Joel Schlessinger MD discusses mineral and non-mineral makeup

The type of makeup you choose can have a powerful impact on your complexion. Using the best makeup for your skin type and tone can enhance your natural beauty, improve your skin’s health and even make you appear younger. The wrong kind of makeup can clog pores, cause irritation and undo the results of your skin care regimen.

Though there are countless categories and subcategories for makeup, it is generally divided into just two: mineral and non-mineral.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains titanium dioxide and other mineral ingredients.

True mineral makeup contains natural minerals mined from the earth and little else. Common mineral ingredients include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxide and ultramarine. These minerals can contain antioxidants with anti-aging benefits that help protect the skin against free radical damage.

Titanium dioxide, for example, is a natural sun-deflector, and is often among the active ingredients in physical sunscreens. If you choose a mineral makeup that contains titanium dioxide, you automatically receive a little sun protection, though it’s always best to use additional sunscreen with your mineral makeup regardless of the SPF it boasts.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger encourages patients with sensitive or acne-prone skin to choose mineral makeup.

Mineral makeup is designed to remain on the skin’s surface, creating a natural barrier against environmental stressors. Some argue that this “second skin” effect makes for a beautiful, more natural finish. Because it stays on top of the skin, mineral makeup won’t clog pores, making it a great option for those who are prone to acne. It can come in liquid form, but pressed or loose powders are more common. The powders often provide a matte finish, another attractive aspect for oily skin types.

At LovelySkin, we recommend jane iredale Amazing Base Loose Minerals SPF 20. This loose mineral powder offers a short, skin-health-promoting ingredient list with SPF and anti-aging benefits. It’s a customer favorite for its lightweight coverage and natural finish.

Non-mineral makeup is generally not recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other dermatologists.

Non-mineral makeups may contain a long list of ingredients with harsh chemicals, dyes, fragrance and preservatives. These ingredients are known irritants for many. It usually contains no anti-aging benefits, though some non-mineral foundations offer SPF. Many non-mineral formulas are liquid, and far more likely to soak into the skin, clogging pores and exacerbating acne. They also often contain oil, which can cause a disruption in the skin’s natural balance. Dr. Schlessinger and other dermatologists recommend that patients, especially those with sensitive or acne prone skin, steer clear of non-mineral makeups to avoid irritation and breakouts.

Still, there are liquid foundations on the market that do promote skin health without featuring exclusively mineral ingredients. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation uses advanced technology to provide continuous oxygen to the skin cells, allowing them to breathe, heal and stimulate collagen growth.

There is no product that’s right for everyone, Dr. Joel Schlessinger cautions.

It’s important to note that even though mineral makeup is the preferred choice among dermatologists, there is no makeup formula that is right for everyone. Some patients have found that they have allergic reactions or breakouts in response to minerals just as others have reactions to the chemical ingredients found in non-mineral makeup.

Also, just because a product purports to be mineral-based, doesn’t mean that it is also free of fragrance, chemicals, preservatives or other ingredients you may find unsavory. Always check labels and ingredient lists to be sure you’re using the best products for your needs and skin type.

Do you have a question for Dr. Schlessinger about mineral or non-mineral makeup? Let us know in the comments below.

Posted Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 8:24 pm
Filed Under Category: Makeup & Cosmetics, Makeup Advice
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