A Lush Crush: Mineral Makeup
Can my complexion look flawless, even if it's not? Yes,
you can have a gorgeous complexion- it's just a matter of
learning what you need to perfect it. Urban Apothecary has
gone through the daunting process of sorting through mineral
makeup types so you can choose what's right for your skin.
Love mineral makeup? Youíre not alone! Although it was
discovered in the late 1970s, mineral makeup has recently
exploded onto the cosmetics scene. Widely celebrated for its
easy application, durability, and benefits to the skin, natural
makeup is generally classified into two types: crushed mineral
makeup and micronized mineral makeup. As the attraction
of this innovative cosmetic increases- many are eager to learn
all the facts about the newest natural wonder.
at a Glance
Mineral makeup can be used by anybody, with any type of skin.
Made from naturally occurring crushed minerals, natural makeup
is composed of zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, and
mica. These loose minerals are combined together to make
different natural cosmetic variations, including, foundations,
powders, concealers, and blushers. Because of their oil and
chemical-free nature, many mineral makeup brands are safe for
acne sufferers. Crushed mineral makeup is so pure that itís safe
to use after cosmetic treatments. The crushed minerals titanium
dioxide and zinc oxide are known to also act as a natural sun
block, and can deliver sun protection of up to SPF 20.
Between Crushed Mineral Makeup and Micronized Mineral Makeup
Particularly comforting to extremely sensitive, oily and
acne-prone skin, crushed mineral buffs on for an airbrush finish.
Particle size is very important when it comes to mineral makeup,
and is the crucial difference in crushed mineral makeup and
micronized mineral makeup. Crushed mineral makeup is composed of
one to 50 Microns, depending on the product. Crushed mineral
makeup is not as fine as
mineral makeup so it tends to rest on top of the skin, hence the
popular 'swirl, tap and buff technique required for an even
mineral makeup is composed of nano-sized particles, smaller than
those found in crushed mineral makeup. A true micronized mineral
makeup will have a particle size of much less than one Micron,
like Urban Apothecary products. Because of the micronization
process the mineral particles undergo, they bind together in
application which improves the look of fine lines, enlarged
pores and uneven texture. When micronized mineral makeup is
applied to a clean, moisturized face, the surface tension
created overcomes gravity and hold the minerals tightly to the
skin. The result? A more natural looking appearance with
minerals that do not run, smear, or crease. You are only a pat
away from achieving a naturally, flawless complexion.