What Is the Best Mineral Foundation Ingredients?
If you are looking for the best mineral foundation that is affordable, and a “no mess” makeup, then read on. Did you know that most cosmetic companies use cheap synthetic fillers in their mineral foundation products? And what about the harmful chemical dyes that are being used to color your foundation? Do you think they would put these hazardous chemicals in mineral foundation if we were not told to keep away from them? I sure do not.
Liquid mineral foundations are much easier to use, and they also tend to feel smoother. However, it has been proven that most liquid foundations do not even last all day long and need to be reapplied constantly throughout the day, until they become cakey and “squeaky”. So, what is the best mineral foundation for dry skin?
If you have extremely sensitive skin, such as extremely dry or sensitive acne prone skin, then perhaps you should look at purchasing a liquid foundation, as they often have more staying power than the solid form. The best mineral foundation for dry skin types tends to be between one and two shades lighter than the skin’s natural color. For very dry skin types, a lighter bella Pierre (nutmeg) tone may work best. If you are a person who experiences extreme weather conditions such as wind, cold, humidity, etc., you should purchase a lighter foundation, as one that is too heavy will make you feel weighed down, and will crease much quicker.
Liquid mineral foundation should contain no fragrance, color, preservatives, added vitamins, added oils, talc or mineral oil. These ingredients cause undesirable change to your skin, and are usually the reason why most women discontinue using these products. Alcohols, petroleum products and mineral oils are drying, so they should be avoided if possible. Mineral formulas usually have one of three ingredients: waxes, petrolatum, or silicone elastomeric acid (silicone), which are derived from the same source as soap, but have none of the moisturizing, emollient, anti-aging, healing properties. It is common knowledge now that petrolatum and paraffin wax strip away natural moisture, while silicone elastomeric acids are not nearly as effective in retaining moisture.
There are several main ingredients to look for in a good all-natural mineral foundation. The first and most important ingredient is titanium dioxide. This substance comes from pure titanium dioxide and has been proven to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. Hydrating the skin also increases blood flow, which will increase your body’s production of new collagen and elastin fibers. These two actions together will give you an almost wrinkle free appearance.
The next main ingredient to look for in a good, non-comedogenic liquid foundation is mica. Mica is a naturally occurring element that is found in many foods, including some types of cosmetics. Unfortunately, despite the widespread belief to the contrary, mica is an actual pigment, not an oxide. Because of this, it can potentially cause sensitivity to the skin if used repeatedly, as it can clog the pores of your skin and create blackheads. For this reason, it is very important to look for a formula that does not contain mica.
The third thing you want in a great mineral foundation is jojoba oil. This natural oil is added in small quantities to a few different brands of liquid foundations, but in high enough quantities to noticeably moisturize the skin. Jojoba oil is also another great option to use on the cheeks. If you have extremely sensitive skin, it is highly advisable to stay away from any facial cream that contains fragrance compounds or perfume. Even those brands that claim to be “non-comedogenic” should not include fragrance.
The fourth and final thing you need in order to have great coverage is mineral powder foundation SPF 15. SPF 15 is the highest standard in a mineral powder foundation. This means it will effectively protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays and from making you appear older. SPF 15 is typically used on the face, as it does provide exceptional coverage. However, it can also be used under your eyes and around the nose to even out your face tone.