When you make your face up in the morning, you aspire to improve your appearance. Ever realized how that seemingly harmless, layer of powder is really affecting your skin? Usually, makeup doesn’t have any big negative effects. However, it could cause a few skin reactions if you do not have good knowledge about the makeup that is good for your skin.
Some people have allergic reactions to ordinary cosmetic-product ingredients. These reactions can come in two types: irritant contact dermatitis, an itching or burning sensation to a product irritating the skin, and allergic contact dermatitis, more of a “true” allergy to particular ingredients resulting in inflammation, itching, or blisters. Both of these types of reactions are most commonly caused by fragrances or preservatives in makeup and other skin care products.
Makeup can also cause pimples. You should be okay if you’re religious about removing makeup at the end of the day. However, certain oils in many cosmetics can cause or exacerbate acne. This type of acne, appropriately called acne cosmetica, is mild, common and identified by blocked pores and reddened bumps on the chin, cheeks and forehead. It occurs when oils from your makeup clog your pores, so thick liquid or cream products are more often perpetrators than are lighter products like powders.
To avoid such reactions, go for makeup products that are fragrance- and oil-free. If you develop reaction after using a new makeup product, it’s probably not a good idea to keep using that product. But with a good skin care routine and quality makeup products, you can help prevent negative reactions.
Mineral Makeup: Hype VS Reality
All makeup is mineral makeup. You find the same mineral ingredients in conventional products too.
What is distinctive about mineral makeup from traditional makeup isn’t the ingredients it contains but what’s left out.
For many leading brands, the list of left out ingredients includes preservatives, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance. Most dermatologists advise mineral makeup because these left out ingredients are potential skin irritants.
It’s less likely to cause a reaction in women with sensitive skin and because it doesn’t contain oil, it will aggravate acne-prone skin.
It is recommended patients with rosacea and eczema. Women in their 30s and 40s may be able to wear mineral makeup without fear for the first time in their lives.
Skin Care Benefits
Mineral makeup does not replace your moisturizer, acne cream, or anti-aging serum potions. What it does offer are:
• Physical sun blocks in the form of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide so an even application of mineral makeup provides mild sun protection.
• Zinc oxide, also an FDA-approved skin guard. It has some anti-inflammatory properties. Since mineral makeup contains a higher percentage of zinc oxide than traditional makeup, it can be useful in calming irritated skin.
Media reports have suggested women to scan labels for an ingredient called bismuth oxychloride that gives makeup its sheen. It’s been blamed for causing skin irritation and acne breakouts, leading some mineral makeup companies to do away with it from their formulas.
However, only a very small minority of people with very sensitive skin will find themselves irritated by the ingredient. For the vast majority of women, bismuth oxychloride is perfectly safe.
Mineral makeup has gone way further than just loose powder foundation. You can find a variety of blushes, bronzers, eye shadows, lipsticks, and even liquid foundations offered as mineral products.
If you have sensitive skin, try loose mineral powder foundation. Go for products with the shortest list of ingredients. The longer the list, the more chance that your skin will react to one of the ingredients.
Mineral makeup is also an alternative for people who do not have sensitive skin. However, no one product, including mineral foundation, is going to correct problems like large pores and uneven pigmentation. So keep those expectations in check, ladies. However, if you truly are super concerned about the kind of stuff that goes on your skin every morning, go mineral!