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Published on May 09, 2016

Toxic vs. Non-Toxic Makeup

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mineral make upWant to minimize rosacea, acne and other skin impurities? You might try the much-talked about products that help heal, protect and provide luminous skin coverage for a more vibrant, you. We’re talking about mineral makeup. The popular trend has taken over beauty shelves everywhere; and everyone from makeup artists to aestheticians are incorporating mineral items onto their shelves and in their makeup kits.

Traditional versus Mineral

“Some traditional liquid and compact foundations provide full coverage, however they tend to cause skin disruptions and rashes due to their toxic, pore-clogging ingredients such as formaldehyde, butylated hydroxytulene and butylated hydroxyanisole, and even coal,” says PIH Health Medical Aesthetician Sherri Juranek. “Mineral makeup on the other hand allows your skin to breathe.”

Made of simple and natural ingredients, most mineral makeup brands provide protection from the harmful rays of the sun in addition to seamless coverage. Some product lines instantly protect the skin from the sun with SPF coverage of 18 or more because of the minerals: zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which provide natural sunscreen protection. With mineral makeup, there’s no need to wait 20 minutes for your liquid sunscreen to soak into your skin before applying foundation. Just dust on clean skin and go.

Mineral makeup also improves the look and feel of the skin’s appearance and texture, hides scars that acne can leave behind and covers up rosacea. When you are done applying mineral foundation, spritz on a setting spray. Jane Iredale’s D20 Hydration Spray is a perfect choice as it sets makeup but also camouflages the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

What Ingredients to Look For

Mineral makeup contains a combination of finely milled minerals such as Mica, titanium dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zincoxide, Iron oxide and sometimes Ultramarine blue, Chromium oxide and Hydrated silica.

Before You Buy

Finding the right one for you may seem overwhelming. Before you purchase, follow these guidelines when selecting:

  • Brush or dab the product on the top side of your hand, or anywhere you can see blue veins or freckles. For some, this may mean on the inside of your wrist.
  • Cover the area until you’ve reached your ideal coverage.
  • After your foundation has set, place it under running water. Does the foundation stay on after water? Does it look lifeless? Or, does it look full of life?

“Good mineral makeup should feel like skincare in the form of makeup, meaning they are soothing and don’t cause flare-ups or breakouts; and are ideal for oily, sensitive and acne prone skin types,” says Sherri.

Beauty conundrums are everywhere. From eating right to working out, looking flawless should never be a part of your everyday stresses. For more information or to make an appointment at the PIH Health Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine & Mohs Surgery, please call 562.789.5429.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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