Makeup, like clothing, seems to have fads that come and go. Thankfully, lead makeup lost its popularity in the 19th century, and now one of the most talked-about trends in the beauty world is mineral makeup. However, is mineral makeup worth the hype? Before you buy in, it is important to know and understand the pros and cons of this new makeup trend.
First, many people appreciate this natural form of face coverage because it takes raw minerals straight from the earth, grinds them into a fine powder, then uses that for foundation, blush, eye shadow, and other products. In its purest form, this type of makeup truly is natural. However, some brands of mineral makeup still utilize preservatives and other synthetic binders as additives to the “natural” makeup. This, some skeptical dermatologists argue, is just the same as regular cosmetics.
For years, people have taken naturally-occurring items such as zinc oxide and used them as the main ingredient in blush, foundation, and eye shadow. Regular brands add in some binders, perfumes, dyes, and other materials in order to preserve and protect their makeup. Thus, if some “mineral” makeup companies claim to be all-natural yet add in these other products, it is basically the same thing as the regular cosmetics that some people try to avoid.
However, if the mineral makeup truly is pure and free from chemicals such as perfumes, preservatives, dyes, binders, and other synthetic ingredients found in traditional makeup, it can help those who have easily irritated skin. People with sensitive skin are often most affected by the perfumes and dyes found in traditional cosmetics. Thus, truly mineral foundation and other products can help them avoid their inflammation issues.
Still, mineral makeup is a matter of choice. Some believe that the light, sheer coverage offered by this new makeup gives them a natural glow, while others find their skin dried out by the layers of powder rather than cream or liquid products. Therefore, it is important to try this new, natural makeup for your own.