The latest makeup trend for recent years has to be mineral makeup.Â Those who use mineral makeup swear by it; many acne sufferers are also relieved that finally, there is something they can use to cover their acne without further clogging their pores, and thanks to mineral makeup, they don’t end up looking like an oil slick by midday.
Mineral makeup obviously derives from the earth’s minerals; free of preservatives, talc and oil, petrochemicals, minerals are supposedly much better for your skin as they are not absorbed into your skin, and are naturally bacteria-resistant, making them last a lot longer in your medicine cabinet despite daily exposure to bacteria and light. Most common and the main ingredients of mineral makeup are titanium dioxide, mica and iron oxides. But here is where it gets tricky: not all mineral cosmetics are made equal; some actually still contain artificial colorant and dyes, and can be just as harmful as non-mineral makeup.
As many mass merchandise brands also start following suit and produce mineral makeup, suddenly there is a big surge of mineral makeup available on the market. Some can be very cheap, some can cost a small fortune. What is the difference? It lies in the ingredients.
A quick sampling at a drug store and you will find many mainstream brands having their own mineral makeup – Loreal, Maybelline, Revlon, just to name a few. If you think they are all the same, think again. Many of these still contain artificial colorant such as Ferric Ferrocyanide, an inorganic, syntheticÂ pigment. Even though it has been deemed ‘safe’ to use in cosmetics by the FDA, there are still debates out there regarding its safety. If a product is truly mineral-derived, why still use a synthetic, unnatural pigment? Because it is cheaper than using real mineral colorants such as iron oxides, that’s why. Whether it is truly safe to use or not, I, for one, am hesitant to use anything that has cyanide attached to its name!
That said, not all mineral makeup is bad of course. Jane Iredale products, which I use, are free of such artificial pigments and dyes. Their price tags are far more than the ones you can buy at a drug store, but they are worth every penny. When it comes to your face, why gamble?
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