There has always been a buzz on what ingredients are found in the cosmetics we slap on our faces. We spend so much time (not to mention money) on using skin care that is specially formulated for our skin type, as well as battling ageing, spots, pigmentation, dehydration, etc. If you spend the time and money on getting this right but then go and apply makeup that’s full of toxic ingredients, you are just undoing all your hard work. So it just makes sense to follow your skincare routine by applying a makeup that, yes, looks good but at the same time is also good for your skin. Call it an extension and maintenance of good skincare. In more recent times there has been a strong push on makeup that is all natural which is great. We are starting to become more conscience of what ingredients are harmful or beneficial. But there can still be some confusion which is what I hope to clarify here.
Do you have trouble pronouncing let alone know what those 10+ letter words in the ingredient listing actually are? The truth is that they could actually be potentially harmful. Yes, we all want to look our best but at what cost? From clogging pores causing blemishes to more serious skin irritations such as dermatitis, what you are putting on your face can have a less than desirable effect. So what ingredients should you keep away from? Parabens are a major one. These are preservatives that are easily penetrated into the skin, can disrupt hormone levels and even have a possible association to cancer. Not only that they can react with UVB and lead to premature skin aging! Methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben are parabens commonly found in cosmetics and should, for the aforementioned reasons, be avoided. Another is Parfum (aka Fragrance). This ingredient usually contains a cocktail of chemicals which may trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms*. Talcs are also to be avoided as they clog the pores and do not let the skin breathe which is an important factor in maintaining healthy skin. Mineralogie, I am happy to say, do not contain any of these said ingredients in their products.
That was the bad news. So, what’s the good news? What ingredients are going to ensure you don’t end up with red, blotchy and maybe even painful skin? There are, in fact, ingredients that are not harmful and actually good for your skin. The best news is that there are foundations that contain these and Mineralogie use nothing but the finest quality ones in their Loose, Pressed and Liquid foundations. So, the 5 ingredients your foundation should contain are:
1. ZINC OXIDE.This is a fantastic ingredient for a number of reasons. First up, it is a mineral not a chemical. Secondly, it is hypoallergenic which makes it ideal for sensitive skin, and as most of our skin’s aging can be attributed to the sun, this ingredient also helps to promote sun protection preventing skin damage. The best bit about Mineralogie’s foundations is that they contain a zinc oxide called Z-Cote which is a special form that contains particles that do not scatter visible light well, becoming ‘transparent’ when applied to the skin. This makes it the perfect choice especially for brides and photography as you do not get that powdery white appearance (see pictures below) which other mineral makeup can be guilty of. Little of this zinc oxide will actually be absorbed into the skin, but it will do many jobs on the skin, including helping to alleviate any inflammation and will act as an antioxidant.
(Photos: blog.asiantown.net, celebrities.ninemsn.com.au, starpulse.com)
2. TITANIUM DIOXIDE. This is another mineral which acts as a mirror, reflecting the sun (and the UV in it) away from the skin. The Titanium Dioxide Mineralogie use is the highest quality and is once again perfect for even the most sensitive of skins.
3. BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE. This ingredient is a controversial one. It has, in my opinion, unfairly been given a bad rap in recent times. It has been said that it can be a potential skin irritant. Like any ingredient, there are bound to be those out there who may have a reaction. But these a few and far in between and may be due to the quality of the ingredient. Bismuth Oxychloride is a mineral and Mineralogie use the highest quality grade available which comes from the US ensuring it is highly regulated and in its purest form, thus minimising the risk of a reaction. It is another ingredient that is sun resistant, water resistant, provides a calming effect on sensitive and acne prone skin, does not support bacteria and won’t clog pores. Aside from those benefits, appearance wise bismuth oxychloride coats the skin for a flawless long lasting result, gives the skin a healthy glow and will not leave it dull and dry. What could be bad about that?
4. RETINYL PALIMATE (Vitamin A). Mineralogie uses Vitamin A in its foundation to promote healthy skin. Only a very small amount is used (which makes it safe for pregnant women). What it does is it decreases adhesive forces between cells, promotes natural exfoliating of dead skin cells and prevents the development of micro comedones, the first step in the development of acne, and;
5. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (Vitamin E). This is an effective, popularly used antioxidant which helps to protect the skin from the environment. Mineralogie uses Vitamin E in their foundation to help heal and soothe red or sensitive skin. It is also great for anti-aging and helps to maintain healthy skin.
Finding that balance when it comes to makeup between what looks good and is actually good for your skin can be tricky (except with Mineralogie where both are easily achieved). But hopefully this has made you a little bit more aware of what can be lurking in your products. Those with healthy skin know what it can do for your confidence. You too can have that by making the right choices. When it comes to what you put on your face, including makeup, by being aware of the ingredients found in them and a little more cautious when you make your next cosmetic purchase, you are well on your way.
Mineralogists, have you ever had an adverse reaction to a makeup?
What’s your experience been with Mineralogie Foundations?
We’d love to hear your thoughts.