Why Mineral Make Up
Mineral make up consist of minerals like mica, iron oxides, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are taken and ground/milled into small particles. Then the minerals go through a process to remove any toxic impurities, which will allow them to be safe for cosmetic use. Often minerals will be ground up to different sizes, which will determine the coverage they will provide. If all three dimensions of a particle are less than 100 nanometres then the mineral will be termed a nanoparticle. Avoiding nanoparticles is recommended as it is thought that they can be absorbed deeply into the skin and become potentially toxic.
The benefits of mineral foundation is that as little artificial ingredients as possible are added to it however you do want to make sure your mineral foundation is free from perfume, talc, bismuth oxychloride and chemical dyes. Unlike regular make up, mineral make up will allow your skin to breath whilst still providing great coverage. Mineral make up is also light reflecting making it ideal for more mature skin as the skin appears smoother and reduces the signs of aging. Also if you suffer from sensitive skin and issues such as acne or rosacea, mineral make up can be your best friend due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the minerals. This is also the reason mineral make up is the preferred choice of make up after and invasive skin treatment such as a chemical peel. Also add to the many benefits of mineral make up is the fact it contains titanium dioxide and zinc which can offer protection from the sun. It is always recommended however to still apply a SPF sunscreen under your foundation. This is because a foundations main function is to provide the skin with coverage, this being its primary function. Its secondary function being sun protection. This makes our Powder & Creme Foundation a cosmetic product and as the product is a secondary sunscreen we always recommend to apply sunscreen underneath for extra protection.
When purchasing mineral foundation it is always important to read the ingredients list given and avoid products that claim to be “mineral enriched” or that have synthetic ingredients such as parabens, talc, dimethicone, carmine, propylene glycol or bismuth oxychloride. Currently there are no regulations in regards to distinguishing mineral make up and many brands fill their pots with synthetic ingredients. This is why at MUSQ we choose to add as little ingredients as possible to our products as we believe less is best. However at the end of the day it is important that you are comfortable with what you are purchasing and that you are happy with the end result.
Ingredients to avoid when purchasing your mineral make up:
- Chemical Dyes
- Propylene Glycol
- Bismuth Oxychloride