The Benefits of Mineral Makeup

Have you ever been overwhelmed by all the choices at the makeup counter?  Well, you’re not alone.

We have been so impressed by the positive feedback we’ve been getting on our Minerale Makeup line that we wanted to take the opportunity to blog about all its benefits!

Mineral makeup has been growing in popularity since it’s commercial introduction in the mid-70’s following the birth of the natural trends.  In truth though, mineral makeup is the first makeup ever used 1000’s of years ago- picture Cleopatra’s iron oxide rimmed eyes and crushed mica body shimmer! Yes, that was the first ever mineral makeup-

The majority of makeup on the market can contain ingredients that are potential irritants to the skin. Ingredients like chemical dyes, synthetic fragrance, binders, and preservatives can have damaging effects to the skin as well as increase the skin’s sensitivity and worsen sensitivity symptoms. Mineral makeup contains minerals including titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, iron oxides and gold. Because of those elements, mineral makeup has a built in sunscreen. Additionally, the zinc oxide has an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on the skin. This can help to diminish redness and help heal irritation in sensitive skin types.  Unlike traditional products, mineral makeup is generally fragrance free and excludes most chemicals, dyes and preservatives. This non-irritating formula makes it the perfect post treatment camouflage after having medical and cosmetic procedures.

Many mineral products are dry, powder based formula, which leads clients to ask another question. “Doesn’t powder makeup dry out the skin and make me look older?” While traditional powders do dry the skin and promote lines and wrinkles, mineral makeup is different. Mineral makeup is actually light reflective, which means it will obscure the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the skin and gives the complexion a youthful and natural glow.

For those still not convinced, a great new alternative is a liquid mineral foundation. Our favorite is the Liquid Lift Foundation in our Minerale Makeup line. Liquid Lift Foundation comes in 5 different shades and literally gives the skin a flawless, perfected look. It melts into the face like a second skin and hides any blemishes or imperfections. It is great for all skin types.  Moreover, it contains a copper bonded complex with peptides that increase collagen and elastin production, promote skin firmness and fills in lines and wrinkles. In addition, it contains Hyaluronic acid which is hydrating to the skin. This product is truly Makeup with Benefits!

For the ultimate natural look, we suggest applying Minerale Makeup’s Lift and Lock primer first, then brush on the liquid lift foundation with a synthetic bristled Foundation Brush, then finish with our Soft Focus Finishing powder using a natural Mineral Powder brush. The Lift and Lock Primer will not only help to keep the makeup on longer, it also contains ingredients to brighten and tighten the skin. The Soft Focus finishing powder is every makeup artist’s favorite trick! It was originally formulated for on camera use. It fills in pores and reflects light away from imperfections. It is a true all in one perfection, finishing and anti-aging powder.

Minerale Makeup is made using the finest ingredients and is additionally cruelty free, vegan and gluten free. Our products are made locally to ensure highest production quality and product efficacy.

Give mineral makeup a try!  You’ll be doing something good for your skin.

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Skin Care Tips for the College Student

College is a stressful time for your skin. Whether you’re an incoming freshman eager to live on your own, sleep in until whenever you want, and eat as much pizza as your heart desires, or a returning student promising to live out your new (school) year resolutions, every college kid can benefit from giving their skin a little extra TLC. Try waking up six minutes before class instead of five, to give yourself time to care for your skin, because a little wash can go a long way when your sleeping and eating schedules can fluctuate pretty radically.

Hydrate– Drink water regularly: this is probably the easiest way to help care for your skin while also improving your overall health. Water acts as a barrier to help keep unwanted toxins out, and hydrating fluids in, making your skin look healthy and refreshed!

Wash your make up off before going to bed– even after a night out, or a long night of hitting the books when all you want to do is go to bed, taking the extra couple of minutes to wash the day’s make up off your face will increase the health of your skin exponentially. Sleeping with makeup on is one of the worst things you can do to your skin.

Wear sunscreen– when the weather is warm and sunny, sunscreen is an essential that most people (especially teens and college kids) forget about or ignore.

Wash your phone (and your pillowcase!)– think about it, your phone screen is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, but you don’t think about that before answering the phone. Take a minute every once in a while to wipe the screen clean with a disinfecting wipe. Your face is also in contact with your pillowcase for at least 6 hours every day. Wash it often and clean your phone and you’ll be surprised at the improvement it will make on your skin.

