Mineral makeup products give your skin a flawless look, a clean, healthy glow, and excellent coverage in a natural way. Mica, the key ingredient found in these mineral-based cosmetics, set mineral makeup apart from all other beauty products. You may have heard the word mica in your high school science class - it is the material that makes various rocks shimmer and shine.
When mica is used in cosmetics, it is ground up into a very fine powder. Since mica is transparent, it doesn't cover up your flaws and blemishes, but what it does do is reflect light so that your flaws and blemishes seem to disappear. Mica comes in a wide array of finishes, from a matte finish to a shimmering shine. The finish that you choose depends on your personal preference.
In addition to mica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two other ingredients that are found in mineral cosmetics. Both of these minerals are white in color and provide mineral makeup with skin coverage qualities. These two minerals are also finely ground into powder, and mixed together with the mica to create mineral cosmetics.
There are some other minerals that give this type of makeup its color, the main one being iron oxide. Iron oxides are found in a variety of colors, such as red, blue, black, and yellow. Iron oxides can be combined to create all types of mineral-based makeup shades, since the three primary colors can be mixed into secondary colors.
There are several benefits of wearing mineral makeup. The first is that most brands of mineral cosmetics have an SPF rating of 15. This is due to the high quantities of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that are found in the makeup. Bare Minerals, the leading mineral cosmetics company, has the seal of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation for its sunscreen protection. Another benefit of this makeup is that it is safe to use on sensitive skin. This is mostly due to the fact that mineral makeup consists of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that provide hydration for your skin and give it a natural glow.
Women who experience fine lines, age spots, dark under eye circles, or an uneven skin tone can reap the benefits of mineral cosmetics to achieve a more youthful look. Mineral makeup will not seep into wrinkles or fine lines like traditional makeup can. In fact, some brands of mineral makeup contain extra vitamins that help to prevent wrinkles. This type of makeup can last all day without the need for any touch-ups, and it will not run or cake in hot and humid weather.