Mineral Makeup Vs. Traditional Makeup
Mineral makeup v traditional makeup ; we take them head-to-head ...
Unfortunately, the lead-based minerals our ancestors used were not always safe. Elizabeth I’s bleached look was achieved by blending a lethal mix of white lead and vinegar (ceruse), while kohl eyeliner, made famous by Cleopatra, included galena – the mineral form of lead sulphide.
By the 1970s, however, when concern about the environment began to take hold, it was the chemical ingredients used in traditional cosmetics that people started to be concerned about. Since then, mineral makeup has generated a loyal and growing following, particularly among those with sensitive skin who often find it less irritating than conventional products.
Pure mineral makeup is defined as containing 100% minerals, including titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica and iron oxide. Strictly speaking, it should also be free of organic dyes, preservatives and perfumes – although some brands still add these, so you still need to read the label to make 100% sure no none of them has been added.
Mineral makeup contains fewer ingredients to irritate the skin compared to traditional makeup. Minerals do not seep into pores, which tends to aggravate conditions like acne and rosacea. It lets the skin breathe and contains titanium dioxide, which provides excellent sun protection, and zinc oxide, which has anti-inflammatory benefits.
BareFace Cosmetics pure mineral makeup uses natural products without chemicals, fillers, dyes, binders, preservatives or animal derivatives.
Think glamour. Think classic Hollywood movie star. Think of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn. These are the images that often come to mind when we consider traditional makeup.
Conventional makeup is easy to apply and possibly slightly easier to match skin tone than mineral makeup but it’s what’s in traditional products that accounts for the rising popularity of mineral makeup.
Just like their mineral makeup counterparts, traditional cosmetics also contain minerals. However, they tend to have more ingredients – and the more they have, the more likely they are to contain irritants; which are especially bothersome for those with sensitive skin.
Liquid foundation, for example, can contain perfume, which is a skin irritant, and some have an oil base that can cause sensitivity or make oily skin worse.
Other products that conventional makeup can contain include talc, parabens like isobutyl paraben as a preservative, and dyes – chemicals that many people would prefer not to put on their skin.
You can find out about chemicals in makeup on the US Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website. Formaldehyde is a particular worry as it’s carcinogenic. It’s occasionally included in cosmetics in some parts of the world, although it’s not labelled as such. Look out for ingredients such as diazolidonyl urea and phenacetin.
Whichever makeup product you choose – traditional or mineral – it’s always best to read the label and pick the one with the fewest ingredients.