I’ve been using mineral makeup for 6 months now and I’m mighty pleased with the results. Not only does it give me a more natural look, the foundation is better for my skin and doesn’t clog up my pores at all.
Before using mineral makeup, I was using 2-way cake foundation from brands like La Colline, Estee Lauder and Stila. I didn’t really noticed that my pores were clogged but I did have occasional mild breakouts. It was when I started using Zia Fresh Papaya Enzyme Mask that I started having more frequent breakouts. Every week after using the mask! I stopped using, thinking the mask was giving me problems. I brought up the problem to the guy who was selling me the mask and that was when I realized the breakouts were due to my clogged pores.
I resumed using the mask again, on advice that it could help “purge out the dirt”, and that was also the time when I had already switched to using mineral makeup for a month or so. Amazingly, I had no more breakouts. So I’m now a firm believer that mineral makeup do not clog up pores.
Allow skin to breathe and natural UV blocker
I’ve covered before that mineral makeup is made from very fine micronized minerals and inorganic pigments that exist in nature and contains no chemical preservatives like mineral oil, dyes or fragrances found in traditional cosmetics. Mineral makeup consists of overlapping crystals that form a filter that allows the skin to breathe and naturally protects it from air-borne pollutants. The minerals are non organic, which further prevents them feeding bacteria. This is why such makeup has been said to be less likely to promote allergic reactions, and is typically good for people with sensitive skin.
I also love the fact that mineral makeup comes with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are natural full spectrum UV sun blockers that provides coverage from the damaging rays of the sun. In addition, titanium dioxide is the second most reflective mineral in the world, next only to diamonds and their reflective quality gives our face a radiant glow.
Thus, besides making the skin look better by evening out the tone, redness and shine, mineral makeup actually benefits our skin by healing, protecting from the sun, and reducing inflammation. In addition, because their ingredients reflect light, this also reduces the appearances of lines and wrinkles.
However, it has to be pointed out that different brands of mineral makeup contain different ingredients; some of which may cause allergy. For example, some cosmetic companies using bismuth oxychloride in their mineral makeup products to impart a shine to the skin. However, this ingredient is very heavy and can cause not only clogged pores, but irritated skin. So if you experience discomfort, it is quite possible you have developed an allergy to mineral makeup due to this ingredient.