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Mineral Makeup is Rock Solid
Mineral makeup may be just what your skin needs
Comprised purely of minerals and pigments found in nature, mineral makeup has gone from a beauty industry secret to the mainstream in just a few short years. Dermatologists and aestheticians alike extol its virtues because it’s free of ingredients that can harm or irritate the skin-namely preservatives, dyes and talc. But why does mineral makeup have a leg up on traditional cosmetics? Here’s a short list of reasons why.
1. Perfect for all skin types. Mineral makeup will not cause sensitive skin to react, and will not clog pores or make acne worse.
2. It makes the skin look better. Minerals reflect light in a way that minimizes imperfections.
3. Safe for after laser treatments or chemical peels. Mineral makeup has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to soothe and protect stressed skin.
4. Built-in sun protection. Although you still need to wear SPF, mineral makeup creates a barrier on the skin that can shield at least some of the sun’s rays.
5. Long-lasting coverage. A quality mineral makeup should last all day without the need to touch up.
But just because a label says mineral makeup, it doesn’t mean you’re getting the real thing. To make sure, read the list of ingredients. The first few listed should be titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, bismuth and mica. And when you make the switch to mineral makeup, it’s best to invest in a good brush so you get a smooth, flawless finish.
A few mineral makeup brands to look out for are Jane Iredale, Being True, Pür Minerals, GlöMinerals, Cover FX, Susan Posnick, Colorescience and BareEscentuals. These have solid reputations-and professional followings-so you can’t go wrong. Some of the more mainstream traditional cosmetic lines have begun to roll out mineral-based offerings as well, but read the label to make sure you’re getting true mineral makeup.