Mineral makeup has been around for decades, but has gained popularity as many women are searching out natural products to apply on their skin. I’ve loved it for a while, too, and here are some of my favorite benefits of mineral makeup.

You typically think of mineral makeup as foundation, though you kind find everything from eyeshadow to blush to highlighter in mineral formulas. I particularly like it for a light sweep of foundation. When you take care of your skin, you don’t need to wear as much makeup to cover blemishes and other irritants that make your skin blotchy and uneven.

This kind of makeup is typically made from iron oxides, talc or mica, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide that are ground very finely. Compare this to traditional formulas of makeup, particularly foundations, that use preservatives like parabens, chemical dyes, and fragrances.

These preservatives can cause further irritation to skin, forcing you wear more of it to cover up the uneven tone or texture of your skin. What’s more, they don’t let your skin breathe like mineral makeup does, which means your skin will experience a slower healing process and your breakouts will last even longer.

Because it lacks the irritants found in traditional makeup, people with sensitive skin, oily, or acne-prone skin have touted the benefits of mineral makeup for years, though all skin types can benefit from mineral makeup.

While mineral makeup is not a replacement for SPF, anti-aging serums, treatments, and moisturizers, it can help your skin heal so these treatments are even more effective for you. That said, mineral makeup can act as a protecting agent against free radicals.

Mineral Makeup and it's Amazing Benefits for your Skin

[Related: learn how you can fight free radicals with matcha tea!]

What else can Mineral Makeup Do?

Compared to traditional foundations, mineral makeup is a natural, long-wearing foundation. You don’t need to use much of it (in fact, just a bit of it will do the job!) and it lasts for a long time. I like to pair mine with a light skin primer to get the full benefits.

It lasts because it adheres to the natural oils on your skin and doesn’t seep into you pores, unlike traditional makeup that’s water soluble. That also means that it won’t settle into fine lines and exaggerate them – no one wants that!

It also can be used to enhance the power of your sunscreen. I’m a huge proponent of wearing sunscreen, even in the winter, and anything that will protect my skin even more is amazing in my book. There are two kinds of sunscreen: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, the two minerals most commonly found in mineral makeup. When used with your daily SPF, it can boost the staying power and efficacy of your sunscreen.

If you need a little extra coverage, mineral makeup can be used on a dense brush (like a flat concealer brush) to act as a concealer. First, apply your foundation base all over your face, then go back in with your smaller brush to target the areas that need additional coverage.

[Related: why you should be washing your makeup brushes regularly to promote healthy skin.]

I love mineral makeup because I feel like I’m doing something beneficial for my skin. You can’t say that about traditional makeup that has a ton of preservatives and ingredients that could actually make your skin worse! It’s highly versatile, ranging from light to full coverage just by changing your brush. It also won’t clog your pores when you use more of it, like layering liquid foundation and concealer on your face would.

What’s your favorite type of mineral makeup to use?

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