There has always been a buzz on what ingredients are found in the cosmetics we slap on our faces. We spend so much time (not to mention money) on using skin care that is specially formulated for our skin type, as well as battling ageing, spots, pigmentation, dehydration, etc. If you spend the time and money on getting this right but then go and apply makeup that’s full of toxic ingredients, you are just undoing all your hard work. So it just makes sense to follow your skincare routine by applying a makeup that, yes, looks good but at the same time is also good for your skin. Call it an extension and maintenance of good skincare. In more recent times there has been a strong push on makeup that is all natural which is great. We are starting to become more conscience of what ingredients are harmful or beneficial. But there can still be some confusion which is what I hope to clarify here.
Do you have trouble pronouncing let alone know what those 10+ letter words in the ingredient listing actually are? The truth is that they could actually be potentially harmful. Yes, we all want to look our best but at what cost? From clogging pores causing blemishes to more serious skin irritations such as dermatitis, what you are putting on your face can have a less than desirable effect. So what ingredients should you keep away from? Parabens are a major one. These are preservatives that are easily penetrated into the skin, can disrupt hormone levels and even have a possible association to cancer. Not only that they can react with UVB and lead to premature skin aging! Methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben are parabens commonly found in cosmetics and should, for the aforementioned reasons, be avoided. Another is Parfum (aka Fragrance). This ingredient usually contains a cocktail of chemicals which may trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms*. Talcs are also to be avoided as they clog the pores and do not let the skin breathe which is an important factor in maintaining healthy skin. Mineralogie, I am happy to say, do not contain any of these said ingredients in their products.
That was the bad news. So, what’s the good news? What ingredients are going to ensure you don’t end up with red, blotchy and maybe even painful skin? There are, in fact, ingredients that are not harmful and actually good for your skin. The best news is that there are foundations that contain these and Mineralogie use nothing but the finest quality ones in their Loose, Pressed and Liquid foundations. So, the 5 ingredients your foundation should contain are:
This is a fantastic ingredient for a number of reasons. First up, it is a mineral not a chemical. Secondly, it is hypoallergenic which makes it ideal for sensitive skin, and as most of our skin’s aging can be attributed to the sun, this ingredient also helps to promote sun protection preventing skin damage. The best bit about Mineralogie’s foundations is that they contain a zinc oxide called Z-Cote which is a special form that contains particles that do not scatter visible light well, becoming ‘transparent’ when applied to the skin. This makes it the perfect choice especially for brides and photography as you do not get that powdery white appearance (see pictures below) which other mineral makeup can be guilty of. Little of this zinc oxide will actually be absorbed into the skin, but it will do many jobs on the skin, including helping to alleviate any inflammation and will act as an antioxidant.