mineral cosmetics information, ingredients and tips

About Mineral Cosmetics

called 'the skincare makeup' by estheticians, dermatologists and fans, here's some history to explain minerals-based makeup

Regardless of the brand name under which they're sold - Bare Escentuals, Bare Minerals, Jane Iredale and other popular lines - most mineral cosmetics contain similar ingredients.

Do mineral cosmetics really work? What's their advantage?

Mineral makeup helps cosmetics users who are prone to allergies, who have sensitive skin, and those who have adult acne and/or rosacea.

That's because mineral makeup is organic, hypoallergenic and oil free. Mineral cosmetics won't clog pores like some conventional cosmetics.

Free of irritating dyes, talc and fragrances, the purity of mineral cosmetics is the answer for users whose skin can't handle the catchall of ingredients found in traditional makeup formulations. The most common ingredients in mineral cosmetics include micronized titanium dioxide, micronized zinc oxide, iron oxide, silk mica, and hydrated silica.

Safe and Animal Friendly
There is a growing awareness and preference for cosmetics that are safe. Cosmetics safety experts caution against buying products containing toxic ingredients, especially those derived from petroleum, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) or parabens.

Face Tip: Are less expensive Mineral Cosmetics found in drug stores too good to be true?
Read the label - if talc is listed as an ingredient, you're not getting a true mineral cosmetic.

Amber, a licensed esthetician and BeautyDispatch contributor, cautions those who are prone to acne and breakouts to limit their use of cosmetics containing FD&C red dye and lanolin, a known pore clogger. Mineral cosmetics contain neither of these.

Another reason for the growing interest in mineral cosmetics is consumers' growing distaste for products that are animal-tested, and for products that contain animal ingredients.

Mineral Cosmetics Ingredients Information

  • Mineral cosmetics shades come from Iron Oxide (rust). It naturally occurs in various shades of red, orange and yellow that are blended into flesh tones for foundations.
  • Silk mica and hydrated silica are product softeners. Silk Mica gives the makeup a softer, smoother texture. Silica makes it less dusty and messy.
  • Mineral cosmetics don't contain fillers like talc. 
  • True skincare makeup, mineral cosmetics boast organic, anti-comedogenic formulations that cover without irritating.
  • Mineral cosmetics are usually applied dry but can be used wet - instructions come with each brand.
  • Ethnic women whose skin tones range from brown to ebony are finding that first generation Mineral Cosmetics are improving and expanding available their color range to suit the skin tones of women of African and Asian descent.
Are mineral cosmetics worth it? Sarah, a salon manager, says yes. "At first, women who've used non-mineral cosmetics to conceal their breakouts and problem skin discover that the mineral cosmetics hide as well as traditional makeup. Then they realize that their traditional cosmetics were causing the breakouts."

For women like them - and for increasing numbers of women in search of face paint that's not toxic to their skin - mineral cosmetics are a real deal.

want to know more about the safety of the cosmetics and skin care products you use? Visit skin deep:cosmetic safety database , the product review site (14,000 products) of the Campaign for safe cosmetics and the environmental working group.

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