When someone describes a woman as “natural” it usually means she wears her skin blemishes and unplucked eyebrows with pride. Cosmetics have been historically derided as a sign of artifice, maybe because it used to look, well, artificial and were usually bad for the skin with prolonged use. Modern cosmetics is much more natural looking now, accentuating features rather than covering the face like a mask, and they are much kinder to the skin. An interesting development in cosmetics recently is mineral makeup.
Dermatologists state that all makeup is mineral-based; the main difference between traditional and “mineral” makeup is what has been removed from the mix. In most cases, these are ingredients that have been found to be harmful in some way such as mineral oil, chemical dyes, preservatives, parabens, and fragrance. These are proven skin irritants, and causes severe reactions in users with sensitive skin. Many of these additives can also aggravate skin problems such as acne, eczema, and rosacea.
Many dermatologists recommend mineral makeup for their patients not only to prevent problems associated with makeup use, but also to provide protection from the sun and environmental irritants. The best physician grade cosmetic brands that may be available in a med spa would also have other products lines for preventing dryness and improving elasticity of the skin.
While mineral makeup may have been over-hyped, there is some basis for claims of efficacy in promoting skin health while providing esthetic benefits. However, just because a brand claims to be mineral-based does not mean it is a good one. Cosmetic users are advised to read the label whatever brand they are considering. Some of the ingredients that provide some skin benefits include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which act as a sun block. People with irritated skin would also benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of zinc oxide.