Mineral Cosmetics are not a new concept, and people have been using them for thousands of years. Both women and men have been painting their bodies with “colours of the earth” since ancient times, including Aboriginal tribes painting their skin before ceremonies , the Celts painting their bodies before war or the Egyptians underlining their eyes with Black Kohl or using ground pigments like Red Ochre to colour lips and cheeks.
Mineral Cosmetics are about using simple, clean and pure ingredients. This is the reason that Mineral make up has become the new buzz word instead of conventional department store make ups… They are not made from chemical compounds, are quick and easy to apply and leave the skin looking healthy and glowing.
Another advantage of Mineral make up is that it is safe to apply after cosmetic procedures, gentle enough to apply straight after facials, suitable for all skin types and perfect for sensitive skins, which means that most people are able to use them without fear of discomfort.
True Mineral Foundations are made up of 100% minerals such Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides which are then ground up to produce a silk like powder.
Minerals such as Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxide naturally scatter light, which is then deflected from the skin rather than absorbed by it. In addition these minerals have some wonderful properties such as being anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, non-comedogenic and water-resistant.
When choosing Mineral Foundation some ingredients to avoid include Clay (sometimes called as ‘Kaolin’), which can dry the skin, or Bismuth Oxychloride, which can irritate sensitive or inflamed skin and also Talc as it can block the pores.
Mineral Make also have quite a long shelf life without the added preservatives. An open mineral makeup should last one year and unopened at least two years making it comparable to most foundations on the market.
So if you are feel that looking after your skin and body is important to you and you would prefer not to use chemicals, dyes or preservatives then Mineral makeup is the way to go for you.