How to Know If You Should Switch to Mineral Makeup
Find out if you should jump on this popular cosmetic trend bandwagon with some illuminating facts.
Step 1: Consider your sensitive skin Consider switching if you have sensitive skin. Mineral makeup often eliminates skin irritants, like fragrances, binders, and synthetic dyes. But know that some brands do contain preservatives, fillers, and chemicals, so choose wisely.
TIP: Products labeled "all natural" or "all mineral formula" don't necessarily mean they don't have synthetic ingredients, so always read the ingredient label.
Step 2: Try it if you have skin problems Try mineral makeup if you have conditions like acne or rosacea. The titanium dioxide and zinc oxide they contain have anti-inflammatory properties that may help calm such conditions.
TIP: If you have these skin conditions, look for formulas that don't contain bismuth oxychloride -- a binder and filler that may irritate skin.
Step 3: Realize sunscreen limits Realize that if you're switching to mineral makeup for sun protection, you still need to wear sunscreen. While it's better than nothing, it's nowhere near the protection you need.
Step 4: Consider your age Consider your age when contemplating mineral makeup. It's dry, like a powder, and may actually accentuate lines and wrinkles.
Step 5: Think twice if you have dark skin tone Think twice about switching if you have a dark skin tone. Some have reported that the colors have an ashy undertone, which may not be flattering on you.
Step 6: Know what fans say Know that fans of mineral makeup like the light, smooth, long-lasting coverage and the candlelight glow you can get from it. Most stores offer samples, so the best way to know if you'll like it is to try it first.
FACT: The worldwide market for natural and organic cosmetics exceeded $7 billion in 2008, up $1 billion from the previous year.