Mineral makeup is entirely more popular today compared to how it was 20 to 30 years ago. It has become increasingly known in department stores, much seen in television and magazines. But with all this hype about mineral makeup, how are they different from the conventional makeup that we have used before.
Under the Microscope
If we would be talking about the contents of the mineral and conventional makeup, under the microscope, there would not be much difference. Mineral makeup would use titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxide, silk mica and hydrated silica. These minerals are also, surprisingly, present in traditional makeup.
What are the effects of these elements?
Titanium oxide is mainly a skin protector against harmful rays from the sun. Zinc oxide works along with titanium dioxide in protecting the skin against the harmful ultraviolet rays.
Iron oxide are present in mineral foundations, they are originally in red, orange and yellow colors. Meanwhile, silk mica and hydrated silica reduce the reaction of the minerals when they come in contact with the skin. Some mineral makeup have vitamins and other minerals. Whenever, you are using a new make-up, whether it is mineral or traditional, be conscious of its components. There are instances that these compounds can provoke and allergic reaction when in contact with the skin.
But cases of women who experienced allergic reaction to mineral makeup is not as many as those who have allergies with traditional makeup. There are also things missing in mineral makeup, they are chemicals, preservatives, talc and other fillers. These chemical components often trigger other people’s allergy.
Traditional powders tend to enhance the face’s wrinkles. But with mineral makeup, the fine lines were removed, giving the face a healthy glow. This health glow comes from the vitamins and antioxidants which hydrate the skin and would conceal the wrinkles naturally.
Above the surface
What’s good about mineral makeup is that it can be used on all the types of skin. But even if it can be used on different skin types, it is still important to identify what colors are suitable and at the same time the right formulation. But still, traditional makeup also serves that purpose. You just have to be conscious with the makeup that you choose, since there can be additives bad for your skin.
Mineral makeup are often considered more “breathy” for the skin. Traditional make-up tends to block or clog the pores. That is why some customers have a feeling of something heavy on their faces when they used the traditional makeup. Since mineral makeup is natural, there is natural feel to it when it is applied to the skin.
Another good news for allergic people, is that it is hypoallergenic. Mineral makeup do not have bismuth oxychloride in their component making your skin free form chemical allergic reactions.
There are some skin treatments which would not allow you to use cosmetics afterwards. But with mineral makeup, the minerals serve as coolant to the skin and even encourage the skin to heal faster. While some mineral makeup users find that they can even sleep through the night with their make-up on, since it gets to last longer than traditional makeup and at the same time, it’s less allergic.
There are some who chose to use mineral makeup since it is more cost effective. Since, with mineral makeup you use less makeup with the same results.