Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is one of the biggest trends to have hit the world of cosmetics. It seemed to have reached its peak of popularity during the late 2000s, driven largely by several claims about its superiority to the normal type of traditional makeup. Some even claim to wear mineral makeup to bed. Let’s break down each of these differences and find out if mineral makeup is indeed worth the hype.

1) Ingredients

One of the greatest differences between mineral makeup and the typical makeup is the composition or the ingredients they have. Authentic mineral cosmetics are composed of compressed minerals, and are free of synthetic or “harmful” preservatives and ingredients like parabens, wax additives or oil. The most popular brands list only a handful of ingredients. Bare Escentuals only has two active ingredients (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) and three inactive ingredients (Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, and Iron Oxides). Everyday Minerals has six ingredients on most mineral foundations (Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide and Greens). This minimalistic approach towards beauty is claimed to allow the makeup to be “breathable” and less harmful to most skin types.

2) Safety

Because of a lack of many additional ingredients, fans and proprietors of mineral of mineral makeup claim that this type of cosmetic is generally safer than most other makeups and more appropriate to sensitive skin. Not so quick, though. There is ongoing debate about the safety of two major mineral makeup ingredients, Mica and Titanium Dioxide. These two, while naturally occurring, had some people concerned about their dangers when inhaled as nanoparticles and harm the lungs and skin. The jury is still out, however, because many others argue that if the particles were actually the size of nanoparticles they’d be useless to makeup, as they would not offer coverage. Users are also advised to scan labels for bismuth oxychloride which can cause irritation and acne flare ups.

3) Ease of Use

Of course, one of the major factors every woman considers in purchasing makeup is the ease of use. When mineral makeup was at its most popular, we all knew it in the form of fine, loose powder with a kabuki brush. You have to use the kabuki brush to apply it in circular motion. You cannot do this on the go, unlike compact foundations that use sponge. Fortunately, mineral makeup has evolved over time and more of them can be found in compact or liquid formulations. One must note, though, that additional ingredients like binders are added to keep the powders from falling loose. Still, liquid and compact forms of mineral makeup still adhere to the philosophy of light, breathable and minimalist makeup that is good to all skin types.

Skincare from the Sea

For centuries, humans have used the expansive resources of the ocean to enhance their skin. However, commercial use in the beauty industry has only been used in recent years.

Seawater provides a balanced way to supplement minerals to human cells and provides a nutrient-rich growing environment for algae. As marine plants grow in this perfect mineral medium, they absorb and concentrate various nutrients also beneficial to the human body.

There are tens of thousands of varieties of seaweed in the world and medical studies show they can help to reduce joint pain, lower blood lipids for better heart health, and prevent allergies. Cosmetics companies and marine scientists have researched seaweed and formulated various skincare products as well. Our skin likes the nutrients seaweed as it contains beta-carotene, potassium, zinc and iodine. Seaweeds take nutrients directly from the ocean and are more potent than they are in land plants.

Marine Ingredients and Skin Care Products

Marine ingredients are picking up steam in skin care, as they offer a range of benefits and are more advanced scientifically than before. Green seaweeds act as an astringent and is used in some foam cleansing products. Red seaweed is rich in beta-carotene, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Phytoplankton, tiny plant-like microorganisms, are used to fight ultraviolet damage and free radicals.

The harvesting and preserving of marine ingredients has become more advanced over the past several decades, helping to make better and more environmentally friendly marine skin care products. In many countries harvesting of seaweed is regulated as marine plants serve as a portion of the food chain and can diminish the fish population if left unregulated. Many companies are cutting seaweed and not yanking it out as particular process allows the seaweed to grow back and be sustainable.

The skin is the largest organ of human body. No person has perfect skin as the chemicals in our air, water, and food have many negative effects. Treatments using ingredients from the sea can help repair the skin and body while bringing back that youthful look, but as with many beauty products and skin care treatments available today, it’s hard to tell how effective any really are.

Consult a skin care professional to find out what ingredients from the sea work best for the results you are after.