This weeks question is from Michelle:
“Hello MySkin-Coach, can you please tell me what the difference is between main stream makeup and mineral makeup? I am so confused. Thank you”
Thank you for your question. I can understand how confusing you may be with all the marketing hype for makeup.
Main stream makeup may contain many chemicals and fillers including Talc (which interestingly, is a mineral!) These chemicals are ingredients such as; synthetic colours, expanders (increasing the size of the makeup), Talc is a good example of this, also sun screen chemicals and chemical preservatives. Some may even contain fragrances, which have no benefit to the skin, but everyone seems to love the smell of a product!
Mineral makeup on the other hand, usually contains only the pigment which will be listed as Iron Oxides, sun protection ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and true minerals that will sit on the surface of the skin rather than being absorbed into the skin for example: Mica. Once you add water to a product you must add a preservative therefore, Mineral makeup in its truest form, is a powder and will not require a preservative.
I hope this clarifies the difference between the two makeup types on the market. Remember, Talc which is not favourable to the skin as it is known as a comedogenic ingredient may be added to some mineral makeup products so ensure you read the label prior to purchasing.
What Mineral Makeup brand is your favourite? I would love to hear from you.