There are hundreds of options in makeup, but which type is best? Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that it comes down to personal preference, but his patients and customers tend to prefer mineral based makeup.

“Mineral cosmetics tend to cause fewer problems with acne and it goes on with a nice finish. Natural mineral makeup is a fast growing segment of makeup, as it is usually made from natural ingredients and works on all skin types,” the doctor says.

The ingredients in mineral cosmetics are just that – minerals. The minerals are usually finely milled to provide a uniform coverage over your skin. Many mineral cosmetics also contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two physical sun blocks to protect your skin from environmental damage.

Often with mineral cosmetics, it’s not what’s included in the makeup but, rather, what’s left out.

Most mineral makeup is natural, meaning it’s free of preservatives, parabens, artificial dyes and fragrances. Because of these key properties, mineral cosmetics are less likely to irritate sensitive skin.

Natural mineral makeup is the best choice for extremely sensitive skin. It can be applied over skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and more without causing irritation or harmful side effects. Natural mineral makeup is also a great alternative to traditional makeup for those who are environmentally conscious as it contains no harmful chemicals that can damage the environment.

Mineral makeup began with loose mineral foundations and has spread to include eyeshadows, primers, concealers, lipsticks, blushes and more.

You can find mineral based alternatives to all traditional makeup products. The best mineral makeup protects your skin as it covers. For a fun look at the history of minerals in makeup, see the article “Makeup – A Wealth of Minerals” written by USBM Denver Research Center geologists, Donna Boreck and Liane Kadnuck.

Here are mineral makeup recommendations from Dr. Joel Schlessinger:

Colorescience Pressed Mineral Pigment Compact

Colorescience makeup products

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals

Jane Iredale makeup products

glo minerals Alloy Eyes Collection

glo minerals makeup products

The doctor notes that everyone will have a different opinion on the best makeup. “It will always come down to someone’s personal preference,” he says, “but, in my opinion, mineral makeup is the best option.”

What are your favorite mineral makeup products?

Posted Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 11:19 pm
Filed Under Category: Makeup Advice
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