Guest post about the benefits of adding mineral makeup to your beauty routine by Sophia Smith, Australian based beauty and style blogger.
Mineral makeup has lately been spiking in popularity, and for a great reason. Doctors and nutritionist are always reminding us of the health benefits of regular mineral intake, so if they’re good for our body, they simply must be just as good for our skin. In the era of increasing awareness regarding product we allow to touch our precious face, it’s only natural that people are flocking towards mineral makeup.
Still, for those still unaware of the perks that come with switching from regular to mineral makeup, we’re here to shed some light on the matter, and we guarantee that once you know what’s what, you too will be boarding the mineral train in no time.
First things first
The first item on the agenda is by all means the ingredient list. Truly good and genuine mineral makeup should contain 100% minerals such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica and be organic dyes, preservatives and fragrance free.
Now, what does that mean for the health and appearance of your skin? Titanium dioxide for instance is, due to its gentleness, an amazing sunscreen ingredient for sensitive, redness-prone skin. Zinc oxide provides broad-spectrum sun protection that prevents burns, and comes with an abundance of other benefits. Finally, mica has been used for centuries as a pigment and coloring in makeup and cosmetics, and is considered a safe and natural ingredient.
Ok, now that we’ve covered the basics concerning the safety and benefits of the ingredients, let’s see how our skin can benefit from a makeup routine with mineral cosmetics.
We need to talk about foundation
One of the most sought-after mineral products is by far foundation. The reasons for its popularity are numerous. Firstly, when used with a great sunscreen, a mineral foundation can provide strong protection from damaging UV rays. Secondly, it provides better coverage, as unlike other foundations, it contains no talc that leaves your skin feeling heavy, but poorly covered, due to low pigmentation.
Also, when you upgrade your makeup routine with mineral cosmetics, you won’t experience the dreaded occurrence creasing and setting into fine lines. Great mineral foundations, such as for instance the Natural Mineral Cover by Nude by Nature, tick all the boxes because aside from containing SPF and providing a natural flawless finish, this type of foundation also contains jojoba extracts and kaolin clay that serve to purify, soothe and nourish the skin.
One of the best parts about mineral foundations is that they are suitable for all skin types and will not cause irritation and inflammation, clog pores, which is a risk you run with regular foundations. However, the very best part is that a little goes a long way, in the sense that you need very little product in order to achieve a flawless complexion, which makes the investment all the more worth it.
Easy does it
In case you’re a mineral foundation neophyte, you may be wondering whether a makeup routine with mineral cosmetics is more time-consuming and difficult to master. The answer is not.
Mineral makeup only brings perks and leaves out the disadvantages. Once you’ve prepped and primed your skin like you normally would, simply tap a small amount of powder into the lid and dip the tip of the brush into the powder foundation, turn the brush upright (bristles to the ceiling) and tap down until the powder disappears into the brush. After that step, gently roll the brush in smooth strokes across the skin until you get the coverage you wish. It’s simple as that.
Despite the common belief that minerals cosmetics are found only in foundations, there is an entire range of mineral products that will help you elevate and upgrade your makeup game. There are amazing eye shadows, bronzers, highlighters and blushes that aren’t only better for you (for all the reasons listed above), but that are also super-pigmented which again, allows for little to go a long way.
So, are you ready to step into the wonderful and healthy world of mineral makeup? What will be your first pick?
I’m Sophia Smith, Australian based beauty & style blogger. I’m very passionate about natural makeup, latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. I write mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles, has contributed to a number of publications already, including: LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel. You can find me on: Twitter and Google +