2 March 2017

Is Mineral Makeup Really Worth It?

There has been a lot of buzz around mineral makeup in the beauty and skincare industry for the past decade with more and more companies such as Indie Lee, developing their own brands or improving what they already have. You can find mineral makeup in departments stores both physically and online (and, thanks to places like this site, you may even be able to save money when purchasing it). But what exactly is mineral makeup?

In the most basicMineral Makeup terms, mineral makeup refers to cosmetics that do not contain chemicals, dyes, and preservatives found in traditional makeup. However, my definition is a bit more specific. True, high-quality mineral makeup should be comprised of pure micronized minerals and should not contain talc, petroleum, alcohol, or fragrance. The ingredients should make the products naturally anti-inflammatory, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and non-irritating. The naturally sourced pigments should provide true colors with excellent, lasting coverage. Oh, and throw in some mineral-based sun protection for good measure.

Seems like a tall order, right? Well, not to me. As a licensed medical aesthetician who has devoted 20 years of her life to improving the skin and self-esteem of clients, I believe that makeup should enhance one’s skin instead of covering it. Makeup should not undo all of the time, money, and effort put forth into achieving beautiful skin. It should also be an extension of your skin care program. I do a lot of research when selecting products to carry at Embody MedSpa – from cleansers to serums, scrubs to masks – and the makeup we carry is no exception.

Jane Iredale For Mineral Makeup:

I have worked with several of the top mineral makeup product lines on the market and my absolute favorite is Jane Iredale – The Skin Care Makeup. The all natural, high-quality, high performance products within this line exceed even my vigorous standards. Not only are they in compliance with what I’ve listed above, but also they are oil-free, bismuth oxychloride-free (a known skin irritant that causes redness, rashes, and inflammation), paraben-free, and phthalate-free. Jane Iredale products are also hypo-allergenic, dermatologist tested, recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, and certified cruelty-free by CCIC and PETA. Whew… that’s a lot of good stuff!

But wait, there’s more! Remember that bit about makeup being an extension of your skincare program? Jane Iredale is actually good for your skin. It contains active ingredients like stem cells, peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to work with your existing skin care products.

So is mineral makeup really worth it? YES! If the products are of the highest quality, it is absolutely worth the investment to switch your makeup to minerals. Do your research on the makeup you’re using and other mineral makeup brands. You will wonder why you didn’t make the switch sooner.