Mineral Makeup is just as it sounds, makeup made from natural minerals found on Earth. However, there is more to it than just that.
Used since ancient times, mineral makeup does not contain any toxins or parabens, such as talc or fragrance, which can be irritating to the skin. Instead, mineral makeup is comprised of natural oxides, including zinc and iron, that are ground to a fine, luminous powder for use on the skin.
While traditional makeup also uses minerals in its formulation, it is often mixed with heavy oils, water, perfumes, synthetic pigmentation, and preservatives for longer shelf lives and lower costs. These ingredients are known to clog pores and cause irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin. Instead, mineral makeup is made from simple ingredients found in nature and benefits the skin.
Iron Oxides: Composed of iron and oxygen, Iron Oxides originate from natural minerals and are used to tint and enhance makeup shades. Iron Oxides benefit the skin by providing protection from visible and blue light, which have been shown to lead to premature aging of the skin and pigmentation. In addition, Iron Oxides help cover existing pigmentation.
Zinc Oxides: Zinc Oxides nourish the skin with anti-inflammatory properties and provide protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Zinc Oxide has also been proven to control excess oil and seal in moisture.
Mica Powders: As a naturally occurring mineral dust, Mica Powders provide dense color saturation and are often used in mineral foundations and shimmer powders. Unlike synthetic pigments, Mica Powders do not cause irritation and are safe for those with sensitive skin.
Titanium Dioxide: Found in the Earth’s crust, Titanium Dioxide has a white opaqueness with light-reflecting properties and is often used as a brightener in mineral makeup. Titanium Dioxide can block harmful ultraviolet rays and protects skin from such things as oxidative stress, photoaging, and UV damage.
Because mineral makeup is comprised of natural ingredients, it has several skin-enhancing benefits and does not cause irritation like a lot of supermarket brands due to their use of fillers, fragrances, and other irritants.
bellapierre Cosmetics was founded in 2005 and specializes in producing makeup from pure oxides to show that mineral makeup is beneficial to the skin, especially for those with existing conditions, such as acne, rosacea, and eczema, as it does not contain fillers or additives.