Target your T-zone– most of you probably know by now that the most acne/oily-prone areas are the forehead, down the nose and on the chin. This area of the face is known as the T-zone, and is the area where most face washing routines should target. It is worth your time to wash your entire face, around the hairline, and the cheeks as well, but targeting the T-zone will get you the best results in eliminating acne.

Find a good face washing routine and stick to it! Guide to washing your face:

  • Decide if you have dry or oily skin. This is key in deciding on an effective face washing routine that will leave your skin feeling clean and clear!
  •  Find a cleanser. If your skin is on the dry side, a cream cleanser will work best in both cleaning out the pores, and nourishing them. If you have more oily o
    r greasy skin, use an acid based cleanser that will clean and control your facial oil production throughout the day. After applying the cleanser and scrubbing it into the skin, rinse off with cold water to help open the pores.
  • Find a moisturizer. For dry-skin, a moisturizer with emollients such as glycerin or dimethicone works great! Whereas for oily skin, use an oil-free moisturizer, perhaps that contains rice protein, as it is good at absorbing oil. This, you will leave on throughout the day to keep your face looking supple and gorgeous!
  • Exfoliate twice a week. Exfoliators are great but can definitely be overused. The washing and scrubbing of dead skin cells does wonders for the skin, but if done too often, can rub your skin dry of any nutrients and create a red, rashy, and flaky appearance, not to mention the discomfort you will experience. Try a mild cleansing scrub with jojoba beads as your first exfoliator and go from there!

Whoever you are, wherever you live, and whatever skin type you have, any and all college students could benefit from giving their skin a little extra TLC. Since everyone is different, it is important that you find a routine that works well for you in terms of skin care products, timing, and overall health. We wish you all the best in finding what works for you, and with summer winding down, and fall classes on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start. Have a great semester!College_Textbooks-480x280

Gluten Free Stamp

“Gluten-free” has been a buzz word lately among foodies, the health conscious, and it has recently entered the world of cosmetics. Now not only will you be bombarded with the “gluten-free” descriptor at your local grocery store, but it will also be popping up on facial cleansers, make-ups and lipsticks.

Gluten takes on the role of a foreign invader in the intestines of people with Celiac disease. In this mistaken confrontation, the immune system attacks a part of the small intestine that is used to break up nutrients, damaging the villi (small finger-like structures responsible for absorption) and increasing intestinal pain. More people than ever before are being diagnosed with Celiac disease. Joseph Murray M.D. and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN are convinced it is an actual increase in prevalence over the last couple of decades, and not simply an increase in awareness and diagnostic tools. Their research concluded that Celiac disease is four times more common now than it was half a century ago, for a number of different reasons.

The question still stands, how far do people with Celiac disease need to go to cut gluten out of their lives? And how do cosmetics fit into that equation?

With the disease being a digestive disorder, many question the relationship between gluten-free goods and topical cosmetics products. Although there have been some consumers to speak out about topical rashes due to the presence of gluten in their face and eye creams, the hypothesis that the amount of gluten in most cosmetics products is too minute to cause such reactions still stands strong. Moreover, in scientists eyes, the only products that have the potential to transfer gluten into the digestive system, where it could be a potential threat, are products applied close to and around the lips and mouth such as lipsticks, toothpastes, and lip balms. Even then, some scientists claim that the majority of those products contain so little gluten that even accidentally ingesting particles would do little to no harm to the digestive systems of people suffering from Celiac disease.

On the flip side, research has shown that the average woman ingests about four pounds of lipstick throughout her lifetime, so gluten-conscious cosmetic seekers may be up to something after all! The bottom line is, there have been a limited number of cases where products containing gluten have been correlated with inflammation, rashes, red spots, and the like, and all of these cases come from personal testimonials. Highly technical, data-driven scientists question the validity and real causation of these outbreaks. That being said, buying and using gluten-free products is not going to hurt, and for some, it has only been shown to help enhance skin texture, color, and appearance.

There is no need to wheel in the garbage can and slide every glutenous product off your bathroom countertop, but there is also no harm in asking your cosmetic provider about the gluten content of your products, and trying out a gluten-free product next time you run out of your favorite makeup or face wash. There really is nothing to lose, and perhaps you’ll find a new product to know and love.

Kathryn Flaharty is a graduate of Canterbury School in Fort Myers and currently a sophomore at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. She is working for the summer at Trilogy Laboratories in Fort Myers, the manufacturer of the Azul Medical and IntegraDerm brand of skin care products.

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