The Power of Mineral Makeup
Patients often ask me what makeup I recommend. That's not the easiest question to answer. The most important thing is that you find a makeup that works well for your skin. As we all know, this often involves experimentation. You win some, you lose some. There is no perfect
makeup for everyone
. But nothing is better than finding makeup that works well for you. I credit mineral makeup (along with some of my other favorite things) as life-changing for my skin. This is a dramatic statement, yes. But for me it has proven true.
You'll get mixed reviews from medical providers on mineral makeup. Nowadays the term "mineral" makeup seems to be more of a marketing scheme than anything. Because of its popularity, it is lucrative to claim a product as "mineral." There has been a lot of hype about mineral-based products, and not all are worth talking about. For the purpose of this post, when I refer to mineral makeup I am talking about makeup free of organic dyes, preservatives and fragrance. How could this be a bad thing? In fact, mineral makeup really is not a new concept at all. Most makeup (if not all) is mineral-based because it contains zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and the like.
I recommend loose powder (foundation) often to patients. I find this to be great for patients with acne, rosacea, sensitive skin and oily skin. One of my favorite dermatologists, who I am privileged to call a personal mentor, got me into the habit of having patients avoid pressed foundations because they can be very comedogenic. Wouldn't you know that is one of the most popular makeups used, especially among younger clientele?
What I love about mineral makeup is that it is not heavy and it eliminates classic irritants like fragrances, dyes, talc, etc. It has anti-inflammatory properties from the titanium dioxide and zinc (which also offers added sun protection). Because the powder is ground very fine, it truly is non-comedogenic. And when you feel the texture you can't help but know that it is better for your skin. I love how it minimizes the appearance of pores and surface oil without a heavy application. It is capable of really making skin look smoother and feel softer. Not to mention it has very good staying power and you can build coverage - having a lighter daytime look that you can build upon for more formal occasions. As opposed to thicker liquid or pressed powder formulations, mineral powder is light but truly provides superb coverage. Often patients tell me that it looks like I am not wearing makeup. Last but not least, I love how the makeup reflects light - nothing wrong with a pretty glow.
Now, mineral makeup is certainly not for everyone. People with dry or older skin may find that loose mineral powders accentuate lines and wrinkles or that it looks chalky. I would recommend a creamy mousse-based foundation for those patients. But for those who are good candidates for mineral powder makeup, use away! After your regular skin routine, apply a tinted physical block sunscreen. Then tap, swirl and buff away my friends! Mineral makeup has a great place in the practice of dermatology and could benefit patients who are not aware of its skin-healthy properties.