Mineral make-up products give your skin a flawless appearance, a clean, healthy glow and excellent natural coverage. Mica, the key ingredient of these mineral-based cosmetics, distinguishes mineral makeup from all other beauty products. You may have heard the word mica in your high school science class – it's the material that makes the different rocks shine and shine.
When mica is used in cosmetics, it is ground into a very fine powder. Since mica is transparent, it does not cover your flaws and imperfections, but what it does, is to reflect the light so that your flaws and imperfections seem to disappear. Mica comes in a wide range of finishes, from a matte finish to a shimmery luster. The finish you choose depends on your personal preferences
In addition to mica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two other ingredients that are found in mineral cosmetics. These two minerals are white in color and provide mineral makeup with skin coverage qualities. These two minerals are also ground finely powdered, and mixed with mica to create mineral cosmetics.
There are other minerals that give this type of makeup its color, the main one being iron oxide. Iron oxides are found in a variety of colors, such as red, blue, black and yellow. Iron oxides can be combined to create all types of mineral-based makeup shades, since the three primary colors can be mixed in secondary colors.
There are many benefits to wearing mineral makeup. The first is that most brands of mineral cosmetics have an SPF index of 15. This is due to the large amounts of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that are found in makeup. Bare Minerals, the largest mineral cosmetics company, has received approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation for its sunscreen. Another benefit of this makeup is that it is safe to use on sensitive skin. This is mainly due to the fact that mineral makeup consists of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that moisturize your skin and give it a natural glow.
Women with fine lines, age spots, dark circles or uneven skin tone can reap the benefits of mineral cosmetics for a younger look. Mineral makeup will not seep into wrinkles or fine lines like traditional makeup. In fact, some brands of mineral makeup contain extra vitamins that help prevent wrinkles. This type of makeup can last all day without the need for touch-ups, and it will not sink or gum in hot, humid weather.