also permanently enlarge pores.
- FDC Lakes and Dyes: Research has shown that the dyes and lakes found in conventional makeup can cause toxic effects on your brain. Scary? Definitely. Dyes are water soluble, but do not dissolve in oils. Lakes are made by combining dyes with salts to make insoluble compounds. Even though this research was especially targeted at ingested products, you might want to steer clear of any products that contain dyes and lakes because they might be absorbed into the skin and find their way into the body, causing damage over time.
- Parabens: Methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben are chemical preservatives. They are described as being estrogenic, meaning they mimic the functions of the hormone estrogen. They are therefore disruptive of normal hormone function. Exposure to external sources of estrogen hormone has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Therefore the next time you are out shopping for foundation and powder, remember to avoid these compounds.
- Propylene Glycol: Propylene Glycol (PG)and ethylene glycol (EG)are both petroleum derivatives that act as solvents and wetting agents. They can penetrate the skin quite easily and weaken the cell structure. In fact, PG can get into your blood stream so fast, that it is recommended that factory workers avoid direct contact to prevent kidney, brain and liver complications.
Dermatitis, nausea, gastro-intestinal disturbances and vomiting are among the side effects of chronic exposure to these compounds. Skin dehydration as well as chronic surface damage to the skin are more side effects that you want to avoid at all costs if you are trying to maintain healthy looking skin.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: SLS is a harsh detergent which breaks down the surface tension of water. It damages the skin, causing dryness scaliness, loss of elasticity and roughness. It acts by reducing the ability of the skin cells to retain moisture, resulting in severe water loss and loss of water binding ability.
- Talc: This mineral is similar to the carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been found in the lungs and ovaries of cancer victims. The frequent use of talc poses a strong risk of respiratory defects and lung cancer. In fact, studies in the 90s show that cosmetic-grade talc caused tumors in animal subjects.
Skin conditions that could greatly benefit from mineral makeup
People suffering from acne and rosacea skin conditions often have a hard time finding the right skin products to use. They often have to settle for products that could end up further aggravating their conditions by clogging or enlarging their pores. This is why it is of utmost importance that they pick out makeup that will help them soothe and alleviate their conditions.
Because mineral makeup is lighter, the likelihood of pores clogging is almost nil. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease the discomfort that comes with acne and rosacea conditions. In fact, zinc oxide is a primary ingredient in baby balm for this precise reason and mineral makeup is often reported to soothe and calm acne.
Bare mineral make up ingredients
Mineral makeup ingredients are not just mined, ground and packed into compact powders and foundations. They are purified and taken through several processes to make them fit for use on human skin. They are created specially for the human skin condition. This does not make them chemicals: it makes them purified minerals.
Here are some of the minerals and compounds used in the manufacture of mineral makeup:
Oxides and Ultramarines:
Titanium dioxides and zinc oxide belong to this category of ingredients. Titanium dioxide provides pigment, and is water dispersible. Zinc oxide is only oil dispersible, although it dissolves in water. This will not work well in low viscosity formulations like body oils, or in water formulations such as body sprays, but will work well in foundation.
Other complimentary bare mineral makeup ingredients include Kaolin and this is an excellent ingredient to control excess oil and shine on the skin.
All in all, the most important thing you can do before investing in any kind of cosmetic product is to look through the contents list. Educate yourself on the ingredients and go for products from reputable brands. Eco minerals have been a leading manufacturer of 100% natural mineral makeup and beauty products and their products have been tried and tested. Even though pure mineral makeup often costs more than conventional makeup, its benefits far outweigh the price.