Mineral Makeup: Spring cleaning? How's your makeup cleanup?

Mineral Makeup: Spring cleaning? How's your makeup cleanup?

Spring housekeeping is just around the corner, how about your makeup cleanup?  Spring is always a good time to ditch the old stuff and look to renew, revitalize and restore the old stuff.  This is where we hear a lot about Mineral Makeup, but really, what is Mineral Makeup?

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Mineral Makeup has been around since the 1970’s but it has really taken off in the last 10 years.  A good mineral makeup is actually good for the skin as it contains no talc, no fragrance, no fillers or parabens. Mineral Makeup should be formulated with a physical sunblock such as zinc and titanium dioxide to filter harsh UVA and UVB rays. Simply put, it is good for the skin.

Using mineral makeup on the skin helps the skin to heal if there are any issues such as acne or rosacea because it acts as an anti-inflammatory.  It also offers superior coverage when used in conjunction with a good concealer to cover hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and acne. Also, many dermatologists and medical estheticians recommend mineral makeup as it helps to cover as well as heal the skin.  Mineral makeup also does a better job at covering scars, bruising caused by injectable or surgery.

So, are there certain ingredients you should look at before purchasing a mineral makeup?

Absolutely!!  

Always read the ingredient list to ensure the products you select are truly pure. Some mineral makeups contain bismuth oxychloride, which is an ingredient that resembles certain parabens as preservatives and other chemicals.  Mineral makeup should be chemical free!

Next, look for a line that has foundation colors that mimic your natural skin tone.  Some mineral makeup colors have too much yellow or pink undertones so, be careful and ask for a sample or look for testers and blend a small amount on the side of the jawline.  The foundation should look and act like your own skin; blend with your skin tone and look as natural as possible.  Before you replenish your makeup kit, ask the question: why is mineral makeup preferred over conventional makeup? Mineral makeup lies on the skin like micro tiles reflecting light to make the skin appear flawless.  A good mineral makeup is 100% pigment so less product is needed and it lasts longer on the skin than conventional makeup.  Also , today’s mineral makeup offers much more advanced colors and shades for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.  No longer are the drab browns and beiges, which was your only option at first, you can now get exciting colors like purple, greens, and dark smoky colors.  Whatever you choose, be a label reader, and steer clear of chemicals.  Makeup should be part of the solution for the skin not part of the problem.