Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What’s the Hype with Mineral Makeup? (part 1 of 2)


Make-up has long been used by women to make their faces beautiful.  These last few years, mineral makeup has been much popular since there has been increasing concern if the makeup being used were chemical and preservative free.

Mineral makeup is not just used currently, its history can be traced back as far as 2,500 year ago.  Egyptian women has used malachite and galena as eye makeup and eye protection against the sun’s harmful and reflective rays from the desert.  Until now, North African and Indian women still used mineral makeup

As the name itself describes, mineral based makeup uses the various mineral elements from the earth.  Most commonly used minerals would be zinc oxide, iron oxides, titanium dioxide and bismuth oxychloride. Zinc oxide are can be found in ointments that are used ease irritation like diaper rash.  Titanium oxide, meanwhile, is present in sunscreens.   Another good thing on mineral makeup is that they are inert.  Since they are inert, bacteria is not encouraged to grow which happens in conventional makeup.

Mineral particles which compose the mineral makeup are large enough so that it would not penetrate the pores and cause damage to the skin and the pores.  But these makeup also have some vitamins and antioxidants as their component. They tend to get into the skin, so some women generate some reaction (mostly allergies) to these.  So when choosing makeup, mineral or otherwise, you should always consider this.

With mineral makeup, the chemicals and preservatives used in traditional makeup is not present.  To come up or achieve the color desired, inorganic materials are used.  So there are no artificial colouring or preservatives present in mineral makeup.   For example, mineral makeup removes talc which sometimes cause irritation.  Preservatives and talc may “suffocate the skin” and eventually cause acne, eczema and rosacea.

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