Beauty and mineral makeup with Amy
Have you ever considered how the makeup you are buying affects your skin? Did you knew that some of the cosmetics on the market can contain toxins or preservatives? I personally didn’t, until I read the importance of mineral makeup and why is it a good idea to consider changing my beauty routine, from Amy Mia Goldsmith. Since you liked her previous post, 5 Tips on How to Achieve Goddess-Like Skin, I am very happy to introduce you Amy’s new post, sharing tips on how to Upgrade your Routine with Mineral Cosmetics.
Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie Blogger for HighStyleLife, in love with fashion, beauty and style. Her mission is to inform the world of all the things she loves and enjoys. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
The history of mineral makeup, in a way, dates all the way back to the ancient times. Ever since the humankind came to be, we’ve had the strong urge to create art, to play with colors, to express ourselves in unique ways. Makeup isn’t something that became popular a few decades ago, it’s not something that the beauty brands invented – it’s the extension of human desire for beauty, a way to express our personality and show ourselves to the world.
What is mineral makeup?
Technically, mineral makeup is the kind of makeup that contains certain mineral ingredients that are ground into fine powder and then applied onto the skin. It should have no toxins or preservatives in it, but things can get a bit tricky here.
A lot of brands will claim that they sell mineral makeup, but still use ingredients that don’t fit the idea of it, so you need to be a smart consumer and pay attention to those tiny letters in the back. Read the labels and only trust brands like Jane Iredale, because their line of products is cruelty-free and don’t contain any talcum, parabens, preservatives, or any other chemicals that could irritate your skin.
What can it do for you?
This isn’t an article that is meant to bash regular makeup and tell you that you shouldn’t use it at all. These days, most of it is safe, and you don’t need to throw out everything you’ve ever used just because you’re worried. But mineral makeup has some great benefits that are incredible for people with sensitive or acne prone skin, so it’s definitely something to consider. Mainly, you want to check out foundations, because mineral foundations won’t clog your pores, and don’t contain any harsh ingredients that can cause inflammations.
Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are well known for their ability to protect against UV radiation. Bismuth oxychloride helps to reflect light, so this can give your skin a natural, glowing finish and a smoother complexion. Kaolin clay and zinc oxide are also frequently found in makeup of this kind, and this helps absorb excess oils. That, and the fact that mineral makeup is non-comedogenic means it’s good for acne prone skin and won’t cause breakouts. But it’s not just people with acne and sensitive skin that can benefit here – sericite is an ingredient that refines pores and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, so it can help you look younger and brighter.
How to incorporated in your routine?
As was previously mentioned, you don’t have to switch all the makeup you own for the mineral version. You can slowly incorporate a few products, see how you like them, and decide if it’s something that suits your needs or not. Start with foundation, because that’s what can help you reap all the benefits, and then move on to products such as eyeshadows and lipstick.
Most people are a bit puzzled about using mineral foundation because they’re used to liquid and this one usually comes in the form of a loose powder. It’s actually really easy to use, but you’ll need a good kabuki, stippling or powder brush to make it work. The trick to remember is this – swirl, tap, buff. If you pick the foundation in form of a loose powder, sift a small amount of product into the lid, then take your brush. Swirl it around to pick up the powder, then tap it gently to get rid of the excess product. Buff the powder into your face with quick, gentle motions, starting from the middle of the face. And that’s all there is to it. If you want more coverage, you can easily layer it, and to make it last longer use a primer and a setting spray. The other kinds of products you can use the same as regular makeup since there are no special complicated steps to take.
If you aren’t satisfied with the quality of your current makeup products, this is a really good alternative that will be very kind to your skin. Give it a shot, and you might end up impressed.