The most common minerals used to make natural makeup are mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and talc. Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide are both effective sun blocks, protecting against UVA and UVB rays. But Titanium dioxide works double-duty, providing anti-inflammatory benefits as well. This calming effect makes mineral makeup suitable for those with sensitive skin, and even helps with issues like rosacea and eczema. Because it is non-comedogenic, pores will not become clogged, resulting in fewer breakouts. And the oil-absorbing properties of mineral makeup also help to reduce breakouts.
Now for the big question...Are all mineral makeup's safe?
Unfortunately, no. Some mineral makeups include harsh chemical ingredients (like chemical colorants or preservatives) and use less than 1% minerals in their formula. These not-so-natural makeups may still use the terms "natural" or "all natural" on their labels. Because the term "natural" is not regulated by the FDA, it is a good idea to check a mineral makeup product's label prior to purchase. The term "organic" does not apply to minerals, as they are mined from the earth, but minerals may be combined with other organic ingredients.
There has been some concern with talc as an ingredient. This is mostly due to the asbestos contamination that is common with cosmetic grade talc. You want to find a company that uses only pharmaceutical grade talc in its products that is free from asbestos.
Mineral makeup evens skin tone and diminishes the appearance of imperfections, while imparting a radiant glow to skin. And it comes in an array of gorgeous, natural colors - making it easy to find the perfect hues to suit your skin tone.
In the hot and humid season of summer, natural cosmetics such as loose or pressed powder work well in reducing shine and absorbing excess oil. If you still tend toward the dry side, try applying a bit of moisturizer or skin balm to cheeks just before applying powder and organic blush. This will keep skin hydrated, yet still give a refined finish.