Our Dermatologists recommend a 100% mineral makeup for those seeking a lighter coverage. Different products are available for those who are being treated for acne scaring and other conditions where a heavier coverage is preferable. (eg. Derma Blend)
How is mineral foundation different?
Mineral foundation is marketed as a more natural alternative to other foundations, such as liquids and pressed powders. The biggest difference is that it usually contains finely crushed, naturally occurring minerals, and most come in loose powder form to be applied using a special brush.
But is it really natural?
Even though it’s claimed mineral foundation has many good qualities, including being great for improving acne, moisturising skin and not clogging pores, it doesn’t actually have any therapeutic effect. It does, however, provide some sun protection which is beneficial for skin. (Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide are key ingredients in sunscreen).
Dermatologists recommend 100% Mineral makeup however most of the mineral ingredients naturally contain traces of toxic impurities and require processing to remove them. As ingredients undergo chemical processes and purification to render them safe for cosmetic use, it does make them less “natural”.
There are no regulations that define mineral make-up. Currently, any product can be labeled mineral make-up if it contains any mineral as a primary ingredient, even if it contains a whole host of synthetic ingredients as well.
Generally, most mineral foundations contain the same core ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide
- Zinc Oxide
- Iron Oxides
Some will contain bismuth oxychloride and talc as well.
It’s a personal choice
For consumers who wish to avoid all these added extras, it is important to check the ingredients on the package. Look for a product with as few ingredients as possible, a product that’s fragrance-free, and doesn’t contain parabens or other preservatives, and doesn’t include bismuth oxychloride.
Sometimes it’s a case of trial and error to see what looks best on your complexion. People with oily skin may find that the mineral powders darken in patches on their skin, while other people find it quite drying. As a general rule, these products will have fillers such Talc included as an ingredient. If you have problem skin Dermatologists recommed mineral foundations to people with skin conditions such as rosacea, acne and eczema as they contain only a handful of ingredients, as well as being fragrance- and preservative-free – are likely to be less irritating.
However, using mineral foundation isn’t a guarantee your skin won’t be irritated. The usual irritants in most foundations are fillers, parabens and fragrance. Most mineral foundations are preservative- and/or fragrance-free, but many still contain allergenic fillers such as bismuth oxychloride.
Bismuth oxychloride is a very common and popular ingredient in cosmetics. It’s used to add bulk as well as giving a visible sheen that camouflages lines, wrinkles and minor discolorations. It also gives the product a silky, luxurious feel. On the downside, it’s a totally synthetic ingredient, a by-product of lead, tin and copper refining, which is further refined and combined with water and chloride.
If you have sensitive skin, look for a mineral make-up that doesn’t contain fragrance, preservatives, or bismuth oxychloride.