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Flipping through a magazine is often like gazing at a portfolio of aesthetic inspiration. However the longer you stare the bold statements of style the more a look becomes less believable for your day-to-day features. The mid-90’s brought about a buzz in the cosmetic industry that resuscitated a trend that daily strutted about the halls of Ancient Egyptian palaces.
We’re talking mineral makeup.
While creamy conventional cosmetics are still loved by many, let’s take a look at 10 great reasons to use mineral makeup:
1. Your own personal lighting team – kind of.
It takes a bit of practice, but the luminescence mineral makeup brings to your complexion is enough to make you feel like a celebrity on a red carpet. A few tips if you are switching from foundation to mineral makeup powder:
Tip 1 – Wait until your moisturizer is completely dry before applying.
Tip 2 – Always apply in thin layers. In this case, “less is more” has never been more important.
Tip 3 – Swirl your brush in the powder and make sure to tap off excess product. Repeat layers until you get the amount of coverage you desire.
2. About as “au natural” as you can get.
3. Say bye-bye to blotchy.
It can be extremely difficult for individuals with skin conditions like acne and rosacea to create an even complexion with cosmetics, but mineral-based products absorb oil and camouflage redness. The helpful elements here are silica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are all gentle on the skin.
4. The perfect match for sensitive types.
Sensitive skin screams at the sight of filler, fragrance, and preservatives, but mineral makeup is free of all 3 of these often irritating ingredients.
5. Über vibrant colors.
Found in abundance deep within the Earth, minerals are pulverized and blended to make a rainbow of vivid, iridescent hues.
6. A double dose of SPF.
Do not ditch your sunscreen, but a bonus to using mineral makeup is that it contains zinc and titanium dioxide. Yes, these elements act as a natural sunscreen, but Maria Ricapito of WebMD states, “No mineral makeup is going to give you enough SPF to protect you against damaging ultraviolet rays.”
7. Gives the skin a barrier to trap in moisture.
8. Magic for acne-prone skin.
Mineral makeup lays on top of the surface of the skin and is oil-free, bringing another powerful product to the acne-prone community arsenal.
9. Perfectly paired.
The color of your complexion is unique and mineral makeup boasts customized color for a harmonious skin tone match.
10. Questions? Your dermatologist will know the answer…
If you are unclear as to whether or not mineral makeup is appropriate for your skin, reach out to your dermatologist or esthetician with questions.
Be aware that not all products labeled as “mineral makeup” are uncorrupt of fillers, dyes, and chemicals. Take time to read product labels as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve cosmetics sometimes making manufacturers claims a bit blurry in marketing claims. As alluring as mineral makeup seems, make sure you start with a solid foundation of healthy skin to achieve optimal results. A nutritious diet, consistent exercise, and lots of H2O will do nothing but add to your natural glow…
Elizabeth Rago is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, and wellness practitioners. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping (an editorial partner of the Chicago Tribune) and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. She has been published in Mamalode Magazine, MOMentumNation.com and thesavvyfreelancer.com. Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Google+.
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