Key Ingredients in Mineral Makeup – Healthy Protection For Your Skin

By on August 5, 2011

By Lisa D. Liguori –

The two key ingredients in mineral makeup are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Both of these minerals are beneficial for your skin in a number of ways, working in tandem to bring your skin sun protection, excellent coverage, stay-put power, and more!

So, if you want to know more about what is in your mineral makeup and on your face, read on…

Titanium Dioxide

What exactly is it?

Titanium dioxide is a white, naturally occurring oxide, a mineral. It has many uses, but for today, we will keep to the topic of mineral makeup.

Why is it used?

It has very high refraction properties which helps to reflect light away from the skin, making it one of the best sunscreens you can find. It is virtually waterproof, brings a matte texture to the table, and has good adhesion.

So, why should I care? In other words, WIFM?

If you like a mineral makeup that has a built-in sunscreen, will stay on even if you jump in the pool and swim a few laps (or cry at commercials like I do), and stays on all day until you take it off, then you want titanium dioxide in your foundation.

Zinc Oxide

What exactly is it?

Zinc oxide, a fluffy white powder, is an inorganic oxide, a mineral.

Why is it used?

In makeup it is used primarily as a colorant and a sunscreen agent. It also brings to the table, lubricating, thickening, whitening power, coverage and adhesion (the sticky-to-your-face so it doesn’t just fly away kind of adhesion).

WIFM

You may very well ask, “What’s in it for me?”

There is virtually no risk of skin irritation from zinc oxide.

It is insoluble in water which gives it the lovely ability of staying on your skin even while swimming and sweating. Love that!

It offers protection from the sun by sitting on top of the skin scattering and absorbing the harmful rays, both UVA & UVB.

Because of its healing properties, it has been used to treat diaper rash, minor burns, and other minor skin irritations for years.

But wait, there is more! Zinc Oxide is:
• anti-inflammatory
• healing for rosacea & acne
• anti-microbial
• the broadest spectrum UVA, UVB & UVC absorber that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA
• completely photo stable
• beneficial in reducing pre-mature aging of the skin & skin cancer due to it’s broad spectrum sunscreen

Are you sold yet? I am!

Lisa D Liguori has spent many years doing extensive research in the field of healthy beauty care products. After being disappointed in the offerings in the industry, Lisa founded Style Essentials, an online boutique to offer a truly healthy alternative.

Style Essentials guarantees that every product carried is safe and effective, and Lisa herself prides herself in her excellent personal attention and service. Feel confidant that she will be here when you need her advice, support and expertise. In addition, http://www.styleessentials.com/ is a wealth of helpful resources on healthy beauty as well as pure mineral makeup tips.

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About Lisa D Liguori

Lisa D Liguori is founder & owner of Style Essentials, the resource for healthy beauty and a personal touch! In between consulting with clients and researching new products to share, she is an active homeschooling mama of two growing up kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. Website: www.StyleEssentials.com. Connect with me: www.facebook.com/StyleEssentials www.twitter.com/LisaDLiguori

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Key Ingredients in Mineral Makeup – Healthy Protection For Your Skin