We all have choices about how we can live in a cleaner, greener, healthier world and the type of makeup we wear is no exception. The specialist team at Allure Cosmetic Clinic in Toowoomba, take a look at how choosing mineral makeup can benefit both our bodies and Mother Earth.
The history of mineral makeup
Makeup made from minerals is not a new concept. In fact, the art of enhancing your appearance using minerals started in the earliest civilizations.
Ancient cultures used ground-up natural minerals for applying color to the skin for everything from decoration for festive celebrations, to camouflage and war paints. Cleopatra’s kohl-rimmed eyes are an early example of the use of minerals to create a stand-out feature and enhance your natural assets.
A more natural approach
Given that the cosmetic makeup industry was derived as an accidental off-set from petroleum based operations, is it little wonder that many people began searching for a more natural approach?
A key factor of mineral makeup is not so much what’s in it, as what’s not in it.
Generally, mineral makeup doesn’t contain emollient oils and waxes, fragrances and preservatives found in conventional cosmetics. Because of this, mineral products are much kinder to sensitive skin, and are often a preferred choice for anyone who suffers from skin irritations and allergies.
In addition, this makes the production of mineral makeup a much more environmentally friendly option.
So what does mineral makeup contain?
Naturally occurring ingredients sourced from Mother Earth, including iron oxides, talc, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide are ground up into tiny particles (micronized) to create mineral makeup products.
Mineral makeup harnesses the healing properties inherent in Mother Nature to calm, restore and protect your skin. A common claim from fans of mineral products is that anti-irritants such as zinc help improve conditions including inflammation, redness and acne.
Benefits of mineral makeup
Mineral makeup has a lighter touch and helps your skin to ‘breathe,’ as it doesn’t contain standard cosmetic ingredients such as binders, waterproof polymers, and other skin-sticking irritants. This lack of filler ingredients found in conventional makeup, leads to less pore clogging and subsequently a smoother, healthier complexion.
Can mineral makeup be a sunscreen substitute?
Another assertion from the mineral makeup fan club, is that it can act as a natural sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. Ingredients including zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, have proven properties as skin protectants and sunscreen.
However, it is important to remember that no mineral makeup will provide you with the same level of sun protection as an SPF, so we recommend continuing to slip, slop slap.
How do I incorporate mineral makeup into my beauty regime?
With the number of products available on the market these days, it can be a daunting task of where to begin. Allure Cosmetic Clinic offers a complimentary Cosmetic Advisory Service to help guide you through the potholes and pitfalls of the cosmetic industry.
An experienced professional will help you to develop a beauty and skin care regime, based around natural products that benefit both the planet and yourself.
At Allure Clinic, we only stock products that have scientific evidence to back up their effectiveness. The products we use are only available to medical practitioners and are not advertised in the general media. The money saved on advertising is spent on the contents of every bottle.
We have handpicked these skin care products because we know they work, are good for our environment and contain ingredients to make your skin glow.
Book an appointment for your complimentary skin assessment and we will tailor a skin care regime specifically for you.