What Is Mineral Makeup?
Mineral makeup has become a very popular cosmetic product, with many celebrities vouching for its effects. Adding to its popularity are the innumerable and attractive advertisements for these products. With more and more people demanding a more natural complexion and look, mineral makeup seems to have developed a different status altogether. The demand for mineral makeup products has grown exponentially, as an increasing number of people with skin problems have claimed its effectiveness. Is it just hype, or is mineral makeup as effective as it claims to be? What are the facts that need to be understood before using one of these products?
Mineral makeup contains pulverized natural minerals that are added to different cosmetic products including foundation and nail polish. The minerals usually used in these products include titanium oxide, iron oxide, zinc oxide, gold, mica and magnesium. The amount of actual minerals present varies from product to product. Even when a product contains less than one percent natural minerals, it may be labeled as a ‘mineral’ product.
Benefits and risks of mineral makeup
One of the benefits of these cosmetic products is that they do not clog the skin's pores, thus allowing it to breathe. This reduces the chance of developing acne. Some minerals like titanium oxide and zinc oxide have an anti-inflammatory effect. Zinc oxide is known to be useful in alleviating rosacea and acne. Also, mineral makeup is thought to work better in heat and humidity, as it gives a more natural look. Many people prefer these products to traditional liquid makeup. But one needs to remember that many of the compounds in these makeups may not be natural, but in fact synthesized in a laboratory and then added to the products.
Mineral makeup may not contain preservatives, mineral oils, chemical dyes, fragrance, or parabens as in other cosmetic products. Their absence may account for lessened skin irritation. These products are considered safe for use with rosacea and eczema. Although they do provide some amount of protection from sun, they are not a replacement for dedicated sun-blocking products.
Some people are concerned about the fact that minerals in these products are in the form microparticles that may trigger harmful reactions. This is particularly of concern with products containing bismuth oxychloride. But according to some experts, this is not relevant for the majority of users. To put it in a nut shell, these products should be avoided by people who have exceptionally sensitive skin.