Crushed Minerals got their start years ago, and have recently taken over the foundation world. Virtually every make-up company, even some skincare companies, offer a mineral make-up of some kind. I remember being introduced to the concept of mineral powder years ago by a company called Jane Iredale – one of if not THE mineral pioneer. The idea of putting “dirt” on your face, at first, made my heart race and my palms a little sweaty. After a brief demonstration and reading through some literature on the products, I was convinced that this was the next big thing in skin-friendly make-up…and guess what.
Crushed mineral foundation covers well and balances skin tone, while allowing the skin to breathe and release oils. This keeps skin “cleaner” and happier than other foundations. The minerals used are also the minerals commonly found in sunscreen, so they offer protection usually ranging from SPF 15-20. One other great feature, because these minerals are inert, they never ‘spoil”, meaning that they cannot support the growth of bacteria. Many traditional foundations contain proteins and other ingredients that DO harvest bacteria – and that is not skin-friendly!
There are now so many options for mineral foundation, that I felt compelled to let you all know: not every crushed mineral is made equal! There are many great skin-friendly (and wallet friendly) lines out there, but what do you need to know in order to choose the right one for your skin?
Let me offer up some friendly advice:
K.I.S.S. – My Journalism Professor used to tell us this all the time. Keep It Simple S….., well i think we’ve all heard this saying enough to know the last word (I like to change it to something a bit nicer like Sassy or Skinny). It’s just as helpful when looking at ingredient lists for mineral make-up as it is when writing articles and essays. Crushed Minerals are a great alternative for traditional foundation partly because they are simple…so their ingredient list shouldn’t be more than 5 or 6 words long (and that’s maybe even being too generous.)
The main ingredients to look for are: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, and Iron Oxides.
Any other ingredients, like talc, parabens, corn starch, any oils or waxes, etc. should be avoided as they aren’t needed and can increase risk of skin irritation and break-outs.
Bismuth Oxychloride, a color additive, is included in some popular mineral lines, and although not a known irritant, can cause some skin irritation for some people.
Want more information?
Jane Iredale is the largest professional mineral make-up line and one of the best, although you will pay a premium for the products…you won’t be disappointed.
The girls at Everyday Minerals are newcomers, but they know what they are doing.