Mineral or Miner-Royal Makeup?

As women we apply make-up in the morning to enhance our natural beauty and features throughout the day. In fact we wear it for around 14 hours every day on average.

Although we take our makeup off every (most) evenings this leaves just 10 hours a day for our skin to breathe and recover naturally. I, for one have seen the aftermath that traditional make-up can cause, often leaving skin feeling dry, irritated and congested, so its no wonder that theres a huge demand these days for mineral makeup with the promise of enabling us to look our best whilst lessening the impact on our skin.

What is mineral makeup?

A mineral is a naturally occurring compound that’s come from the earth. In makeup these minerals are usually made up of natural pigments which should be light on the skin and allow the skin to breathe and function the way the skin would behave as though you wasn’t wearing any make up at all.

But with a seemingly endless list of mineral make-up brands available to us these days how do we know which one to chose, which are the good ones and are they really all that different?

Well for starters I bet you didn't know that for makeup to be classed as a "Mineral makeup", the product only needs to have a mineral content of just 5% of its total ingredients? The rest can be made up of all sorts of other things like fragrances, artificial colours and bulking agents, many of which don’t promote skin health at all, but instead (and quite often) lead to skin challenges such as breakouts, irritation and sensitivity (long term sensitivity will then start to accelerate ageing).

Equaly the type and quality of minerals makes a huge difference to what the make-up does to your skin.

A true and effective mineral makeup (with a high % of quality mineral content) will allow the skin to breathe and function the way skin would behave as though you wasn’t wearing any make up at all. They are non comodegenic meaning they don’t block pores, and have anti inflammatory and sun protection benefits too.

What Should you look out for?

Firstly look for a proper mineral brand rather than a make up house that has jumped on the Mineral makeup bandwagon. The chances are that their make up would be of a low quality and low grade minerals that have just enough to be classed as a Mineral make up but packed with other skin-nasties. Also beware, that despite some brand names including the word "Mineral" this isn't always a reflection of their ethos on mineral content or quality!

More importantly check out the actual product ingredients. There are Mineral ingredients out there that won't do your skin any favours. If you see any of the below on the ingredients list then step away from the makeup counter at once!

Bismuth Oxychloride – a common ingredient and whilst it is officially classed as a mineral its actually a naturally occurring metal, which is used to give the pearly finish to some bases, highlighter products and eyeshadows to give the appearance of a healthy glow. This can be very irritating, particularly to those with sensitive skin and with it being a heavy ingredient, has been known to contribute to breakouts, blackheads, acne, also aggravate rosacea skin sensitivity. It should especially be avoided in warmer environments, in the sun or those that exercise regularly as it can quickly become very itchy and uncomfortable.

Talc – is a Mineral but has the same chemical compound to asbestos which has been linked to being carcinogenic (cancer causing). Any Mineral brand where you have to “Buff” the product into the skin with a brush, is usually an indication that it contains talc. Talc is a low grade Mineral, and due to its whiteish natural pigment, buffing is required to bring through colours of other minerals. It isn’t buildable so its verticulally impossible to build on coverage without looking chalky and powdery.