Like most cosmetic products, mineral makeup has its fans and its critics. People who love it rave about the light, natural, long-lasting glow that simply can't be duplicated by other types of makeup. However others complain it’s drying, irritating, and accentuates wrinkles and adds years to your appearance. Some say that the colors have an ashy undertone that is a particular problem for ethnic skin types.
Many consumers also say they are initially drawn to try mineral makeup because of skin health claims – more specifically, that it is pure formulations are safer and better for sensitive, even acne- or rosacea-prone skin.
Mineral make-up is just a genius marketing plan - a new way of selling women the same ingredients that technically have been in makeup for years.
The main ingredients (minerals such as mica, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide), have been the basis of most makeup foundations for decades. Mineral makeup has no special health or beauty properties.
Mineral makeup can cause problems the same as any other preparations can cause problems. It is not purer; there's no scientific proof of that.
The experts see it a bit differently. Lots of dermatologists report that because mineral makeup frequently eliminates classic "irritants". They are like fragrances, binders, synthetic dyes, and preservatives - it is considered "purer" and can be kinder to the skin.
Makeup sensitivity is often the result of synthetic dyes, fragrances, and preservatives, so any makeup that eliminates these is going to eliminate some of the related problems.
Moreover, because titanium dioxide [and zinc oxide] has anti-inflammatory properties, certain mineral makeup can also have a calming effect on the skin, particularly important if you suffer from inflammatory problems such as rosacea or acne.
It is non-comedongenic, so it won't clog pores, and it's not going to aggravate an acne condition or cause a flare-up as easily as some traditional makeup can.
What about the claims made by some companies that mineral makeup is so pure "you can sleep in it"?
It’s not recommended for patient to sleep in any kind of makeup. For our skin it’s not a good idea to be covered at night, no matter how pure a makeup might be.
Mineral Makeup and Sun Protection
Another big draw to mineral makeup is the claims of sun protection. At least one company, with an average SPF rating of 15, Bare Minerals, has the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval as a sunscreen. Different mineral makeup claim similar protective effects, due mostly to the high content of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide - two ingredients commonly found in traditional sunscreen.