Giving You the Lowdown on Mineral Make Up

Mineral make up is everywhere these days and purports to be much better for you than ordinary face powders or liquid foundations.

Many well-known celebrities swear by mineral make up as it is becoming increasing popular and more and more well-known brands such as Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden are starting to release mineral makeup lines. But what is mineral makeup and is it any better than normal makeup for your skin?

Bare minerals make-up

The benefits of using mineral make up is that it is made from naturally occurring minerals (like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and mica) that are finely crushed and milled. Pure natural mineral make up should not have any preservatives in it but some cosmetics will have additives so you should check the ingredients.

They may not be bad for you but you should at least make sure that the mineral ingredient is the first on the list as this will mean it is the greater quantity. As most mineral make up can be manufactured with very little other ingredients, it is seen as a ‘healthier’ way to wear make up, however, there are some ingredients which could cause concern.

An artificial mineral called Bismuth Oxichloride, is sometimes used to bind or bulk up mineral make up products and helps to give a radiant glow. This can make your skin itchy, red, blotchy and, in a small amount of people, can cause cystic acne. Mica is another ingredient that is used to give your skin a glow but this can also cause breakouts.

Bare minerals make-up

Pure mineral makeup however, is good for skin because, being finely milled, it is not comedogenic (will not cause acne) and typically do not clog your pores. It is therefore also highly recommended for people who suffer from oily and sensitive skin and those prone to spot break outs.

Most mineral makeup contains some SPF protection and titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are very good sunscreen ingredients as they protect from both UVA and UVB rays. However, if the mineral make up is in powder form it will easily be brushed off, so make sure if it is sunny that you apply sunscreen before the make up.

With mineral makeup you can apply lighter coverage but also achieve full coverage by layering on the powder until you get the effect you want. Mineral make up tends to come in loose powder form and are usually applied with a powder make up brush or a powder puff.

So what is the verdict for mineral make up? Well, it can be a blessing for some whilst others report breakouts and irritation. And not all mineral makeup is the same so you are best off trying the pure mineral make up, rather than one with many other added ingredients, before you give up on it. Here are a few of the better products:
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 - £26

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 – £26

Bobbi’s groundbreaking mineral makeup is made of pearlised mineral powders to instantly even out skin and diminish the look of imperfections. The result is a natural finish that never looks masky or overly made up.

The super-fine powders in this formula are triple treated with glycerin, vitamins and skin softeners, and wear extenders. Smooth and silky, it glides on with a weightless feel and helps improve skin’s appearance. SPF 15 helps protect skin from damage.
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF20 - £25

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF20 – £25

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF20. New Mineral Makeup from Elizabeth Arden comes in a portable grinder compact.

It releases a fresh layer of micro-light makeup for each application, allowing you to achieve a look of pure perfection that’s skin brightening, non-drying, and comfortable to wear every time. Available in 8 shades. Suitable for all skin types and puff included. Factor SPF20. Buy it from houseoffraser.co.uk.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Make Up SPF12 - £26.50

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Make Up SPF12 – £26.50

Everything you want mineral makeup to be. 12-hour staying power for a flawless look that lasts. Silky smooth, extremely comfortable, ultra flawless. Stays fresh and looks natural even through nonstop activity.

Soft-focus, skin-perfecting formula gives skin a flawless, semi-matte finish, without settling into fine lines. Double the ways to wear it; as a foundation or as a loose powder. Buy it from esteelauder.co.uk.

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