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Mineral Makeup - Natural Makeup for a Healthier Skin
Mineral makeup is nothing new. In fact the Egyptians were using it over two thousand years ago. However it's now back at a makeup counter near you bringing with it freshness, convenience and a much healthier skin. As a doctor I know what damage some traditional makeup products can cause the skin if worn over time for prolonged periods without adequate cleansing. So the advent of mineral makeup to the cosmetic counters is a major breakthrough in healthy living and skincare.
Mineral cosmetics have their basis in ground-up minerals, including various metal ores and iron oxide.
Being natural, they are allergen-free and contain no chemical dyes, added preservatives, fillers, perfumes, oils or talc - or other ingredients commonly found in traditional makeup products. Mineral makeup contains only pure mineral pigments in concentrated form. Due to their concentration they perform the functions of concealer, foundation and powder - and incredibly all in a single application which binds to the skin so well that very little touch-up is required as the day progresses.
After mineral makeup is first applied - and this can be done very simply with a brush - the skin might appear a little powdery, but after a short time you will find that it is taken up very well by the natural oils within the skin. And incredibly, you'll find that by nighttime your face will look just as fresh as it did in the morning when the makeup was first applied, without shine or streaks.
Mineral makeup's purity means that it works well with most skin types and you will find that it adds a day-long youthful sheen to your skin. But it also possesses several other benefits:
Mineral foundation powders also contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that act as a reflective coating which blocks the harmful effects of the sun. In addition natural forms of Vitamins A and E are regularly added which have anti-oxidant benefits and also help prevent photo aging of the skin.
Since synthetic dyes, perfumes and preservatives are avoided in the composition of mineral makeup, there is little risk of skin sensitivity to the ingredients, resulting in a considerably reduced risk of longer-term allergic reactions.
Mineral makeup can be applied quickly and easily with a brush or sponge, and when applied to clean moisturized skin, it doesn't smear or run. To immediately do away with the initial powdery effect, all you need to do is mist your face lightly even with ordinary water.
Due to it's day-long enduring qualities, mineral makeup is not only ideal for those with hectic lifestyles, but it has also found favor in the film and TV industries. Plus, it is often provides a great solution for many with existing skin problems, such as those caused by burns.
Now let's take a look at the cost. If you are used to cosmetic counter prices, you aren't going to be totally shocked. However, you should also consider the savings you can make by using mineral makeup. What would you normally put on your face before venturing out in the morning? After a moisturizer, how about a primer? Then there are concealers, foundation, blusher, creams, powder...
However when using mineral makeup, after using a moisturizer, you'll find that many products which were once a part of your daily regimen, now become totally redundant. So the overall savings could be quite significant. And think about the time saving too!
Modern mineral makeup represents a major advance not only in cosmetics but also in skincare and your overall well-being.
BY DR. BIANCA TAVARES
Dr. Bianca Tavares is a medical consultant with wide-ranging experience and interests in both traditional and complementary medicine and health care. She has a particular passion for disseminating quality medical information to the people who matter - the patients - and acts in an advisory capacity to numerous journals and health related web sites. Her writing about makeup and cosmetics can be found regularly at http://www.makeup-girl.info.
What Is Mineral Makeup?
Author: Dave Saunders
Mineral makeup is the latest thing and it's based on the oldest things. As an all-natural makeup, these mineral-containing makeups are being touted as something that can actually help your skin. There are many cosmetic companies marketing mineral makeups by different names, but all versions of mineral makeup have a common ingredient. They all contain "natural" minerals.
The idea behind "Mineral makeup" goes against the more modern use of artificially created compounds and takes its inspiration from minerals and inorganic pigments that exist in nature.
Many people prefer the natural colors of the cosmetics and feel they are supporting better health by limiting their exposure to artificial chemicals which make up the ingredients of most cosmetics. These are generally compounds which the body is less likely to be allergic to and many natural minerals also behave as antioxidants. These minerals, such as mica, titanium dioxide, zinc and iron oxides, and ultramarine pigments and even calcium, can be can be combined to make every cosmetic from foundation to eyeshadow to shimmer powder for the body.
As with any type of makeup there are some mineral makeups that are expensive and there are some that are inexpensive. But there is no reason to feel you can't afford mineral makeups.
A leading cause of wrinkled skin is the heavy and constant application of makeup. After years of makeup use, your skin looses much of its natural elasticity. This is partially due to a lessening of the production of elastin but is also due to a build up of free-radical stress which is very similar to the rust build-up on a car. As human beings evolved, our cells learned to utilize many of these minerals as basic nutrients which support normal cellular function. As many things are absorbed through the skin, many people believe there is a nutritional advantage to using natural compounds as makeup as opposed to artificial chemicals which the cells do not have any use for. Already there are many creams and lotions which are fortified with vitamins and minerals for this exact reason. Instead of waiting for nutrients in our diets to travel through the bloodstream and benefit the cells of the skin, these nutrients are applied directly to the skin so the cells can use them directly.
Whether or not this is true, many feel there is certainly a benefit to not applying artificial chemicals to the skin as they will be absorbed and may enter the blood stream. This can lead to allergic effects and other forms of discomfort to the body.
If you use makeup, a good choice is mineral makeup.
The benefits of mineral makeup cosmetics are advertised to be:
1. Natural look and feel
2. Longer lasting--stays on the entire day
3. Better for sensitive skin
5. No harmful ingredients
Mineral powders are inorganic and contain no moisture. This means that bacteria can not grow and no preservatives are needed. That means no preservatives against your skin, when you use mineral makeup. The minerals in the makeup are also natural sunscreens which protect you from the harsh effects of the sun. More and more people are switching to mineral makeup which is why many top cosmetic companies are developing entire lines of mineral makeup. They understand market demand and that means you!
Dave Saunders is a published author and certified nutrition and health educator. You can find out more about Mineral Makeup at http://www.aboutcalcium.net/What_is_Mineral_Makeup_.html